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  • Writer's pictureDel Chatterson

In defense of Capitalism & Enlightened Entrepreneurship

Updated: Feb 26

“You never win playing by the rules.”

“Give ‘em what they want.”

Those were the slogans of organized crime – some of the most successful capitalists in the world – if you judge success by who’s making the most money. Turning to crime and breaking all the rules was a lesson learned by the Mob during Prohibition in the 1920s when alcohol was banned. Now crooked capitalists are exploiting the demand for illegal drugs and the fortunes to be made in cryptocurrency exchanges, hacking, ransomware, and stock market scams. Buyer beware is still the best defense, since regulators and law enforcement can’t keep up with the creative and technology-savvy criminals.

But it can be hard to resist the money to be made by ignoring the rules and our social responsibilities. Lying, cheating and stealing seem to work for some people and they get away with it for too long.

So let’s remind ourselves that being a responsible, ethical, enlightened entrepreneur, who does not ruthlessly exploit people and the planet, is still a better way to become rich and famous. Or at least make a good living, stay out of jail, and have our families proud of how we got there.

Even without the rich and famous part we’ll be happy to leave our valuable

contributions and the fond memories of friends and family behind at the end.

Be better. Do Better. Be an Enlightened Entrepreneur.

Del Chatterson, your Uncle Ralph

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