A Great New Set Of Really Dumb Ideas. . . .
Thanks to my brother for this one. He got the idea to call good things junk then pay people to come and remove the good stuff, now called junk.
Socialism is where everyone pays for everything. Capitalism is based on barter and trade. My brother invented a third way. Inverted Capitalism. His way is the inversion of Capitalism, the inversion of trade. Here’s how it worked with a Wurlitzer piano.
Selling things is not a new idea but wealth really increased when money was invented. .
Money has been a part of human history for almost 3,000 years. The fantastic increase in the population is because of money. Human progress began when figured out how to barter and trade with each other. Human progress took off when money was invented. but many people call the love of money the root of all evil.
Ayn Rand asked: “Have you ever asked what is the root of money?” She answered: “Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them.”
Let that sink in because without goods there is no need for money.
Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. My brother came up with the next idea which is idea to pay someone to take your products. Give them both a product and some money.
The piano was bought at full retail by my parents for my sister who was taking piano lessons. My sister passed away and her piano was in her house so my brother wanted to get rid of the piano. His idea was to call it junk then call a moving company to remove the junk and he paid them for doing it.
The piano was worth maybe $1,500 tops but my brother paid the movers $500 to remove it. Cost? Instead of getting $1,500 he paid someone to take it for their own use. The cost was a loss of the piano, the $1,500 it was worth plus the $500 to take it. Instead of a piano we got a bill for $500. Did it cost him $500 or $2,000?
It’s like buying a new car and the dealer would pay you to drive it away. Imagine F.C. Kerbeck paying people thousands of dollars to come and get a new Cadillac. Kerbeck would set records for moving the highest number of Cadillac’s . . . until his money ran out.
My brother got rid of maybe $4,000 to $7,000 worth of good, salable furniture, tools, perfume and fur coats by paying people to come and get them. He thinks he saved time by doing things that way without grasping that he lost a lot of money by selling stuff by paying people to take it.
Next he’ll sell the house itself by paying someone to take it off his hands.
I gotta stop that. There’s a limit to how agreeable I am to his inverted ideas. The man is one big ball of wreck but he can’t put one stone on top of another to make something.