March 20, 2013
"Unfettered Capitalism" with Coach Glassman - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]
"CrossFit Games Update: March 19, 2013" - [video]
Posted by Pukie at March 20, 2013 5:00 PM
Never get enough of Greg, he is the best
My people !!!!
Proud of You !!!
Keep working hard !!!
Good work girls!!! Can't get enough.
On the pic
Ana , Stephanie , Lili, Rosie !!!
Let's Go Girls
Awesome!!! We only got beautiful, strong, badass women at K1 CrossFit.
Proud to be a part of the madness.
Cancer is real been w/us since beginning of time...we see it in our medical practice daily...skeptical it will ever be cured...we can't cure the common cold for G's sake! ADHD is a bogus diagnosis....to sell drugs & treatment. I have both professional and personal familly experience that brings me to that point of view. Greg Glassman is much more right than wrong Jon Gray. You would realize that if you had heard his entire talk. He never claimed CrossFit was a cure all. Nothing is. In medicine we used to believe "blood letting", and drilling holes in people skulls and applying leeches was a cure. Now we know better...or do we really. Ever evolving my friend. Be well, and be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Open your mind to the possibilites.
The first pull ups is a great feeling. You have now drank the CF cool-aid..
I could listen to coach talk all day.
Your model (if it is a model) is imbued with as much Jane Jacobs as F.A. Hayek. Freedom understood as a messy spontaneous creative thing that occurs when people who can look each other in the eye and want to are given the chance to do so, not a thing strictly delimited by contractual and proprietary rights and the powers that enforce them.
Your model (if it is a model) is imbued with as much Jane Jacobs as F.A. Hayek. Freedom understood as a messy spontaneous creative thing that occurs when people who can look each other in the eye are given the chance to do so, not a thing strictly delimited by contractual and proprietary rights.
Great job Diego your an amazing instructor very technical and have great attention to detail!! You guys at k1 are awesome
Prolix - nice to see you back around. I wasn't aware of Jacobs and had to look her up. Very interesting. I'm not sure of her applicability to Greg's economic model, but some of what I read would suggest similar thoughts on 'central planning' and the idea that there are bureaucrats who 'know better' than free markets.
That is one of the coolest pictures I have seen in a while!
Where's Ms. Siddell's video?
Hi Dale, hope all is well.
I think the commonality lies in letting people live their lives/run their businesses as they choose, and allowing the "structure" (within which they live their lives/run their businesses) to form around them a by-product of their activities, rather than trying to provide the "structure" from the outside or from the top.
The "outside" or "top" could be the bureaucracies of the State or Capital [I realize this sounds so pre-Reagan]. Looking at the terms of affiliation posted on the website, CrossFit seems to be trying consciously to avoid becomming a capital (intellectual capital) bureaucracy.
Subbed BFCF WOD:
4 minute AMRAP:
15 Hang Power Clean @ 95
25 box jumps @ 24", then
800 meter run, then
40 WBS @ 20/10
Made up WOD 130317-Sunday: "Barraza"
AMRAP in 18 minutes of:
275# Deadlift, 9 reps
6 Burpee Bar Muscle-ups
(Subbed 1 Burpee + 3 Pull-ups + 3 Dips per 1 MU)
Rounds - 3 complete + 200M run
Best coaches in Miami. Diego and company are machines!
I have to say it!!! I love to train very hard. That why I go to nockuot zone; the crossfit there is really good!!! Thanks diego!
20lb. vest for all movements
100 push ups w/20vest, each stop 3 pullups 5 scap slides then switch to 75dips, each stop 3 pullups 5 superman lat pulls.
Prolix - yes, that was what I thought you meant. Jacobs seemed to have pushed the "radical" notion that neighborhoods could "sort themselves out" better than the urban planners (a la Robert Moses) could ever do.
I would say that Greg and CF, Inc. have tried to remain as true to the idea that markets are 'fundamentally unknowable' as possible. And therefore that attempts to impose strictures, territories, or other franchise-like regulations on affiliates (even when a vocal minority demand it) would only violate Hazlitt's "One Simple Lesson" of economics. It's unfortunate that more people don't read that text as young as possible.
F.A. Hayek The Road to Serfdom- "It is important not to confuse opposition to this kind of [centralized] planning with a dogmatic laissez faire attitude... the [classic] liberal argument is in favor of making the best possible use of the forces of competition as a means of coordinating human efforts, not an argument for leaving things just as they are... It does not deny but even emphasizes that, in order that competition should work beneficially, a carefully thought-out legal framework is required... The functioning of competition depends, above all, on the existence of an appropriate legal system. It is by no means sufficient that the law should recognize the principle of private property and freedom of contract: much depends on the precise definition of the right of property as applied to different things."
I am very disappointed in seeing this support for unfettered capitalism on crossfit. Much of the deterioration of the US is because of exactly this. It is only through the solidarity of the American people that we have achieved greatness. Unfettered capitalism leads to the wealth of the very few at the expense of the many. We are at a crossroads in the evolution of our country where we choose to waste the greatest resourse that we have, the minds of our children. We live in the richest country in the world but one third of our children are dependent on food stamps to eat. More unfettered capitalism will not change this but only increase it. We have strayed too far to the right and found ourselves in a predicament resembling Weimar Germany which the discourse so closely resembles
I most thank all the girls at K1 fitness. For their encouragement and dedication and pushing each other to do their best. For me is not about the time but that I am able to finish the whole work out.
Coach Glassman is a breath of fresh air. He is a reminder and example of what makes this country great. Individual Liberty is what this country was founded on. It seems this principle creates the closest and strongest communities because membership is voluntary.
@Matthias Corbascio #30
The University of Chicago school of Economics has done a lot of studies regarding the Myth that you are speaking of. The Von Mises Institute of the tradition of the Austrian School of Economics touches on this too. Monopolies and Oligarchies in industry are a product of non-competitive markets. The oligarchs in Russia at the present are a perfect example of how governmental control of the means of production leads to monopolistic markets. China and pretty much the entirety of South America and Mexico are also excellent examples of the type of crony capitalism or socialism that leads to monopolies and oligarchies.
In regards to the rhetoric you spit out on the Weimar Republic you ought to be ashamed of yourself. The two controlling parties of that time period in Germany were the National Socialists and the Labour Movement Party which was entirely Marxist in thought and action. Those two parties are the opposite of unfettered capitalism they were the crown jewel of planned societies at the time period. For a good analysis of that time period and the lead up to Nazi Germany read R.D.Butlers "The Roots of National Socialism".
Thank you for displaying the complete and utter disregard for the study of Economics that you have displayed. I will end with another quote by F.A. Hayek,
"The Illusion of the specialist that in a planned society he would secure more attention to the objective for which he cares most is a more general phenomenon than the term 'specialist' at first suggests. In our predilections and interests we are all in some measure specialists. And we all think that our personal order of values is not merely personal but that in a free discussion among rational people we would convince others that ours is the right one... All know that their aims can be fully achieved only through central planning and they all want planning for that reason. But, of course, the adoption of the social planning for which they clamor can only bring out the concealed conflict between their aims.. The hopes they place in planning, however, are the result not of a comprehensive view of society but rather of a very limited view and often the result of a great exaggeration of the importance of the ends they place foremost.. From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a few steps."
You must understand that any society that limits economic freedom also necessarily limits political and individual freedom.
The principles of Milton Friedman and his University of Chicago henchmen were clearly on display throughout South America from the 1970's onward. The privatisation of everything at all cost lead to a horror chamber of mass murder and repression. The programs recommended by University of Chicago economists were so unpalapable that they could only be accepted after they had been rammed down the throats of the South American people by various military dictators enjoying the full support of the US goverment.
In every experiment of unfettered capitalism the result has always been disaster. To cite the evolution of russian oligarchs as example of goverment control is an interesting exercise. Jeffery Sachs, the great harvard professor of economics was in the room at the Kremlin when Boris Jeltsin effectively dissolved the Soviet Union. Together they impliemented the fastest and greatest privatisation policy probably ever attempted. This process came to be knowm as shock therapy. The success of this process is now in retrospect obvious. They lead to a complete free for all, and out of this process the oligarchs came out on top. Most Free Market lovers will claim that these policies of shock therapy only failed because there was still to much goverment control and only if a little more free market principles could have been implemented then success would have been achieved.
I think you have misrepresented what took place in Chile from 1955-1975. The "chicago boys" if you want to call them that had little affect on the policies of the Military Government in the early 1970's and prior to that had no affect on Allende. In 1975 on the verge of economic collapse and with hyperinflation already having set in, with y-o-y totals averaging 500% the prior few years, the military government appointed some of the chicago trained economists to positions in the government. From 1975-1995 real per capita income increased 2.5 times. Inflation leveled off to a still high but less extraordinary average level of 8% per year over that time span. Far more people were raised out of poverty from 1975-1995 than the previous two hundred years.
As for the Russian oligarchs may I suggest a reading of the book, "Funding Loyalty: From communist party inc. to Russia inc." by Eugenia Belova and Valery Lazarev. The insights into the years leading up to and following the break-up of the Soviet Union are more than I can put in this comment section. My one comment on this though is that the former elite of the Communist party in the Soviet Union became the industrial Oligarchs of Russia. The Communist Party began being run as a for-profit business in 1949 and accumulated massive amounts of wealth. Once capitalism was brought on all of this wealth that had been stolen from the Soviet Citizens was used to make power plays and seize up all the commodities and assets that would lead them to the oligarch status that they now have.
Jeffery Sachs used the shock therapy in bolivia in 1985 in the year prior bolivia had 1,175% inflation 85-87 they had and average of 15% inflation a year. Bolivia had a real per capita income of $600 us dollars in 1985. Today Bolivia has a real per capita income of $4,000 us dollars. He then advised poland, estonia, and slovenia in their transitions from communism to capitalism. Poland awarded him the highest civilian honor in 1999 the commanders cross of the order of merit. In 1990 poland had a real per capita income of $1,600 us dollars today it has a real per capita income of $20,000 us dollars. Estonia had a real per capita income of $600 us dollars in 1991 today it has a real per capita income of $17,000 us dollars. Slovenia had a real per capita income of $8,000 us dollars in 1993 and today they have a real per capita income of $26,000 us dollars.
So I will make the argument with statistics to back up my claim that the people of those countries are better off now after the introduction of capitalism, than they were living under the oppressive tyranny of socialism/communism.