||Part 1 The Lessons that
Make Up the Hidden Agendas
As a poor brat working the welfare system, Bob Barnett knew something was
wrong. People competed to get something for nothing, especially exagerrating
their misfortunes to increase their freebies. Public assistance helped his
mom have eight kids in nine years. The lesson: Help that does not help
the helpless to help themselves is not really help.
Escaping the welfare system, Bob Barnett became self-supporting at age eight
by shining shoes 40 to 50 hours a week.Working harder than the kids that
did not work, doing a lowly job that improved the world in a small way, he
was the butt of jokes because of the color of his tanned hands. The lesson:
The problem-solvers not only don't go unrecognized but often are demeaned
by those who don't solve real problems. One doesn't have to
have African genes to be a
, the highest
compliment that you can pay another human being
if you look
at why the racist demeans rather than reputes
his unjustified motives. Insults often represent actual compliments.
At age 13, among the other discoveries of puberty, Bob Barnett was thunked
by the big realization: I am someone who is responsible for his fate.
From this came a desire to develop an inner value system on which and by
which to act so as not to make a fool of himself. System after system was
explored for establishing an eclectic unity. Too often, like the crew on
a sinking ship, the tedium of duty, honor, and integrity was abandoned for
wanton cheap survival. Nonetheless, a lesson, the more you try to live
honestly with the whisper of your blood, the more
different you become from those who question less or not.
Starting high school, his shoe shining days came to an end as name-forgotten
classmates increasingly made fun of the color of the skin on his hands. Shelving
the shoeshine box, Bob Barnett applied for job after job before becoming
a liquor store burgler from necessity. Break and grab ... two cases of 80
proof to go with the five finger discount ... sell at $25 a bottle to the
mockers and laughers ... but keep looking for a job. When hired to fry Krekel
Burgers, the thievery stopped. I did not choose to be a
thief--it was a decision forced on me. The lesson, people don't engage
in petty crime when they have jobs. A second lesson, learned from the
hard scrabble owner, Bill Krekel,
America is the place where anyone can make it if they are willing to
College was approached with the goal of questioning how to best live the
one life he had. Preparing for a job could wait until the job of "Why?" was
finished. Course work was structured and sequenced to understand the questions
and the questioner. To maximize progress, never-regretted time was devoted
to maximizing learning and memory. By the time academia was abandoned just
before the dissertation, above average performance had been proven in
electricity, electronics, chemistry, physiology, neurowhatever, psychology,
and philosophy. People far apart, elsetime and elsewhere, eerily came up
with a moniker DIBS--deserted island
Academia was disappointing because of the politics behind the facade of pursuing
truth: The lesson, expressed one afternoon to a government class, Politics
limits policy-making in solving problems by injecting unrelated factors.
Solutions are simple until politicians inject the complexity of something
for nothing to reward their campaign bribers with campaign welfare.
During undergraduate, the foundations were formed for what became
As a clutter cutter for seeing and doing right, it encompassed and exceeded
previously explored and entertained system. But knowing right and doing right
are two different things. Personal politics, i.e., pleasure, often corrupts
goodness, no matter how good. And, timism, for all its goodness was also
badness incarnate. It endows the bearer with the means to reach in and find
another's raw nerves and then piss on them. Having prompted suicides
and suicide attempts, I learned one should not destroy without offering
a better system that is easily embraced.
When faced with pursuing the good or bad of timism, this lesson was crucial
in focusing on problem-solving rather than becoming an Oklahoma City Bomber
or Unibomber. The solution is not the destruction of government and capitalism
but the betterment of the two. Renovation and rennaisance,
not revolution and revulsion.
A period of deadend materialism reawakened and deep-seated the commitment
to summarize and share my lessons and learnings. As ontogeny recapitulates
phylogeny, so does my personal travails and hopes reflect the mire of mankind.
As I would have had a simpler, happier life so would mankind were it not
for the habitual politicians' despotic policy-making. Out of a period
of anger and frustration, a process was perceived to reduce anger and frustration
of self and humanity. This process is the timistic twins of goodness: Better
Democracy and Better Capitalism.
Part 2 Intellectual Underpinnings and Exploration
In 1978, Robert S. Barnett turned his efforts to understanding why he had
in recent years become so angry at the "system" as to be self-destructive
in his survival actions. An Archimedes's "Eureka" or a Saul of Tarsus's "Thud"
prompted the realization that the system wasn't wrong in theory but was abused
by wolves parading under the sheepskins of democracy and capitalism. Thus
began a now two decade long journey that was supposed to last only
a few years.
In 1982, a reporter wrote an article:
Sees Solutions From Computers. Most of the
writings were completed by this time. The
exceptions were Managing without Managers(1989)
and Ecos Nomos: The Needed Economics (1991).
The former was an attempt to summarize my approach to "profiting from democracy
and capitalism in the workplace." The latter is an effort to provide a new,
basic foundation for economists
(time/Timism) who know
the price of everything but the value of nothing. Many have asked why
I did not get these baker's dozen of
books formerly published. Simple: time, control and
goal. Time spent fussing with editors would
erode control of the content for achieveing the goal
of change for a better world. This is not to
say that I don't find myself embarrassed by some of the
things I wrote which a good editor would have shown me the
foolishiness of having in the text.
In 1983, I started AESOP which had a dual
meaning: American Employee Stock Ownership Plan and American Economic
System of Production. I developed software to promote democracy and capitalism
in the workplace. I believed that if you empower and reward people to be
their own boss that a better system would result. I was wrong. Or, I was
the wrong messenger with the right message.
Along the way, software was developed to bring about better democracy and
capitalism in the community. Touch-Tone Manager was software packaged that
let people do many things, e.g., payroll. It also allowed people to vote
on colfilperhoned issues. The first
winner within the office was a high schooler, Miev Va Heak.
After a surge protector burned the business up in
Presses on despite blaze--I scrambled to raise capital to keep the idea
afloat. My absence resulted in employees not charging customers for services
and products rendered. With the capital deficit, cashflow deficit and faulty
problems, I found myself in bankruptcy. Clearly, software will not help everyone
be a self-starting manager. With tears in my eyes, I begged employees to
please use the system to record production time. My reward, an office full
of people (nine to twelve) with no one charging the customer for time invested
in fulfilling the customer's requests. I often thought that employees craved
the acceptance of strangers passing through for a moment of life to the security
of building a career by charging a fair price for the service the stranger
requested. Simple standards were not observed, e.g., printing pink crosses
on the business cards of the American Red Cross.
During this period, I thought I was helping
Morning News Ad. I tried to share colfilperhone with
he had the means to create true electronic townhall meetings:
May 1992 and
August 1992. My
reception was a cold shoulder with lots of incriminating questions and with
a thanks but no thanks
was lucky that a daughter's wedding prompted the withdrawal of that little
billionaire bellyacher who is America's top recipient of public welfare through
EDS. While George Bush said, "Read My Lips," the billionaire bellyacher,
promising solutions if elected, projected, "Read my Mind."
When Perot ran for office, many people called and said that I had taken too
long, for Perot was saying things I had written many years earlier. In fact,
when I placed my ad in the Dallas paper, a lady called me from Texas and
berated me for stealing Perot's ideas! The difference between Perot and me
is he wants to be Ross the Boss while I want to be Bob who does not rob.
The biggest impediment to better democracy and capitalism will be getting
the multitudes of petty legal thieves to stop stealing so as to force the
big thieves to stop. Most people don't realize that their nickle and dime
thefts let others steal dollars from them.
Great Message, Good Messenger
As a timist, I fulfill the origin of the word "respect", that is, "re-inspect."
I re-inspect people for how much time they create or destroy. Are they part
of the problems or the solutions? The poor illiterate blue collar worker,
barely making ends meet, is more respectable than the Kennedyesque squire
spending inherited bundles on booze, women and drugs--the good life stuff
of Madison Avenue advertisement. I'd rather share a beer, island and heaven
with the former than the latter. It is akin to Calvin Coolidge's comment
about the wisdom of a person who has had to work to make a business successful.
And, accordingly, I value the respect of the respectable. While it is
self-serving, despite my many short-comings, I have traveled a longer, harder
path with less support. From birth, by accident. From insight, by choice.