A Message to Garcia

    Better  late than never. I was stuck by just how accurate A Message describes the thinking of many people in today’s workforce.  I liked the section asking the reader to give an assignment to a co-worker.  In my experience, many people would ask “Why?” or “Why can’t so and so do it?”. I would disagree with the author on one point.  The author describes the | Read More »

    Booknotes: A Message to Garcia

    My contribution to the Book Notes project after re-reading “A Message to Garcia”.

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    A Message to Garcia

    If you don’t know why this is here, read this.And remember: Start reading Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg for next week. Read the introduction and chapter 1 for next Monday. A Message to Garcia I remember the first time I read this. A friend of mine in my old law firm insisted that everybody in the firm read it. The lawyers bought copies for every | Read More »

    Thoughts on “A Message to Garcia”

    As I read this essay, I noted when the author wrote: “And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift, are the things that put pure Socialism so far into the future.”  The author appears to be complaining that human laziness and slovenliness isn’t what makes socialism such a threat in our | Read More »

    Book Notes: Message to Garcia

    Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard is not really a book. It is an article from the “Philistine” magazine of March 1899 that became immensely popular and was reprinted as a pamphlet in Russian, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese, perhaps more. It is freely available on the Internet. Briefly, it is about two things: Excellence; One person can change the world. There | Read More »

    “Whom Shall I Send”

    Wow! This is not a simple essay to write about.  It is so deep.  One of the shortest “books” I have ever read, yet it yields more wisdom than a book of a 1000 pages.  I will focus on just a few concepts that made an impact on me. “The world has gone a slumming.” This statement occurs near the end of the essay. It | Read More »

    A Message to Garcia – RS Book Notes assignment #1

    Elbert Hubbard’s short book, A Message to Garcia, written over a century ago, was a very quick and easy read. More than anything else it is a treatise about the different types of workers there are in society, and the spirit of dedication a worker should bring to his job, whatever that job might be. The first few sentences of the book’s Apologia section, titled | Read More »

    first post (re: Book Notes)

    Interested in the newly mentioned “RedState Book Notes,” I’ve visited my RedState account for the first time in years. This will probably be where I upload my posts re: that project. Next step for me will be getting and reading a copy of A Message to Garcia, our first Book Notes reading assignment.

    RedState Book Notes: A Group Project

    Aaron Gardner, a while back, emailed me to suggest RedState start some serious discussion on conservative ideas and thoughts. Being just a diarist and me being busy, I had the convenience of ignoring him.Now that he is a front pager and has access to my super secret email address, I can’t ignore him anymore and decided I’d be pre-emptive. In all seriousness, I have been | Read More »


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