The irony is this is about 10 20 years old . . .


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19 Responses to “Calvin & Hobbes Explains Corporate America To You . . .”

  1. The Window Washer says:

    How did this little treasure not get dug out until now?
    Thanks Barry,

  2. MorticiaA says:


  3. bm says:

    Too Funny.

  4. socaljoe says:

    Hilarious… however, metaphorically speaking, this would only reflect reality if selling lemonade were a monopoly. Why wouldn’t the street be lined with entrepreneurs selling lemonade at $14… $13… $12… until a the price reached a level at which no more competition would enter the market?

  5. vader says:

    You then go to the government and get regulations that are grandfathered you so you are not subject to it, but any new entrants are. This results in unlicensed vendors being imprisoned.

    The best example is copyright law, but no reason that lemonade would not be included so that research in to new lemonade would be assured.

  6. rip says:

    Too close to the truth.


  7. jack says:

    saw this one about a year ago. my son is a calvin and hobbes freak, and embodies calvin’s view of life in many ways. we have all the books. one of the great comic strips of all time. last time i heard, bill watterson is living here locally in ohio and living a quiet retirement.

  8. spiderjhn says:

    Like jack I have two grown sons that have all the C&H books. I recall listening to them laugh outloud at bedtime when they would dig them out and read. One now works for a prime broker and the other deals with the D of D. I will have to send them the link and look forward to their feedback.
    Thanks for post and smile Barry.

  9. tagyoureit says:

    Calvin should have revisted his lemonade enterprise after he invented the duplicator. BOINK!

  10. Woof says:

    Dovetails pretty well with Andrew Ross Sorkin’s focus on the most troubling aspect of the Sokol affair: he put his own interests above those of the company and investors that put him in his position. Specifically, if he could do it all over again, he would’ve rather made the personal investment in Lubrizol and denied Berkshire and its shareholders what they ultimately judged to be an attractive investment opportunity.

    I’m no fan of Cramer, but one thing he wrote long ago has stuck with me. He didn’t claim it was original to him.
    It is the difference between short-term greedy (grab whatever you can right now) and long-term greedy (prosper by doing the right things to build stable valuable businesses).

    Lot of short-term greedy out there. Even guys at the near pinnacle of their profession that can deploy $10m over 3 days apparently without breaking a sweat.

  11. northendmatt says:

    Calvin and Hobbes was my favorite comic growing up. I can’t believe it’s almost 20 years old… and not dated in the least. I miss Bill Watterson. He never merchandized his work, and he quit (and stayed retired) at the top of his game. Not a lot of that going around these days…

  12. RW says:

    Jamie Dimon probably picked up his banking chops from Calvin; e.g.,

    “If you want to set [capital requirements] so high that no big bank ever goes bankrupt …I think that would greatly diminish growth,” [Dimon] told a US Chamber of Commerce conference. Too large a disparity in capital requirements between Europe and the US would mean, ‘you’re pretty much putting the nail in our coffin for big American banks …”

  13. Jack says:

    Deja vu all over again.

  14. Sechel says:


  15. jeff in indy says:

    his scowl in the third from the last frame is a classic.

  16. jimc1004 says:

    I love C + H!

    But this story is much older than just the past 20 years.

    Go back to the 19th century and the building of the Railroads.
    Or the building of canals and toll roads earlier.

    Or to the South Sea Bubble in 1720.

    Anyone who hasn’t already read [or recently re-read] Edward Chancellor’s excellent “Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation” should do so.

    Warning! You may feel much more conservative as an investor after reading this book.

  17. Lugnut says:

    Bill Waterson. Best comic author ever. Wish he’d pick up a pen again.