I wonder if any of you remember the famous speech from the ’87 classic Wall Street?

Gekko the super slick stockbroker with the $5,000 suits told us:

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed- for lack of a better word- is good.

Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Greed, in all of its forms-greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge- has marked the upward surge of mankind.

And greed-you mark my words-will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

Thank you very much.”

Umair Haque is the founder of a think-tank called Bubblegeneration. They study new media and new ideas.

He recently wrote The Smart Growth Manifesto for The Harvard Business School online newsletter. I think you should read it.

If you will, let me know what you think. Comment right here at The Lively Merchant.

Let’s have this conversation.