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"Starving the Monkeys" Table of Contents
Chapter 1, Enthusiasm to Attack
The narrator introduces himself, and gives a bit of his background concerning his childhood influences, his Naval Academy experiences and his Marine Corps history.
Chapter 2, Who Should Read This Book
The narrator defines who should read the book, and more importantly, who should not read this book in order to maintain his own sanity. The narrator then continues with a description of his early business experiences, and finishes with an epiphany, and its effects on his bottom line.
Chapter 3, Fundamental Concepts
All readers are given a list of background information that is essential to understanding the rest of the book. Classical economics is discussed, as is genetic and evolutionary theory. The narrator illustrates key ways in which Ayn Rand was overly optimistic in her understanding of collectivists in "Atlas Shrugged".
Chapter 4, Caveman Capitalism™
Capitalism and free trade are presented in a simple tribal context.
Chapter 5, Prancing Rabbits
The tribal free trade context is compared to typical leftist communal utopian foolishness.
Chapter 6, The Font of Value
The narrator explores the resources available to everyone, and shows how central management or allocation of these can only lead to reduced quality of life. The true value of work is considered with respect to the availablity of energy, and the effect of work in increasing quality of life under both free trade and redistributive policies.
Chapter 7, The Shamans
The narrator introduces the rise of cults in the tribal context and how collectives create and manipulate these systems to separate men from true faith in God.
Chapter 8, From Force or Fraud
The tribal capitalists try to protect themselves from petty theft and invasion, but are thwarted by collectivists who seize power.
Chapter 9, A Tribe Consumed
The destruction of free trade accelerates within the tribe, and quality of life plummets. In frustration, one elderly tribesman laments his mistake as a young man.
Chapter 10, Employment Trends
The history of regulation and division of labor is seen to benefit collectivism over individual liberty. The narrator discusses the only options left to entrepreneurs today given historical trends.
Chapter 11, Math and Science
The reader is encouraged to improve himself by learning material to protect him from simple lies that affect his ability to operate his business to his benefit.
Chapter 12, Scholarship and Sadi Carnot
A history of formal education and innovation is presented to prepare the entrepreneur to avoid common pitfalls.
Chapter 13, The Idea Factory
The narrator presents one way in which to enhance the quality of innovation and how the entrepreneur can learn to think more clearly despite collectivist noise.
Chapter 14, Organizational Value
Employment in several industries is examined to determine the roles that various persons play in the success or failure of the enterprise. Common "no-win" scenarios are presented. These lessons are then translated into the entrepreneurial context.
Chapter 15, Entrepreneurial Success
The narrow paths left to entrepreneurs are explored, along with ways of coping with rising tides of economic crises.
Chapter 16, On International Relations
Domestic issues are compared to historical international relations to examine the larger trends that surround the individual.
Chapter 17, Waco and Other Texas Wackos
The narrator presents several domestic crises to illustrate how, in the extreme, the collective rises to stamp out individual defiance.
Chapter 18, The Drug War
The narrator presents his unique and controversial perspective on the drug war, and describes how to win it.
Chapter 19, Gun Control
The narrator debunks common lore surrounding gun control, and details how and why gun control advocates will eventually succeed. He gives a brief history of how his entire Marine Corps unit in Desert Storm was disarmed by the bureaucracy. He presents alternate schools of thought, and explains why emerging states' rights advocates are doomed to fail.
Chapter 20, Smoke Filled Rooms
The narrator debunks conspiracy-based rhetoric, and reveals the true source of crisis as a fatal flaw in the Constitution.
Chapter 21, Cho
The author relates his own experiences at Virginia Tech years before the tragic shooting, and suggests a way in which future such incidents might be peacefully averted by solving the underlying root causes. Warning: Not for the faint-hearted.
Epilogues I and II
The narrator summarizes the lessons learned.
New Epilogue III
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