O&M Five-Year Anniversary

25 April 2011 at 12:04 am 10 comments

| Peter Klein |

O&M went live exactly five years ago, 25 April 2006. Since then we’ve run 2,549 posts and hosted 7,375 comments, most of them insightful and informative. How to celebrate? We are not as self-aggrandizing as some, so here’s a low-key approach. First, the all-time most popular posts, in descending order:

Second, a purely subjective list of some of our favorite comments:

“I am sorry I am boring. I find that the kind of off-hand nastiness in your comment illustrates why, on the whole, too many academics have the reputation as being nasty, arrogant, and put down artists. I guess you are just following occupational norms, but I wonder the value.” — Bob Sutton

“[Y]ou clowns sound like you still believe the nonsense of all those arrogant Harvard MBAs .. your own beloved [sic] GW Bush is one of them.” — David Arthur

“Nicolai, baby, . . . while it might be logically true that you didn’t claim any of the things I suggested, you actually ‘claimed’ very little. You linked to a book none of us seem to have read, slapped on a headline you regularly use to condemn stuff (sometimes quite rightly), and proclaimed you were ‘speechless’.” — Alf Rehn

“Regarding the comment of having outgrown Objectivism, first of all this is no argument — some people become more stupid as they grow older.” — Tibor Machan

“On my honor, I promise to strip assets, gut human capital, and hollow out long-term productive capabilities in order to massage the quarterly numbers and game my bonus! So help me, Al Dunlap.” — Kevin Carson

And my personal favorite:

“What is apparent is that you focus your ‘quasi-academic’ mind… or what little you have of it… on other people’s opinions. Most call that HATING. Your opinions, snobbty white guy, are just as inane and stupid. After reading some of your blogs, might I suggest some add’l schooling? You really think that you can sit around and act like the ultimate thinker with every answer to any problem that has ever existed. In reality, you are a mumbnut. You WISH you could graduate from MIT (my alma mater). A brain like yours will one day depend on a brain like mine to get you by as a Senior Citizen. So, be nice. There will come a day when your OLD ASS will be needing someone to push the wheelchair. Hopefully, for you, I won’t be anywhere near a cliff.” — “Marcia”

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. William Sjostrom  |  25 April 2011 at 3:39 am

    Congratulations, and I have greatly enjoyed the many posts. But to grumble, an anniversary is by definition an annual event. So a fifth anniversary is five years. “Five year anniversary” is redundant.

  • 2. Peter Klein  |  25 April 2011 at 7:31 am

    That’s exactly the kind of pedantry that makes this a great site!

  • 3. David Hoopes  |  25 April 2011 at 11:56 am

    Self-aggrandizing? Laughs.

    Congratulations. You have done a wonderful job.

  • 4. Lasse  |  25 April 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Happy…eh…annual…anniversary…I mean fifth annual, I mean …..oh shit: Happy O&M birthday!

  • 5. brayden king  |  25 April 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Nicely done Peter et al.

  • 6. teppo  |  25 April 2011 at 3:33 pm


    I had lunch with a graduate student last week here in Finland — the topic of blogs came up and O&M was his very clear choice, he did not mention orgtheory;). Nice work.

  • 7. srp  |  25 April 2011 at 8:42 pm

    The success of our Five-Year plan is due to the hard work and sacrifices of our revolutionary comrades!

  • 8. David Hoopes  |  26 April 2011 at 12:28 am

    Capitalist bastards! (anyone read Eugene O’Neill?)

  • 9. Rafe’s Roundup April 27 at Catallaxy Files  |  27 April 2011 at 8:36 am

    […] fifth birthday for Organizations and Markets. Congratulations to Peter Klein and his merry […]

  • 10. fabiorojas  |  28 April 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Happy birthday, evil twin!

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