Are we looking for nice people to run our companies? We're going to be looking pretty hard. I'm not going to go eat at that restaurant or I'm not going to patronize that business because I don't like what they institutionally support—I don't like the chairman of the board, I don't like who created the company, whatever. There's a whole lot of reasons to just make a personal decision and not go eat at a business and give them your money. I come from a restaurant business where you're lucky if the guy working next to you isn't like an armed robber. I support your inalienable right to say really stupid, offensive shit and believe really stupid, offensive shit that I don't agree with. I support that, and I might even eat your chicken sandwich."
I don't drink the best beer in the world on the show. It's a problem that comes up a lot actually. The angriest mail I get is from beer nerds—people who are craft beer enthusiasts and see me drinking a cold, available beer from a mass production and they get really cranky with me, and they assume that I'm plugging it or something. In fact, I just like cold beer, and my standards rise and fall depending on access to cold beer."
» On elevating humanity Early Retirement Extreme: "Work may be thought of as a form of self-expression. For instance, when I worked as a physicist, I considered the programs I wrote to simulate neutron stars and the papers I wrote about my understanding of the results a form of self-expression much in the same way a musician picks up a guitar.
There’s also a lot of work which can not be considered as such. The Ancient Greeks thought that such work was slavery. Their solution was to own slaves. Being more modern and delusionally sophisticated we have financialized slavery and created something called jobs. While people can no longer be owned like slaves, jobs can certainly be bought, sold, and owned. And seeing how most people need jobs, it’s effectively the same thing, plus ca change…"