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Articles for December 2006

Things can get better (and you can do it on the cheap)

Instead of saving pennies by shaving routine expenditure and delaying payments to suppliers, why not resolve to do things better - not just a bit better, but orders of magnitude better so much better, in fact, that they become cheaper?
Galileo's life shows there's always room for doubt

BY A STREET, this column's business text of the year is Bertolt Brecht's Life of Galileo.
How Michelin put the bounce back into its rubber farms

SUSTAINABILITY, like social responsibility, is a much-abused term, often more about public relations than substance. But Michelin's Brazilian Ouro Verde ('green gold') project shows that that doesn't have to be the case.
Friedman's unethical rot made wrongs into a right

SUMMING UP his own achievement, Milton Friedman, the celebrated Chicago economist who died last month, wrote: 'Judged by practice, we have been, despite some successes, mostly on the losing side. Judged by ideas, we have been on the winning side.'