We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The brilliant one-time lawyer and Warren Buffet partner Charlie Munger (I think the cynical - or should I say skeptical - Munger does the deep thinking, and Buffet is the practical guy) loves Robert Cialdini, who writes about influence and persuasion. Here's Cialdini's The Psychology of Persuasion.
So if Munger is a deep-thinking skeptic and Buffet is Mr. Practical, what is the functional difference and division of labor between the two? Does Munger do the research, leaving Buffet to decide when and if to pull the trigger on buys and sells? Does Munger lay out all the options, letting Buffet make the final, crucial choice between the pastrami or the corned beef? I mean, just how does all this shake out, anyway?