But If You Want To Discuss Human Action, You’ll Need To Go to the Champagne Room

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

From a Denver Post interview with Debbie Matthews, owner of a strip club called Shotgun Willie’s:

Matthews: I love to read. I have a Kindle, and I love it. We have a book club for the staff called Strip It Down. We meet once a week. It’s a conservative reading group.

BH: Well. What do you read?

Matthews: Friedrich Hayek’s “The Fatal Conceit,” “Super Freakonomics,” the Federalist Papers. We talk about the prisoner’s dilemma (a philosophical question about human behavior).

Hat tip: Mark Hemingway.

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11 Responses to “But If You Want To Discuss Human Action, You’ll Need To Go to the Champagne Room”

  1. #1 |  Felix Holt | 

    I’d love to hear Matthews’ and her group’s thoughts on game theory, yeah, sounds great.

  2. #2 |  ClubMedSux | 

    That’s too funny… When I was in grad school up in Fort Collins my wife (then girlfriend) briefly lived down in Denver. I would drive past Shotgun Willie’s every weekend when I drove down to visit her. Had she known that the owner read Hayek, the Federalist Papers, etc., she might have let me stop in every once in a while. ;-)

  3. #3 |  Sean L. | 

    Now those are what I call bookends!

  4. #4 |  Cyto | 

    Wait….. are you trying to tell me they actually are trying to work their way through college??

  5. #5 |  Cyto | 

    She also has an excellent motto:

    “Love many, trust few, paddle your own canoe.”

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    as a stereotypically middle class white guy, I’m fascinated by anyone breaking stereotypes down. Next time I’m in Denver, I’ll stop in for a beer!

  7. #7 |  jefferson101 | 

    Any form of gambling is basically a tax on the stupid. The House always wins, and that’s true regardless of whether the “House” is a corporation, a bookie, or The State.

    If you know that fact, and still choose to play, who am I to say you can’t?

    “It’s the only game in town.”

    I blew $10 Canadian ($7 USD) on slot machines in Winsdor in 2002, and still haven’t gotten over wasting that much money. I’ll be ready to go gambling again in about another five years.

    If you can stand to waste your money, I can’t see any reason that the .Gov should stop you, though.

  8. #8 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    …paddle your own canoe.

    I’m real sure this is about masturbation.

  9. #9 |  Sky | 

    Seriously, what can any “sane” person add to this? :) Answer,…Nada.

  10. #10 |  AJ Nock | 

    Strip clubs seem like a place men spend money for the fantasy of it being easy to have the affection of an attractive girl without having to put forth a lot of effort. It’s similar to casinos providing the fantasy of being able to become rich without having to provide value to consumers. They are both fine as long as a consumer recognizes them as expensive and temporary diversions.

  11. #11 |  Mario | 

    For me, this was the best part of the interview with the strip club owner:

    We send our managers to the Disney Institute for customer service. Think about it: They’ve been trained by Mickey Mouse.

    By the way, I think the book is out of print, but if you want to read a fascinating account of small business entrepreneurship, again of a woman in a notoriously man’s industry, read The Mayflower Madam. It’s the story of Sidney Biddle Barrows, the woman who ran a high-end call girl operation back in the early 80′s (I believe) in NYC.

    It seems like a no-brainer — take the skeeziness out of these kinds of businesses, and you’ll do very well. Of course, most of the men who get involved get involved precisely because of the skeeziness.

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