This week on Utah NOW - Patrick Byrne is with us. He's still taking heat for comments he made in the debate over school vouchers. He was the principle financial backer for the effort to pass the referendum.
But that's only one of the causes he's willing to fight for. Call him a visionary or a provocateur - either way - he's determined to have his say.
Patrick: I would like you to comment on how Internet bashers hurt companies, i.e. morale, false information, scaring people into selling, but also, how shareholders, discouraged by the drop in the price, can also climb on the bandwagon, and cause even more damaged.
Posted by Lenofus Hardsox, Friday December 28th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm
Tonight's program was a nice exposé of fellow Cambridge alum Patrick Byrne, who, like any independent thinker, will always be the recipient of the backlash from the establishment or the compliant masses. Mr. Byrne at least has the courage to express personal outrage against torporific inertia; I just wish we had at least one congressman or senator, state or federal, who was willing to sacrifice his or her political career by stating what needs to be said, warts and all. Utah suffers from tired blood; it's sad to think the relatively benign Patrick Byrne is considered such a drastic medical procedure.
Posted by Jeffrey Gold , Friday December 28th, 2007 @ 9:20 pm
It is a pleasure to witness the energies of an individual who is willing to buck the system to change the status quo of political gamesmanship.
From School Vouchers to Wall Street fraud, acceptance of inefficiencies and fraud have become accepted practices by those we vote into office to change. The people need to be protected from the conflicts of interest that create complacency. Patrick Byrne has willingly put his reputation, his money, and his life in the firing line of those who no longer want to think outside the box but instead want to follow the decisions made by the money makers. Byrne may be wealthy personally but unlike the wealthy of Utah or America, he speaks for the average and below average whereby most speak for their class and use their finances to buy what is best for that class citizen.
I for one am proud to know Dr. Byrne.
Posted by David Patch , Monday December 31st, 2007 @ 11:11 am
Patrick is a great guy. He is my mentor and guru. I love watching and listening to him. He always stands up for the little guy and is not afraid to take on the big boys. He is a true genius and has no ego problems.
I too love to help artisans in developing countries and raise their standards. These artisans have so much to offer the world. My goal is similar to Patrick's. I too want to die on a remote mountain in the Himalayas, when all this comes to an end. I want my family to throw the biggest party of their life, when I leave.
Long live Patrick.
Posted by Frank Dsouza, Wednesday January 2nd, 2008 @ 10:03 am
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