Yes companies go public because if it works out they make a boatload more than they did private. But I just loath the idea that wealth should be distributed by what is basically gambling.
Very good advice, though I don't have a problem if you are well off enough to have a small trading account and you want to buy some individual stocks you really like. As long as you don't use margin and keep the account small the worst that can happen is you lose it and learn the lesson the hard way!
Yeah, setting aside a small amount of extra money to play in the stock market can be a fun and harmless, as long as you never gamble what you can't afford to lose
For my retirement account, I do the index card method above.