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  • There will always be opportunity for extraordinarily talented. It is opportunity for the common man and woman that is the problem. Not the opportunity to get ahead (ow I hate that phrase!) but the opportunity to lead a reasonably good life doing work suited to ones talents: with decent schools, safe neighborhoods, and leisure for family and friends and a hobby or two. Is that asking too much.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Mead:

    “This is one vision of what opportunity will look like in the future: a savvy entrepreneur recognizes what viewers or consumers want and what companies want, and sees how to connect the two. Value-added intermediation. We’re going to see lots more of this in the future.”

    And pretty soon, really in a blink of an eye, we will have a new major industry employing dozens and dozens people.
    All by itself it will bring unemployment down by 0.0000001%.

    Two or three million of such new industries and the USA is all set, no more unemployment.
    And flying pigs will darken the bright skies.

  • J

    How people does Mr. Shimpi employ? I would assume that his operation is probably a one man shop. If we all open up such businesses, how will consumers ever sort through all the noise? There is only so much need for review sites before the market is saturated.

    This doesn’t seem to be the foundation of a new mass employment system, and with a population of 300 some million (granted not all in the labor force) there is quite a bit of mass that needs to be employed.

  • Jim.

    It used to be true to the point of cliche’ that Americans all had an idea or two that they believed would make them rich. It used to be a matter of pride for everyone.

    At least, until the media mocked it so savagely (see shows like The Honeymooners, and The Simpsons today) that if Americans dream like that anymore, many of them are ashamed to bring it up in conversation, much less work to make it reality.

    The sort of optimism that drives people to try to build up something for themselves, and if it doesn’t work to shrug it off and try something else, is Missing In Action in this recession. It’s all Keynsianism and government bailouts. It’s lotus-eating.

    The resilience of the American economy depends on the resilience of individual American economic actors. That has to come from inside, guys, not from some bailout or program.

    You’re dumping all over the Professor’s efforts to reinvigorate that part of America’s psyche, when you should be trying just as hard as he is to build what he’s trying to build. Shame on you.

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