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Mark P Xu Neyer
1/ When power is a spectator sport, most people never bother to learn the complicated rules. Why should they? They don't expect to play.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
Replying to @APXHard
2/ In "The Radicalism of the American Revolution" Richard Hofstadter argued that a culture of mass entrepreneurship underlied the rebellion.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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3/ All these people running their own small businesses - blacksmiths, printing shops, shipyards - a culture incompatible with monarchy.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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4/ Whereas today damn near everyone grows up under the expectation that you get a job at a company. It's "what you do."
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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5/ Being a non-manager employee, you aren't in a position of power at all. You have no idea how these games are played or why.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
Replying to @APXHard
6/ You might view companies as "money trees that just produce money", or expect a guaranteed benefit pension w/out seeing the costs
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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7/ I think the era of mass employment is incompatible w/ democracy. You need power to be distributed for democracy to work.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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8/ As an employee, your role is basically to about one problem, and all you have to do is make your boss happy. This is unrealistic.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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9/ Adam smith's spirit is alive and well on the streets of china - lots of people running small businesses there.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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10/ The same is true of the many solo contractors doing various kinds of construction work in CA (and elsewhere i presume)
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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11/ In short, a nation of shopkeepers and small business owners is totally compatible with democracy. A nation of employees? Don't think so.
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
Replying to @vgr
12/ Ideas like 'earning the promotion', the 'best man gets the job', etc - is nonsense. Lots has been written around this by et al
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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13/ When most people have no idea what it's like to run a business, we get a massive empathy gap that goes two ways
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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14/ People who are running businesses are in _such a different mindset_ than 9-5 employees it's hard to understand the struggle
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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15/ i've watched this happen myself in my entrepreneurial pursuits; felt my mindset change as the spectre of success approached and receded
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
Replying to @vgr
16/ i'm a w2 employee now but the way i view the world as permanently and totally changed from the way i viewed it before these pursuits
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
Replying to @vgr
17/ this isn't an argument that entrepreneurs are more morally deserving or better than employees, not at all
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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18/ i think children have less responsibility and less freedom than adults, but i don't think this makes children _worse_ or less valuable
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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19/ running a business is more responsibility, more stress, but also more power and much more rewarding than being an employee
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Mark P Xu Neyer Jul 14
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20/ it's very much like the difference between childhood and adulthood. Those who never make it need, deserve help. I'm >>ok with that
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