Saturday, November 11, 2006

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap: "When we talk about "unequal distribution of income," we should also ask, where does that income come from? Who made the wealth it represents? Because to the extent that income varies simply according to how much wealth people create, the distribution may be unequal, but it's hardly unjust."

"With the rise of the middle class, wealth stopped being a zero-sum game. Jobs and Wozniak didn't have to make us poor to make themselves rich. Quite the opposite: they created things that made our lives materially richer. They had to, or we wouldn't have paid for them."

"Only a few countries (by no coincidence, the richest ones) have reached this stage. In most, corruption still has the upper hand. In most, the fastest way to get wealth is by stealing it."

"You need rich people in your society not so much because in spending their money they create jobs, but because of what they have to do to get rich. I'm not talking about the trickle-down effect here. I'm not saying that if you let Henry Ford get rich, he'll hire you as a waiter at his next party. I'm saying that he'll make you a tractor to replace your horse"


Nart Bedin Atalay said...

Bill Gates veya Henry Ford'un çalmayı değil de üretmeyi seçmelerinin nedeni nedir? Düşünürsek çalmak kolaydır, üretmek zordur. Kim kısa yoldan zengin olmak istemez.

Belki cevap şu olabilir: Her ikisi de dahi çocuk portresi ciziyor ve uzmanı oldukları işi çocukluklarından itibaren yapmaya başlıyor. Sanki işlerini yapmak onlar için tutku; zenginlik ulvi amaç değil doğal sonuç.

Samil Korkmaz said...

Zenginlik için tek başına akıl ve tutku yeterli değil, marketing becerisi lazım. Buna güzel örnek Tesla ve Edison. Tesla rezillik içinde hayatını tamamlarken Edison şan şöhret sahibi oldu. Bkz. Edison, world's greatest product marketer