“Be happy for your successes but never stop learning. There is always more to know because the world is ever changing, and none of us can know all things. The key to thriving in this life is to be prepared to not only change with it but to get in front of the change and drive it. From where you are now, unemployed with few seeming prospects, your future might look hopeless. This is not true. There are barriers, to be sure, but they are there to be overcome by you and you alone. The world does not work like you were told it works when you were a kid. Deal with it and start engaging the reality around you right now just as it is, using intelligence, cunning, and charm. You are the decision-maker, and whether you succeed or fail ultimately depends on the decisions you make. In many ways, you are a victim of a system that has conspired against you. But you get nowhere by acting like a victim. You don’t need to be a victim. You have free will and the capacity for self-governance; indeed you possess the human right to choose. Today is the day to start exercising it.”—
Jeffrey Tucker, “Advice to Young Unemployed Workers,” The Freeman.
Some of you need to hear that.
“The real theory of trickle down is actually advocated by the interventionists and socialists. They think that if we tax everyone and give money to the government, it will eventually come trickling down to the middle class and the poor. Same with power. If we give more power to the state to regulate and run our lives, this power will trickle down to the rest of us. But if you want to talk of implausible theories, this is surely it. Government’s power and money doesn’t trickle down. It takes money and pours it into ever more bureaucracy and gives it to the elites. Its power grows and grows at the expense of society. This is the experience of the whole of human history.”—Jeffrey Tucker
“But with every great advance in history, there are those that resist it. The government, in this case, is the chief resistance force.”—