Jeff LaMarche, one of the authors of “Beginning IPhone Development” writes about possible benefits resulting from an economic downturn.
A hundred years ago, only ten percent of people in the United States were employed by someone else. Roughly ninety percent of people owned their own business or were self-employed.
Today, those numbers are pretty much reversed. Over ninety percent of people work for someone else, and most of those people work for corporations.
Society would benefit from more entrepreneurs and less corporate drones. I could write a book on the potential impact of even ten percent of current corporate employees becoming self-employed.
It’s more worrying here. Across the UK, the average number of people who work in the public sector is around 20%. In Northern Ireland it’s 30%. A lot of this is due to siting the call centres for may of the public sector services in the province.
While being stuck in a dead-end job in a $BIG_COMPANY may seem to some to be uninspiring or even dangerous to the health of a society, having thirty percent of your workforce working for the government has got to be worse. For the most part these individuals will be unable to innovate, unable to make a major difference, unable to make change. But you see, the government is a safe job. They’re not going to be enamored of risk, not going to consider going ‘all out’ as a viable path and at the end of it you can retire with a nice pension and spend your autumn years tending a raggedy allotment.
Not for me.
I’ll leave you with this…