14 de noviembre de 2011

Sobre los valores y la riqueza

Tyler Cowen, profesor de George Mason University, en su columna en el New York Times (publicada el 12 de noviembre) retoma algunas de las banderas o temas que ha puesto sobre la mesa el movimiento Occupy Wall Street y reflexiona sobre las distintas maneras de generar riqueza.

En su artículo, comienza señalando cual es su visión sobre la generación de riqueza y el papel que juegan los emprendedores.

The United States has always had a culture with a high regard for those able to rise from poverty to riches. It has had a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit and has attracted ambitious immigrants, many of whom were drawn here by the possibility of acquiring wealth.

... In short, the traditional, pro-wealth cultural vision has a great appeal for me. But I must admit that it is showing some wear and tear, which may partly be why the criticisms made by the demonstrators at Zuccotti Park have so much resonance.


Más adelante, menciona los problemas o dudas que tiene sobre su posición.

The first problem is that higher status for the wealthy can easily lead to crony capitalism...

The second problem is that many conservatives have become so attached to their cultural vision that they have ceded sound, technocratic reasoning to the left and center...

The third problem is that the pro-wealth cultural vision may be overly optimistic about human willingness to embrace the idea of responsibility...


Aquí su editorial.

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