Note the double question mark. That is because I’m quoting Can we Grow the Economy Any More? I’ll let you go off and read that post now, if you like.
Done so? Good. Now for my ignorant rant:
What strikes me particularly is point 6, or a variant thereof: effectively, that we’re too fat, as a society. We’re so rich that it is barely worth our time picking off the parasites. By parasites I don’t mean the low skilled workers, or even the discontent rioter-types – because broadly speaking, those types stay in the background and are quietly bought off. I mean the H+S zealots, OFSTED (bit of a UK-centric one that, but I’m sure you have your local equivalent), the lawyers, patent trolls, bureaucrats, whatever; I can’t even be bothered to make a list. They are just an accepted part of life; they make things worse but its easier going round them than fixing them, so no-one does. If we were poorer, like the Chinee, we wouldn’t be able to afford all the parasites.