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The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
Taylor Pearson


You were raised in Mediocristan. You live in Extremistan.

Many people think free work or unpaid internships are exploitative, but find the idea of someone taking out a quarter million in debt to get a college degree and an MBA a smart investment.

Un libro interessante, specie per chi ha un lavoro da dipendente ed è giovane.  Un po’ ridondante.

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand


“Don’t you ever think of anything byt D’Anconia Copper?” Jim asked him once.
“It seems to me that there are other things in the world.”
“Let others think about them.”
“Dagny, there’s nothing of any importance in life — except how well do you work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It’s the only measure of human value.”
“No. I don’t like people who speak or think in terms of gaining anybody’s confidence. If one’s acction are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perception. The person who craves a moral blank check of that kind, has dishonest intentions, whether he admits it to himself or not.”
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system”
“I mean that there is no way to disarm any man,” said Dr. Ferris, “except through guilt. Through that which he himself has accepted as guilt. If a man has ever stolen a dime, you can impose on him the punishment intended for a bank robber and he will take it”
The woman in Roomette 9, Car No. 12, was a housewife who believed that she had the right to elect politicians, of whom she knew nothing, to control giant industries, of which she had no knowledge.
She glanced at Stockton with curiosity. “Aren’t you training a man who could become your most dangerous competitor?”
“That’s the only sort of men I like to hire. Dagny, have you lived too long among the looters? Have you come to think that one man’s ability is a threat to another?”
 She turned to Galt. “And you?” she asked. “You were first. What made you come to it?”
He chuckled, “My refusal to be born with any original sin.”
“And then you’ll see what motive is the opposite of charity.”
“What?” she whispered.
“We’re giving loans, not alms. We’re supporting ability, not need.”
A morality that dares to tell you to find happiness in the renunciation of your happiness—to value the failure of your values—is an insolent negation of morality. A doctrine that gives you, as an ideal, the role of a sacrificial animal seeking slaughter on the altars of others, is giving you death as your standard.
…the alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind
Discard the protective rags of that vice which you called a virtue: humility—learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness—and when you learn that pride is the sum of all virtues, you will learn to live like a man.

 Se sei arrivato a questo punto dopo mille citazioni, complimenti, questo libro potrebbe fare al caso tuo. Per quanto mi riguarda, è nella top 10 dei miei libri preferiti di sempre. Un mattoncino di 1200 pagine, un romanzo che non avevo mai letto e che è riuscito a chiarirmi un bel po’ di cose che già sapevo ma che non volevo/riuscivo a chiarificarmi. Da leggere e rileggere.

Matteo Pezzi