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Self Sufficiency

A number of years ago, I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He’d reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest. But he’d always been a strong man, a natural leader, a man who took charge […] Read More

No cultural myth needs to be demythologized – exposed as fraudulent – more than the “myth of the bootstrap.” The myth appears in the claim, “I pulled myself up by my bootstraps.” It is the myth of the self-made man, the one who lifts himself out of poverty to conspicuous wealth through nothing more than […] Read More