Government As a Stimulant

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Bill Gates has said that he hopes Barack Obama, as president, will come up with a “stimulus” plan to help the American economy. Perhaps Mr. Gates could inform the incoming president of all the governmentally-directed programs that stimulated the one sector of the economy that is doing quite well: the computer industry and technological invention. The state did create the Internet, but only as an unforeseen consequence of endeavoring to do something else. Perhaps Mr. Gates’ own industry provides the answer as to how to foster creativity and success in the unpredictable world of complexity. In business, as in the raising of children, the best stimulant is this: just stay out of their way!

1:38 pm on December 4, 2008