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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

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Mark Steyn might be on to something

I read this article by Mark Steyn, and I found it interesting, but the last paragraph really struck me.
The Democrats keep talking to people as if they're like John Edwards's 40-year mill-workers, but that's not what work is any more, and a 23-year-old hairdresser can know enough about starting and running a business to be unimpressed at a few footling tax credits dangled in front of her by a 60-year-old lifelong "public servant" lucky enough to be living a grand old life thanks to his billionaire wife's first husband.
I hadn't really thought about this before, but maybe the internet is changing things even more than I thought. That 23-year-old hairdresser might just be doing her taxes with Quicken and learning how to run her business online.

The internet has encouraged people to go in to business for themselves because they saw the entry costs were low enough for them to be successful. An entire industry, called blogging, has sprung up to augment (and perhaps replace) the old media. Open source software has revolutionized the software industry. Maybe the revolution is deeper and broader than I thought. Perhaps for the first time in history, "workers" can separate their location from their source of income, freeing them to do what they love without having to move to a place that makes it possible (New York for finances, for example.)

Who knew?