The Businessman vs. the Professor: Which Profession is Better to Run a Country?
Fef 2012/04/24 01:33:24
Obviously, we the professions don't represent the real candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Romney, a governor and Olympic-sized organizer has more leadership experience than most businessmen. And, Barack Obama has a lot more experience community organizing than most professors.
These two abilities—making money and displaying intellect—ought to be qualities worthy of universal praise, as ways in which Americans distinguish themselves and show their excellence. Of course, both qualities can be pursued in an unjustifiable way, as in the case of the moneymaker who proceeds dishonestly or by destructive means (although economic advance frequently involves creative destruction), or the thinker who parrots trendy ideas and mocks orthodoxies (although good ideas often challenge traditional beliefs). The regrettable fact today is that neither the intellectual nor the businessman much respects the other, and each seems to prefer discrediting his rival to joining in common recognition of the virtues of both. More important, there are votes to be had today in stirring up animosities. If it comes down to this, we can only hope the American people will have the good sense to be more repelled by the class-warfare rhetoric of the intellectuals than the enviable remuneration of the businessmen.
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