The way I see it, if you were born into one of the Socialist Soviet Republics in 1960, you had five basic options:
1. Be a member of the proletariat, work in the Soviet machine, take what the social controllers give you.
2. Join the Party, become a social controller yourself.
3. Try to fight/overthrow the Party. You'd probably lose and get executed.
4. Mildly subvert the Party - be a black marketer or capitalist. I met a woman in Los Angeles whose family black marketed goods from West Germany into Poland, amazing woman and amazing family. Apparently they'd take defective West German products like women's pantyhose with runs in them and sell them to little kiosks for money... they were one of the wealthier families in Poland.
5. Try to escape to Britain, America, Australia, or anywhere else more free.
I think I'd try to escape. What would you do?
Yeah, sure ;)
Just that I'm telling story of my father here. Kind of a man, but too weak nevertheless. As soon as border restrictions were weakened in 1988 he went on to East Germany to work on grapewine farm (that was already after other attempts) & from the money earned bought several trash cars and then sold that in Poland. But this wasn't sustainable. Then the system fell off, but he already knew he has nothing much to do aboard, became enterpreneur in Poland. By the time of my teens he was burned out. Family haunted him as a duty, however he had numerous friends, so went on to spend his time with them. You know, not with me. That's something to think about planning family. Will you not flee to the 41st country in 15 years.
Let's posit the problem more specifically. You're born in 1960 in rular wasteland area, your parents are unschooled and it was a major stretch get out to the city, get half-decent education, and youre exhausted by day-to-day living. You have no extraordinary skill and are not independently wealthy and don't have one-upmanship chutzpah. Escape however was your dream all along, first to the city, then aboard. But you barely managed in the city. You studied hard to become valuable aboard, but you just don't cut it. You are ordinary.
Most escapees were either expedited at great expense by their families, were independently welathy, or were extraordinarily gifted.
I came across your site a few days ago after a friend posted a link to your "What Skills Do You Need to be an Entrepreneur? Only Two" article. While I've read many different blogging sites about similar topics, there was something about your writing that has compelled me to stay on your site and read through dozens of your articles. In fact, of all the sites/blogs I have read, you are the first I have attempted to contact. You seem like a really interesting guy, and you have certainly inspired me.
Anyways, I read in one of your works that you aren't much a fan of small talk (nor am I), so I'll cut straight to my questions:
What are you thoughts on Ayn Rand? Have you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead? The reason I ask is because a lot of your writing seems to reflect some of the core points of her philosophy, at least on an individual perspective (as portrayed in The Fountainhead). I'm not sure how you feel about her philosophy for a society as a whole, as in Atlas Shrugged.
If you've never read her before, here is a good excerpt of her thoughts on money (to get an idea of what her books are like):http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/economics/money/1826-francisco-s-money-speech.html
Genre: science fiction
My name is Shaun McDaniels. I used to be a proud lieutenant in the US military, back when we had one. Now I am just one more prisoner in a concentration camp looking into the night, waiting for my last sunrise.
I am about to be executed for my participation in the greatest social crime ever committed in the US. Greater than slavery, greater than the mostly accidental genocide of the Native Americans, an atrocity perpetrated with malice and considerable forethought.
Sitting in my cell for the past year, I might even consider the entire event to have been psychologically created with this as the end result. As a prisoner I have a lot of time on my hands, conspiracy theories abound.