Breaking the stranglehold that wealthy families have on financial success in America.

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

If you really want America to be a meritocracy where anyone with talent, intelligence and a strong work ethic (not just people whose families have enough money to get them a college degree) has the opportunity to financially succeed and talentless, stupid and lazy people are on their own, here’s one way to get closer to that goal.

Identify Qualifying Areas Of Study

Create a list of occupations that pay good wages and which need additional workers such as mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, computer scientists, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, carpenters, commercial…


In America, access to personal start-up costs is almost entirely dependent on the wealth of the family you happened to be born into

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

Who’s Going To Fund The Start-Up Cost?

If you’re a programmer and you’ve got an idea for a new app, the start-up cost to develop the app and bring it to market might be as little as half a million dollars. If you’re an entrepreneur and you want to manufacture automobiles, the start-up cost might be ten billion dollars.

The more complicated the activity, the higher the start-up cost and the smaller the number of people who have access to that amount of capital.

If you’re not someone like Bill Gates…


The fact that an institution makes mistakes doesn’t mean that it should be abolished. The world is analog & nothing is perfect

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

People who are incapable of evaluating a risk and comparing that risk to the potential reward make really, really bad decisions. The adjective best describing those people is: “Stupid.”

Consider the people who refuse to travel by plane because they’re afraid that the plane will crash.

Most statistics about the risk of flying versus the risk of driving are expressed in terms of fatalities per mile traveled. …


Liberal and conservative dogmatism is toxic to the most successful strategy for running a country — pragmatism

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

Fundamental Liberal & Conservative Principles

The fundamental moral philosophy espoused by conservatives is “Look Out For Number One.”

The fundamental moral philosophy espoused by liberals is “We Need To Help Others.”

Why Liberal & Conservative Principles Are Toxic To Effective Government

A government limited by the dogmatic commandments of either political religion is doomed to fail for the fundamental reasons that

  • (1) political religions are based on personal moral principles designed to guide the conduct of individual human beings and those dogmatic rules are incompatible with and inapplicable to rules needed…


Racism is a scam to let losers think that without any actual talent they’re automatically better than somebody else

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[NOTE: This is a heavily revised version of a column I originally published on August 18, 2017]

By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

Real Success Is Based On Talent, Not Cosmetics

When Tiger Woods blew up the world of golf, he didn’t go around saying, “I did it because I’m black” because his talent was real, not cosmetic.

When Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook he didn’t say “I was successful because I’m Jewish” because he knew that his religion had nothing to do with his talent or his success.

What Real Success Have The Racists Earned?

If you…


A manager is bad if he/she fails to discipline or fire employees who do a poor job.

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By David Grace (www.DavidGraceAuthor.com)

Companies spend large amounts of time and money in the hiring process, but they rarely get a perfect employee. And, even if they do, there is no guarantee that their new employee is going to stay perfect.

That’s were managers come in.

A Good Manager Understands That He/She Is Not His Subordinates’ Friend

Some managers think they are, or should be, their employees’ friend. Those managers are wrong.

Because managers have to

  • Order their subordinates to perform tasks they may not want to do
  • Correct their subordinates errors
  • Discipline their subordinates for mistakes or poor behavior

Marches can’t fix our broken system. We need a new mechanism to take back our government.

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

Pain is a signal that something is wrong with your body.

Stupid people mask the pain.

Smart people remove the cause of the pain.

Social Unrest Is A Societal Pain Signal

Constant, repeated riots, violence, civil unrest, demonstrations, massive poverty, pervasive disease, drug addiction, etc. are societal pain signals. They’re telling us that something is fundamentally wrong with the way our country is being operated.

Dumb people try to mask the societal pain by deploying troops, riot squads, curfews, roundups, arrests, etc. …


As soon as some man is willing to marry her, the woman is supposed to mark herself as that man’s property by taking his name

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

Men’s Historical Domination Of Women

Yes, this “give up your name when I marry you” rule is one of the lesser demeaning cultural traditions that men have imposed on women, but that doesn’t make it a good idea.

A Little Male/Female History

The Dowry

For most of history, and still in some cultures, the woman’s family had to pay the man to take her off their hands, that is, the woman’s family had to pay the man’s family a “dowry” in order for him to agree to marry her.

And if she turned out not…


For some, the more they have, the more they are likely to want

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

Greed Takes Many Forms

Overeating

A while ago I was having a medical problem and I took a look at my life style. I realized that my discomfort was caused by greed.

Greed is pursuing more of something than you need, more than you can use, more of something that, once you get it, will not improve your life in any meaningful way, and that might even make your life worse.

Greed is wanting more simply for the sake of having more.

In my case, instead of eating two slices of pizza, which were all…


The value of capitalism lies in motivating people to produce high-quality, low-priced products. Without that, it’s worthless

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By David Grace (Amazon PageDavid Grace Website)

The Difference Between WHAT People Get & WHY They Get It

People who buy lottery tickets think that the purpose of operating a lottery is to give people an opportunity to get rich.

They are wrong.

The purpose of operating a lottery is NOT to actually give lottery players a chance to get rich. It is to make the lottery operator rich.

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Conservatives think that the purpose of having a capitalist economy is give everyone the opportunity to make huge amounts of money.

They are wrong.

The…

DavidGrace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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