Science and the Walmart Sisterhood
Reading this made me realize that science is Walmart. Well, not exactly. One could just as easily argue that Science is China or India, but I think I'll stick with Walmart.
Conduct your business in a global market where the number of workers/manufacturers far exceeds the demand. Rely on a market that creates a surplus of skilled laborers who will take what they can get just to have a piece of the pie. Lock in your employees and make them rely on public assistance instead of providing it yourself. Healthcare...what is this healthcare that you speak of? Why pay $10 per DVD player when Korea will sell them at $2?
If you want to compete, you had better stop relying on how good you are at doing A,B, and C because there are a lot of people who can do A,B, and C. And, as your 11th-grade economy teacher pointed out, that makes your value as low as the lowest bidder's. Because the lowest bidder feeds off pipe dreams, pride, and making ends meet, he is willing to undercut the competition--well, at least he's willing to do A,B, and C for chump change.
You can sit around and complain about the system--you can round up the masses and demand change. I'm willing to bet that those tactics will work as well as those being employed to stop outsourcing, offshoring, and free trade agreements.
You can cook or get out of the kitchen. You can stand by a happy face sign and be rolled back, or you can figure out a way to put yourself in a different market...maybe a Target-quality market so that you are no longer one of the A-,B-, or C-ers. It's not about learning the D. The D is a short term fix, a solution with boundaries and limits.
No you have to figure out how to make yourself something totally different than A,B,C, or D. You need to figure out how to become a full WORD.
You must not only think outside the box, you must convince them that what they need is a circle.
I need some sleep.