So much of our recent history (the past 100 years, or even the past 60) clearly shows that when one’s expenses are low and when one receives some kind of stipend that is secure, societies flourish. Most if not all of the musicians from the UK in the 60s and beyond into the 80s (i.e., from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols to the Cure) were living on the dole while creating their unique, world-changing music. This is but one small example out of many, many, many.
The work-hard-so-that-you-have-no-time-for-anything-but-working-hard meme that is so prevelant in American society is a recipe for failure, because it stunts the society’s ability to innovate. Innovation depends on incubation.
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A 2010 study by RAND found a similar effect with Medicare. American men were more likely to start a business just after turning 65 and qualifying for Medicare than just before. Here again, government can make entrepreneurship more appealing by making it less risky. By this logic, Obamacare doubles as entrepreneurship policy by making it easier for individuals to gain health insurance without relying on an employer.