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I have often wondered how the number of independent or autonomous economic actors in an economy could be defined and categorized as I have suspected that their relative number says something significant about a society. Economic autonomy, tentatively defined as having a broad enough customer base that the loss of any one or two customers would not put you out of business, inherently has political dimensions.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 24th, 2011 at 12:03:06 AM EST
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We're on the same page.  I am of the unswerving opinion that you have the rights you can defend, and unless there is systemic collapse, that defense is fundamentally economic.  Without economic autonomy, your rights are reduced to those given by noblesse oblige.
by rifek on Thu Feb 24th, 2011 at 12:21:52 AM EST
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