Creators vs Consumers

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 7 2012 @ 3:00pm

Scott Adams wants to replace distinctions of poor vs rich with "sorting the world into people who create more wealth than they consume and people who consume more than they create":

If you're a fat cat wealthy person who stopped producing anything of value long ago, how would you feel to be in the category of "Net Consumer of Wealth"? I think it would cause you to start investing your idle cash in something that would improve your social standing and make you a creator of wealth. To make things easier, let's assume we label as a wealth creator anyone who invests in a start-up, even if the start-up does not succeed.

What I'm suggesting might seem like a subtle or even trivial shift in how we look at the world. But that sort of shift can be huge in terms of how it changes behavior.