The loss of ambition in modern society: my Nobel Prize speech
I’d like to thank the Nobel Committee for this award, and the cash, and also Harvard, for hiring me to teach one class a week for $10000000000 a year for the next five years.
I make no apologies for my work in the fields of economics, sociology, psychology, and political theory, even though that work has forced phalanxes of moronic academics into early retirement.
When immigrants poured into America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they were yearning for freedom from oppression, yes. But they weren’t focused on the freedom to vote for Teddy Roosevelt or some other Presidential candidate.
These immigrants wanted the freedom to succeed. ECONOMICALLY.
In other words, THEY WANTED WHAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE.
With that insight, I shoved a mountain range of analytic bullshit to one side.