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Seth Godin did a two part post regarding realizing the change and the opportunities that are here now. This is essential information for entrepreneurs.

Don’t be fooled by campaigners, corporate advertising or government statements. Use multiple sources to find out the truth.

One method I use is to create a collage of resources. For instance, I will gather several magazines or newspapers and check them against the other to get the fuller story. Each one has a bias and I use this method to discover the bias. Or I will listen to several radio stations while driving to get a fuller picture of the radio bias…which we could call “static,” that which keeps the real story from being heard.

Perhaps one of the most significant telltale signs of bias is to understand whether the source is a controller or an empowerer. My bias is empowerment. I tell you that straight up and you can call me on it if you see (or hear) otherwise.

Keep your eyes and ears open.

According the Freelancer.com, India has the world’s largest percentage of freelancers at 33%. No joke. One third of their one billion, one hundred and fifty million people are freelancers.
The US is second with almost 11%. (From my experience, we have more than that!)
Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines follow with under 10%.

The Inventor of the Web,Tim Berners-Lee, has stated at The International World Wide Web Conference that the web is a powerful tool if used rightly. “It was important to progress towards the idea of the Internet as a neutral media that was not controlled by large corporates or governments.”

The International World Wide Web Conference is talking about the Internet and democracy.

The Top Outsourcing Countries according to Freelancer.com are
US. 40%
Great Britain 10%
India 6%
Canada 5%
Australia 4%

Freelancer.com, the largest marketplace for freelancers worldwide, reports the top outsourcing US cities are:

1.New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Miami
4. Chicago
5. Houston
6. Atlanta
7. San Francisco
8. San Diego
9. Dallas
10 Austin

Freelancer.com announced that over last weekend, they posted their one millionth posting for freelancers.

Freelancer.com has clients in over 240 countries, regions and territories around the world, providing affordable temporary professional assistance in software, writing, data entry and design.

“Through our website, employers can hire freelancers to do work [in] the sciences, sales & marketing and accounting & legal services. The average job is under US$200, making Freelancer.com extremely cost effective for small businesses, which often need a wide variety of jobs to be done, but cannot justify the expense of hiring full time.”

It is hard to calculate exactly, but I think it is fair to say we have lost millions of decent-paying jobs. During the Bush years alone, some 48,000 factories shut down. We went from 19 million manufacturing jobs to 12 million manufacturing jobs. Every day we are seeing those jobs disappear because corporate America would prefer to do business in China or other low-wage countries.

Many of us have been forced into becoming entrepreneurs. We lost our jobs and maybe our homes and haven’t been able to find new employment. So, now we must become self promoting entrepreneurs. And we need to learn from those that have done it. Now is the time for creating community based businesses, learning about niche markets and saving what is left of the economy. Will you join The Entrepreneur That Could?

Below, Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders is talking about who runs this country now. As I quoted Woodrow Wilson in The Entrepreneur That Could, “A great industrial nation is now controlled by a system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and a vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

How did this happen? Through the political process, with money and influence guiding the result.

“What happened last year, as I think most Americans know, is the Supreme Court made a very strange decision. The Supreme Court decided that corporations are people and they have the right of free speech and the right without disclosure–all of this is through the Citizens United Supreme Court decision–to put as much money as they want into campaigns all over the country.

“In this last campaign, that is what we saw: Billionaires, in secret, pouring money into campaigns all over the country. Does that sound like democracy to anybody in America; that we have a handful of billionaires probably dividing up the country?

“The rich get richer, and they don’t sit on this money. What they then do is use it to elect people who support them and to unelect people who oppose their agenda and they use their political power to get legislation passed which makes the wealthy even wealthier.”

What can we, as citizens and entrepreneurs do? We can prepare to take responsibility for the economy ourselves. Really, is this the country our Founding Fathers had in mind?

I have been editing the book and documenting my references. I hope that might help people understand where I am coming from. I want to challenge you to think for yourself on these issues. Check out the footnotes and references. Don’t just react with denial or say, “Yeah, you are right.”

This might help: Go to some real time data being streamed about how many people are on the planet, how many cars we are producing, how much is being spent on health, war and education. (It is always enlightening to follow the money.) See how many forests are being lost to our economic model and how much energy is being burned. The Worldometer, as featured on the BBC, is a site that took my breath away. http://www.Worldometers.info/

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