I've been thinking about this lately, in the UK there's been a rash of TV shows about enterprise, seriously trying to give business and enterprise props, at the same time there's some real anxiety about academic research indicating that there's a precipice in terms of peoples interests in those things, the nation of shop keepers is shutting up shop and waiting for someone else to supply its needs.
In some ways I can understand this, enterprise has been intellectualised by a lot of academics, so a lot of people imagine that there's a lot more to in its most basic forms than there actually is, there's a lot of people who are not interested in the sorts of niche, small, possibly labour intensive for small returns shit disturbing which passes for business in the shadow of the real monopoly giants and, most basic of all, the retirement and replacement rates are all out of sync in the UK.
Wouldnt it be bizarre if capitalism's obsolescence was pressed home by the fact that people couldnt be bothered? Like some real life game of monopoly people decided they'd lost interest before the finish because it became apparent there was no catching up with those leading in the game already?
I'm not sure if this is a consequence of the paternalism in the welfare system or the paternalism which is also a big part of consumerism, ie someone else will supply your needs, while you passively consume, but its likely to be a big challenge in the future. Is there anything like this across the board in other nations?
In some ways I think its tied to other democratic deficits and a certain sort of resignation, partisan thinking will pin the blame on different culprits, ie government or casino banking, but the reality is that people have got the message that you could work hard, invest everything, perform to your talented, strenuous best and someone else will make a major decision and it'll disappear in the resulting economic quake.