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July 1, 2009

Albert Esteves, editor of Interempresas

In Spain there are more civil servants to entrepreneurs. If at the end of 2007 there were over 400,000 businessmen that officials the trend has been radically reversed in a few months and now the difference is more than five thousand for the officials. In little more than a year, entrepreneurs 320,000, nearly 11% of the total, mostly small entrepreneurs and freelancers, have disappeared from the statistics. In the same period, the number of staff has increased by nearly 100,000. Needless to point out that the entrepreneurs who create jobs for what not very difficult to imagine how many future jobs are lost for every entrepreneur who disappears.

But this is not the worst. Many surveys show that our university students, born and trained in the abundance, feel a growing aversion to risk-taking and a marked distaste to the effort and sacrifice as values essential to achieve higher levels of wealth and well-being. It is not surprising. The dominant values in their social environment emerge from the dilution of individual responsibility for a diffuse public guardianship. The concept of freedom is cracks against the accommodative stunning security and life without complications. And imposes a notion of the public administration, in a generic sense, as a responsible and guarantor of a growing number of innate performance rights. Minimum responsibilities. Nobody outdoors. And more staff.

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Therefore already not even surprised that only 28% of the Spanish members of Parliament come from the private sector, something that should outrage in a modern liberal society. It must be acknowledged. The romantic figure of the entrepreneur is on the wane in the imagination of our youth. The adventure of creating already not seduce. Even the children of entrepreneurs fail to pick up the baton and bear the burden of responsibility for the company they founded their ancestors. Perhaps the only hope lies in the new immigration, the collective more dynamic, more courageous and with greater ability to sacrifice of our production system.

In any case, what is clear is that our education system manifests itself unable to build individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit, able to identify business opportunities and organize resources to implement them. Some time ago a veteran Director of a major public University told me that, long ago, students went to the University to learn; later coined the concept of lifelong learning and to the University was to be "learning to learn"; and now, I said, is the time to teach them to "learning to undertake". At that time seemed a fortunate idea. Then I yelled that who should teach them to "learning to undertake" were all officials.

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