Friday, June 10, 2005

Economic Alternatives on a Global Scale

Land of opportunity
Posted by fyl on 10 June, 2005 - 05:41.
I was going to retire in the U.S. at 28. Then 38. Just didn't happen. I didn't get married, I didn't have kids. But, it still never happened for a bunch of reasons, the most recent being that I don't want to retire because I love my work.

Sitting here in Nicaragua, looking back, I see a very different possibility. I see Nicaragua as the land of opportunity. Way beyond the land of opportunity the U.S. looked like in 1950. In fact, this is what is behind the Geek Ranch idea.

In 1950, a job was something you "went to" and did work. The 60s and 70s brought you suburbia which increased your expenses and the amount of time you had to invest in your job because of travel. Few jobs, other than writing, gave you a chance to work wherever you wanted.

Today, the picture is very different. There are lots of opportunities to live far away from your customers. Programming is one possibility but there are others. With the Web as a world-wide sales and marketing tool and manufacturing typically far away from development and from point of delivery (take cars as an example) you get to choose.

The Geek Ranch idea is that someone with an idea (it can be a book, computer software, whatever) can become a real Capitalist. That is, they don't have to work for someone--they can do it themself. In a way not possible in the U.S. today, they can live economically in a climate that encourages you to work and develop your product. That "climate" is not just weather. Lower-stress, zero travel time and generally more comfortable.

It's not for everyone and it is certainly not for the factory worker. But, it will help some people become independent and, at the same time, find out that there is an alternative to being a slave for 12 years.
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This is taken from the website. This idea will interest people who are educated and/or artistic and have the financial means to set up in a different country. It is only one reason why Dave and I have chosen to explore Nicaragua - there is also the desire to immerse ourselves in the Latin culture, the friendly people and beautiful, peaceful atmosphere. The Nica population will be able to take advantage of this on a smaller scale - the laborers and lower income folks will benefit with co-operatives and profit sharing, a message we hope to advertise while in their country.


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