Had not seen the new production, Luke. I only know the classic with Zero Mostel. That being as it may the misconceptions about entrepreneurship are not limited to Germany. France, Norway, Romania... pick a place. They are all fundamentally the same in their inability to conceptualize our virtues. We Americans are exceptional.
We do not come to Henrik Ibsen's social context easily because we are Americans. And here in the Gulch we are self-selected from the self-selected. To us, "Pursuit of Happiness" is a good reason for a revolution. But not in Sweden, or Norway, or Denmark. Read about JANTE.
"... the idea that there is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Scandinavian communities that negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jant...
IKEA brags about it. I have asked rhetorically about patronizing your destroyers. Read below about the Ten Rules of Jante at IKEA and other firms. (Lots of ads, gotta X em when you can. Sorry.) But scroll down to see this artist's work, totally unremarkable, uninteresting, unchallenging.
I learned about JANTE in the John Stossel program from 1999, "Is America Number 1?" Andy Bechtolsheim, founder of Sun Microsystems said that he came to America to escape jante. From my reply on Galt's Gulch here.
Watch John Stossel interview Andy Bechtolsheim here from 20:12
STOSSEL: (VO) And so, in the past 10 years, 300,000 people, many of France’s best and brightest, have left.
And they’re leaving Germany, Sweden, Canada, leaving countries with lots of restrictions… for America.
ANDY BECHTOLSHEIM: I wanted to build better computers, and there was no way to build a better computer in Germany.
STOSSEL: (VO) Andy Bechtolsteim’s co-founder of America’s multi-billion dollar Sun Microsystems.
BECHTOLSHEIM’S EMPLOYEE: We could build…
BECHTOLSHEIM: The U.S. is really all about change faster. To innovate faster, to accelerate change. And what most of the rest of the world is all about is to preserve the status quo, to slow things down.
STOSSEL: And what you did here, why couldn’t you do that in Germany?
BECHTOLSHEIM: Well, it’s a beautiful place to go and drink some beer, enjoy the scenery but people are basically thinking about their retirement.
JOHAN VON HOLSTEIN: There’s no possibility of really living up to the potential of, of your dream, of what you want to do. Because of the system, and I think this is the problem for many European countries that the systems are wrong.
SOT DOOR Door opens
STOSSEL: (VO) Johan Von Holstein who founded Icon Medialab is from Sweden.
VON HOLSTEIN: We have something called yunt [PH] in Sweden, which is, um, it’s like the ten commandments but they go like, thou should not think that thy are anything, and you don’t even try to try. It’s not worth it.