"The creative economy left to its own devices is an incredibly unequal economy. It is far more unequal than the industrial economy.
A hundred years ago when the industrial economy emerged, it created great wealth and great productive potential, but all of that money went to the robber barons and their immediate managerial elite. But what we did over the course of the 1930s and 1940s is we oiled that industrial engine with Labour parties and social democratic parties and Franklin Delano Roosevelt here. We said that workers too could participate in that and gain income and have better jobs and see their working conditions improve and their work days shorten.
We need the same kind of thing with the creative economy. Look at London, look at San Francisco. There is a creative elite alongside an increasingly impoverished population of people toiling to conduct service work. Left to its own devices and market mechanisms, the creative economy will not solve this problem. That’s why we need political leadership. But, you know what, we don’t have it."
Den amerikanske inne-ekonomen Richard Florida, författare till "The rise of the creative class" talar i brittisk radio och, tja, diggar välfärdsstaten.
Från: ”Current affairs” 040429, BBC Radio 4 (transcript)