I wish to acknowledge my good fortune in having been blessed with so many of the characteristics which are helpful in becoming a success in our economic system, and without which this book could not have been written.
I also express my appreciation to those--family, friends, colleagues, students, chance acquaintances--who have been willing to discuss my ideas over the years. I particularly appreciate those whose views did not correspond with mine, but who were willing to consider these as issues on which reasonable people could reasonably disagree (and to give me the benefit of the doubt on the "reasonable" criterion).
This book is dedicated to Paula J., who shared with me some of her life story during a discussion on a pedestrian overpass in Baltimore, Maryland. Paula epitomized those millions of good people who suffer from, and struggle to make up for, the fact that they possess very few of the advantages necessary for success in our economic system.