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Elizabeth Warren’s anti-entrepreneur “You didn’t build that on your own” Speech


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As with academic papers written by scholars and examined by students, it is assumed that the subject matter is accurate and generally follows the nomenclature of purpose, hypotheses and findings. I will use this template to critique a discourse of diatribe by Elizabeth Warren that is known as the “You didn’t build that on your own” speech.

(Editor’s note: You may be thinking that this is a quote from President Obama, and he did indeed say this, and meant it. But Elizabeth Warren’s quote was much earlier.)

The quote of analysis is as follows:

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea – God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

I am proposing that the speech is one of malicious contempt for the American entrepreneur and will support this with my own vitriolic response in a line by line manner.

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody.”

To set the scene for this first phrase, one must examine the context in which it is written. Warren is performing the function here of the “useful idiot,” by which she is extending the rhetoric of the progressive left. In particular, her speech follows a thematic narrative put forth by activist and Berkeley liberal George Lakoff. The Marxian thesis developed by Lakoff and so proudly espoused by Warren shows the contempt for the bourgeois, (American businessmen) and their call to arms by the proletariat, whose backs, they say, you the small businessman, built his success off of.

The totalitarian theory implied in this line wants one to believe that it is the government’s role that enables individual success, hence the need for more and bigger government. The second use of the word “nobody” is an effort to make the masses one, so that income equality can allegedly be gained by all through the strength of the state. One might put an exclamation mark after the second use of “nobody” as Warren re-emphasizes your individual uselessness and your need for the collective to achieve success.

You built a factory out there – good for you.

This smug, patronizing comment is at the heart of how the progressive liberal despises your success and longs to free it from you. The use of the term “factory” is a turn of the 19th century phrase that implies the malevolence of capitalism and the need for unionization to organize the masses in protest. Every revolution must have dissent and protest. This line sickens me as much as any in this narrative.

But I want to be clear.

This attempts to be an authoritarian statement providing the basis for the class warfare that is needed to accomplish the end game. In the lines that follow, we will see more of the propaganda that would make Joseph Goebbels proud to be an American today.

Part II to follow…

Editor’s note: This is how far the socialist movement has come. People believe Warren is an intelligent college professor who speaks well and makes sense. She is really an incompetent, with no concept of how the real world works.

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, when Obama expressed this sentiment, I became sick to my stomach that this asshole who had never run a business, never made a payroll was telling me that I didn’t build my own company. To know that yet another useless, clueless politician believes this and is running for President, makes me want to cry. Have we learned nothing?

In my opinion, this is exceedingly offensive to small business owners who worked their asses off to build a business. We pay taxes, so we have as much right to the infrastructure as anyone else. We create wealth above and beyond what others do, wealth that would not exist but for us.

Did ‘everybody’ help us? Hell no. In fact, there is no one lonelier than a struggling small business owner trying to make payroll…



  1. I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve built a successful business. But there’s no doubt that I live in a society. I depend on infrastructure that tax money paid for. I depend on an educated workforce that tax money paid for. And every successful person – in addition to their vision, and hard work, and the benefits of public education – also depends on a bit or a whole lot of luck. I wholeheartedly agree with Elizabeth Warren’s assessment. Far from being an idiot – or a useful idiot as the Soviets are famous for saying – she’s spot on.

    • Congratulations on your business, I”m sure you worked hard to get there.

      But I’m not sure you are seeing the whole picture. She is using this bullshit do justify taxing you into oblivion. She is a socialist and she thinks, as President, you really work for her and you should cheerfully turn over everything you have earned to her control. This is the socialist way. I guarantee you would not have built your business in a socialist society.

      And yes I agree that what we have built depends on the infrastructure that is available. But a) we have already paid for that with our tax dollars, it’s in the past, and b) entrepreneurs CREATE wealth. We don’t borrow it or steal it, we build it. It is wealth that was not there before and will not appear spontaneously. And yes, luck is occasionally a factor, but persistence and hard work are more a factor. We don’t do it for the good of society, its way too hard for altruistic motives. We do it for our families and for our individual satisfaction.

      I’m sure you have had those lonely days when you didn’t know whether you would be successful. Would you go through that if there were no reward at the end?

  2. @Joe Infrastructure spending would be in the past if the US had no debt. As of this AM, our national debt stood at $22 trillions. Entrepreneurs like everyone else rely on public services, water, roads, schools, the police, the courts. There are leading-edge companies all over the world including in so-called socialist countries.

    • Esther, everybody pays for infrastructure, we all own it. Entrepreneurs build on whatever is there and create new things that otherwise would not exist. If the infrastructure was not there or was different, entrepreneurs would still create from whatever is there. In a free enterprise system, people benefit from the entrepreneur’s creativity, everyone who participates is rewarded with part of the wealth that is created. The entrepreneur does not owe a special debt just because he created something. And having someone who has created nothing tell the entrepreneur how much he owes to society shows an extreme lack of appreciation for the new wealth that would not otherwise exist.

  3. “….when Obama expressed this sentiment, I became sick to my stomach that this asshole who had never run a business, never made a payroll was telling me that I didn’t build my own company.”
    Sad, but words like this are also said by the most corrupt President in history, who makes me sick to my stomach!

  4. What always seems to get left out of the discussion is the risk that a person takes in trying to build a successful business. Capitalism rewards ambition, hard work and risk. Like it or not this country has been built on millions of small businesses whose owners believe that if they work at it long and hard enough each day, they will have the promise of success however they define it. Well over 50% of startup businesses fail in the first few years. Certainly not for lack of trying, they took the risk and it didn’t pan out. I ran a business for over 30 years and employed several hundred people. I fought regulations, cash flow, banks, legal obstacles and competition regularly in an effort to provide myself and family with a good living and family employ hundreds of people. Elizabeth Warren is wrong. We paid millions in taxes to support everything she says is provided by the government and of course we took advantage of infrastructure but without infrastructure there would be no economy to tax and no support for the millions of people who pay no taxes. It is there for the benefit all, not just companies. It is a straw man argument and is not a realistic argument.


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