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Page 26 other incentives for doctor-managed, pre-paid group practice seem to offer some range of intermediate solution, midway between the government and the free market, which would be vastly preferable to reliance upon either the state or the marketplace to do the job. Although it represents a small part of the gross national product, the importance to the society of maintaining vitality in the work of succeeding generations in the fine arts, literature, and music seems to me crucial; not so much for the benefit of the artists as for the sake of their beneficiaries: the beholders, the readers, the listeners.
I could just as well ask can we prevent the attitude of most of its members from becoming resentful? In either case I am concerned primarily with these two provocations to resentment, the same two enemies of a voluntary life: self-perpetuating power and the trap of hopeless, perpetual disadvantage. I suggested in my first lecture that the American approach to these objectives emphasized, first, the limitations on and accountability of power, and second, a sense of opportunity and mobility, the fresh start and the second chance.
Page 16 a new product, a new way of making an old product. If very large outlays are needed to cultivate markets as well as to support the research and engineering needed to turn invention into innovation, the chance for the individual to ''do his thing'' will be confined to the mazes and channels within existing, very large, hyper-organized financial and corporate institutions. The sense of a fresh start, the opportunity for a second chance may be less and less an individual reality, and more and more dependent upon the ability to get on the escalator of some organized institution whose management is alert and perceptive enough to indulge the creative and risk the new.