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America’s problems, at least some of them will be described in this post. To avoid losses, the market only needs to grow by 2% per year. For centuries, the US had immigration that exceeded 2% of the population. As a result, the market grew by more than 2% per year, and American companies never incurred losses. This also applied to the colonies of other countries.

In the beginning of the 1950s, the whole world sank into an economic dip, indirectly due to the Second World War. After years of fighting, millions of soldiers returned home in 1945, taking up their routine jobs. Five years later, boredom hit, and people started working a lot slower.

In the Netherlands, companies solved this problem by implementing performance pay. This stimulated low and unskilled workers to think about methods to increase the quality and quantity of their own production. That made the work a lot more fun, and salaries also increased.

Immigration was abolished in the US, bringing an end to the growth in the market, and the US economic dip lasted to the end of the 1950s. The prosperity of the 1960s arose because millions of small businesses started to cut back, and entrepreneurs pocketed the proceeds of the cutbacks. By the end of the 1960s, most of those small businesses went bankrupt, and US prosperity stagnated.

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