The Joy of bourgeois virtues

On a long plane ride back from Europe recently, I watched the film Joy. It stars Jennifer Lawrence as a housewife and mother with a penchant for inventing things and follows the story of her attempt to bring a self-wringing mop to market. The film is one of the better presentations of entrepreneurship that you’ll see, depicting well the struggle she faces in raising money, persuading people to sell the mop, and then having to defend the originality of her product.The film treats Joy’s attempt to create and sell the mop sympathetically, if not heroically, throughout. Many other businesspeople are

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