Any respect I ever had for Ben Stein has thoroughly evaporated. Book smarts aside, the man's an idiot. Anyone who's ever seen lay-offs in action, from investor pleasing dumbsizing to this catastrophic recession-led shredding, knows full well that it's almost completely impersonal. In many cases the decisions are made by people who've never even met the people they've slated for pink slips. So what fucking universe is Ben Stein living in when he says shit like this?
The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say “generally” because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along — not always easy.