… is from page 109 of Todd Buchholz’s 1995 book, From Here to Economy:
As Emerson suggested, Americans practically idolize self-reliance.
And that may be too bad. Because our economic successes come from working with people, not shrinking from them. Remember, the United States began as a trading colony – some of our most eminent patriots were smugglers! – and has always prospered by trading and competing, not by retreating behind a moat and a drawbridge.