No, they really, really could not. A guy with no legs, or cystic fibrosis, or a heart defect, isn't going to be able to start a paper route or mow lawns. A single mom is not going to be able to start a food truck. A guy with an IQ of 80 is not going to be able to start a business. It would be nice to think that everyone is capable of making it on their own. They're not. Again, see the above, No, anyone could not. The country does not need 165 million real estate agents - or food trucks, or plumbers. Yes, more than 50% of the population is capable of finding work and/or starting their own business. The remainder are the problem. They are people too. Many of them CANNOT do any of the things you mentioned. Yep. And they died en masse during famines and whatnot. "Life before Reagan." Because Reagan started capitalism or something?