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For the first two years, I took no salary and lived out of what was left of my savings, working some 100 hours/week. Everyone else never missed a paycheck.

You had two years to live on. That's a pretty nice buffer which few other people have. Kudos to you for making it work, but the issues at hand are:

a) is it right for owners to treat labour like dirt
b) is it accurate to insist labour provides no value
c) is it accurate to insist that risking one's capital entitles one to the kinds of rewards prevalent in our system

You don't strike me as someone who believes the first two, so I have no beef with you. The first two are ethical, the last is a matter of debate.

So, when you think about business owners, please keep in mind that most small businesses are not started by "silver spooners"; rather folks who take a risk....sometimes a huge one....with limited assets.

I don't know about "most", but I take your point, and would have made it myself but for space. It's difficult to summarize the full range of reality in a quick post. I have nothing but admiration for small business owners who make it work and treat their workers fairly.

But the OP was about Dave Thomas, someone who had millions to start with. His "risk" is having to live like the top 10-20%, rather than the top 1%, and I find the expectations of reward-entitlements for taking that kind of "risk" to be grossly exaggerated.
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