We live in a time when billions of dollars of market capitalization can be wiped out by a single political speech, statutory command, or regulatory decree; and those politicians consume our lives as much as our dollars, a problem my friends have heard me complain about for decades related to my industry. ...Read the whole post. It's tragic and inspirational at the same time. In the final (full) paragraph, as I noted in the comments on his blog, Jim not only sounds a call to arms, but comes up with an analogy I had never considered before, and I think it's perfect:
For me, the end started when the Democrats retook Congress in 2006. ... our public servants made it impossible to raise capital to finance new business; consequently, the America taxpayers, without much attention in the media, took over liability for tens of billions of dollars in financing and risk. The Bush Administration and Congress followed this formula later that same year, when the chickens of failed public policy came home to roost throughout the financial services industry.
It is illegal for me to be profitable in my trade, so I am on strike as I refuse to be a slave. [all emphasis added]
In the novel _Atlas Shrugged_, each striker chose different guises to wear in their Strike: one became a playboy, another a pirate, and another a modern Harriet Tubman. I won’t make decorative light switch covers nor will I become a hobbyist. I have been educated in politics, divined the intricacies of federal regulation, and by profession I am an Integrator, who sees the whole picture from the smallest detail to the broadest perspective, all at the same time. I will choose my own strike path… [emphasis added]I had never considered John Galt a modern Harriet Tubman, but what a great comparison! The Underground Railroad and Galt's strike, both delivering man from slavery; the former from an immoral system, and the other from a corrupt morality.
I don't think it's time for a full-scale strike of the men of the mind... not yet. But it's clear that for some individuals, the time has come to turn their backs on a world that makes it impossible--or illegal--to live freely and productively.