Via The Salted Slug comes more evidence of the Shruggery of Atlas. The gentleman concerned (and where there is one we can safely assume there are more) has had enough with all the difficulties and obstacles government’s put in his way and will not be running his own business again, and is presumably off to work for somebody else.
I don’t think he’ll be much happier there though, unless he’s really lucky. On his blog, Dilbert creator Scott Adams put forward the theory that bad management in large companies are a driver for entrepreneurs, as the capable employees in the company, fed up of reporting to (and being overruled by) morons throw their hands up in the air and go off and start their own businesses, which they can run properly and without endless efficiency-destroying ‘initiatives’ and so on. As we are so often reminded, half the villains in Atlas Shrugged were businessmen.
With these two powerful demotivations acting in opposite directions, there are very few options available to those capable of wealth creation in society. One is, as Salty says, Galt’s Gulch, if it existed and if they’d let you in. Staying as or becoming an employee is hard work too, as I can tell you from personal experience. Unless you’re lucky, you’ll end up surrounded by bovine looters, and having a (commendable) attitude of wanting to do your work in a timely and efficient manner ultimately leads to more heartache. In the end, you end up shrugging there too, and becoming as that which you despise.
It really is starting to feel like we’re living out the final chapters of Ayn Rand’s nightmare vision (witness the government’s ham-fisted salt redistribution), and it ain’t gonna be pretty as it plays out.
Who is John Galt?