Reading the article prompted me to reflect on other socialist nations such as Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and now Venezuela. Cuba has been in decline for more than 50 years yet the leaders there hold tight to the warped ideology without a hint of discouragement. Note: my intent here is not to get into our national political debates but rather throw up the alert flag to the dangers if business owners remain silent. Atlas Shrugged is a novel published in 1957 by Ayn Rand revealing the utopian mindset with a scary similarity to what we read in our local newspapers today. Rogue nations like those above heaped untold sufferings on millions of people and remain entrenched. Can it happen here? Business owners hope the incongruence with our way does not arrive to our shores. Yet collectivism has a tremendous appeal to the growing lower echelons of society with an emergent number of ideologues here willing to exploit them. Mega companies in corporate America are active in government policies for a stable climate with resources to support these activities. We smaller companies may not have the capital but we do have an enviable voice with politicians. Small and mid-sized companies far outnumber the mega giants and our motives are pure. Yet our ability is powerful only when we use it.
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Jim Mullaney is President and CEO of Edoc Service, Inc. a “Fast 55” virtual company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.]]>