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Losing is Losing

You want to hear a real horror? I started a company in 1993 that has served thousands of clients, now employs 30 people, and is largely unregulated. There are no federal or state laws that specifically contemplate my business model, which seeks to provide a creative, sensible, win-win alternative to bankruptcy*. Isn't that awful? We are actually pretentious enough that we would dare to operate and build businesses without the prior stamp of approval from the Emperor. Oh, there are bad actors, of course--just like in any industry or profession. Two that I know of were outright frauds, and I didn't shed a tear when they were shut down. Of course, they were shut down under the authority of a simple principle that's been around for 10,000 years, at least, and was even encoded into law about 3,000 years ago: Thou shalt not steal. But because the industry has grown and has all sorts of variations and off-shots, it has been determined by the "authorities" that "regulation" is "required". And, so, I've been making trips to Chicago over the last few months to sit around the table with other industry leaders and state commissioners charged with drafting a Uniform State...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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