Some have observed, regarding the coming vaccine mandate job losses, the danger in effectively expelling many of the nation’s most independent thinkers from its current workforce. That danger is real. I’ve seen little attention paid yet, however, to the flip side of it.

That flip side is the effect of casting many of America’s most intelligent, independent-minded, and potentially entrepreneurial minds “into the wilderness,” so to speak, and forcing them to reinvent themselves. Not all of the current realignment in the national employment landscape is happening because of a backlash against tyranny. But some of it, clearly, is.

There’s been a lot of talk about how dissenters can counter rising totalitarianism by rejecting existing, corrupted institutions, and establishing “parallel structures” to replace them. It seems to me that fascist overreach like the vaccine mandates may only end up serving as a crucible to help encourage that.

Workers Quit Jobs in Droves to Become Their Own Bosses

Seeking flexibility or escape from corporate bureaucracy, employees discover their inner entrepreneur

Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2021