Comments on: Who Is “The Man” and Do You Work for Him? One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:20:48 +0000 ARB,

Good example regarding “Boot”. He definitely knew he was working for “The Man” and had no other possible choice. It was sad to see a good guy like this fall into his trap due to his own poor financial decisions.

We have had many social revolutions that one would think would have improved our independence from our employers. But in reality, with social media, mobile devices, texting, instant messaging, and 24 x 7 email, it has actually gotten worse. The Man now has us virtually connected to carry out his whims – basically at will. And speaking of “At Will” many states allows employers to fire us anytime they want. Talk about no job security.

By: Bryan Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:41:06 +0000 …and that plan sometimes seems to take for ever… I really didn’t think I would ever make it becoming debt free.

Pulling the trigger and leaving work from “The Man” will be the next difficult move. Basically I recognize that my greed desires are still greater than my quest for complete freedom. Either getting laid off in the next re-org or meeting the crossover point in frustration will put me over the edge in my decision.

By: ARB Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:29:38 +0000 This article is spot on. Working and slaving away all these years for an employer is not the way to go. No one wants to have their livelihoods subject to someone else’s whims, like your former coworker Boot. This holds especially true in this era of social media surveillance where the wrong opinions or actions outside the workplace can mean destitution. I recently wrote about this topic on my blog, about how The Man’s power over us has become an ever-present force OUTSIDE the workplace.

It’s a shame that all these social reforms and revolutions that we’ve had over the past two centuries and American society still revolves around lifelong servitude and submission. We are constantly monitored, must always embrace the organization’s values, have to regulate our emotions so that we only show company approved emotions, are brainwashed into believing our employer’s doublespeak, and are expected to dedicate our lives to those in power. Orwell would not be amused.

ARB–Angry Retail Banker

By: Stockbeard Tue, 23 Feb 2016 23:06:28 +0000 Like you, I have a plan. But it takes time… sigh…