I went to see the new movie Ben Stein co-wrote, entitled “Expelled.. What does this have to do with my journey to independence, you ask? Quite a lot, actually. Let me explain. The movie is all about the suppression of freedom at large. For instance, whenever university professors attempted to engage in a discussion about a certain subject, they were terminated. As long as they walked the party line and did not upset the applecart, things were fine. But if they attempted to bring up ideas or views which were contrary to the establishment, they suffered consequences. The movie used the Berlin Wall to symbolize the barrier between the establishment and independent thought, or freedom of thought, if you prefer. Whenever intellectual thought is stifled, improvement is deficient and the status quo becomes the static quo, which brings me to my point. There is a similar phenomenon occurring in corporate America today.