Why Josh Linkner is outraged by “insanity”…and should be.

Josh Linkner

Here is an excerpt from a post by Josh Linkner at his blog. I share his anger and support his efforts.

Please click here to read what he has to say and check out the brief video clip that he provides.

My own opinion is that in every sector of our society (especially in  government), we need leaders with better ideas about how to achieve breakthrough results. As for Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Illinois), he and others are defenders of a dystunctional status quo.

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I am completely outraged. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Illinois) testified on the floor of the U.S. Congress about the evils of innovation (see video clip).  He criticized Steve Jobs for inventing the iPad because it will end up displacing workers in traditional printing houses.  He suggests that the United States Government should regulate innovation that negatively impacts non-competitive and outdated industries.

Are you kidding me???

This is exactly the type of backwards, protectionist thinking that crumbles both governments and companies.  Perhaps Mr. Jackson never bothered to read Darwin or study history, but adapting to the times and driving progress through innovation have been the key ingredients of success for centuries.  Look at Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, or Apple.  Each has created thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of wealth (not to mention tax-base which ironically pays the very members of congress who prefer to complain rather than create).

Mr. Jackson’s irrational argument flies in the face human progress. Should we have stopped the printing press since it would put the hand-scribing Monks out of work?  In the early 1900’s, should we have curbed the auto industry since it could have impacted jobs in the cart-and-buggy arena?  Prohibit drug therapies because healthier people may damage the morgue industry? Insanity!

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To read the complete blog post, please click here.

Josh Linkner is a New York Times best-selling author and change agent for business innovation. He’s on a mission to make the world a more creative planet. I highy recommend his most recent book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity.

For more information on creativity, visit his website.

“In addition to my blog, you’ll find free videos, quizzes, articles, eBooks and more to help fuel your creative fire!”




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