Nutty ideas and immoderate speech

Bob Hoffman recalls a time when creative enterprises welcomed - even encouraged - crackpot thinking and outrageous speaking.

It was a badge of honor in the creative arts that we were tolerant and respectful of nutty ideas and immoderate speech. In fact, it was believed that creativity required a dose of such behavior.

Sadly, you have to be pretty dopey to think of our current crop of demoralizing holding companies as creative enterprises.

They are dutifully pious Wall Street constructs who are afraid of their own shadows.

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