Agorist Wally Conger brings to our attention a common pitfall of the going-into-business-for-yourself routine; the need to be stingy with information. It’s basically a matter of being assertive, which Conger says is “really a simple mental adjustment.” Of course it’s simple. Probably for some of us it’s even easy. Sooner or later I will probably have to learn it. It seems that wherever the market spreads its tentacles, there is not only the necessity of selling, but the necessity of jealously guarding one’s turf, or one’s market share, or one’s reputation, or one’s trade secrets. “Free market” or freed market, the world is your oyster if you’re the horse trader type; not so much if your strengths are in less extroverted areas like productivity, quality, ingenuity. Perhaps if you replace rentiers with entreprenoors as the leadership cadre of society, the income gap between top and bottom will be less extreme, but even that’s a leap of faith that rests on untested abstract theory. And in any case, if some are more independent than others, some are more free than others. “Lording it over” one another is still the order of the day in the mad scramble for survival in the agora.