Sorry for the lack of posting: business in thirteen countries (four of then twice) in the last two months is keeping me a bit busy! The above image arrived in my inbox today along with news of the TTIP and it struck me as pertinent. Add the quote above to "laws and regulations more numerous than the hairs of an ox [are]"more to be feared than fierce tigers" and "The more artificial taboos and restrictions there are in the world, the more the people are impoverished…" the more one can see where old Lao-tzu was coming from. More about the 'world is your oyster' opportunities here.
Thus the virtuous attend to contracts
while those without virtue collect taxes …More: "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed." Ayn Rand; Atlas Shrugged, 1957