We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Capital collection, distribution, and creation is a global industry now, and it doesn't really require buildings in New York anymore. Bad for New York City in the long run, but it's great for the world. Capital is the world's most important commodity and even the most powerful governments must now bow at the altar of free market capital.
Wall Street is now a global, virtual, electronic street which is now, in many ways, run by computers. Decline and Fall, at NYM.
We have only just begun to see what change the internet is going to bring. High speed communcations networks will allow for markets to organize in ways we can't yet imagine. I have discussions here at Directional U with those that think we are immune from the these changes. Maybe the NYSE shutting down will make them rethink their position.