The latest essay by Paul Graham.
I've been my own boss for over 20 years now. And the only job I had before that was for a pretty small company where I had a lot of freedom. Nowadays, I can't imagine working for someone else - it's a frightening thought.
On the other hand, I've known lots of programmers (and other people) that want nothing more than to settle into a secure job in a large organization. To each his own, I guess.