"Education is the only thing you can do that will change society. Everything else is just a band-aid." - Jacqueline de Chollet
"Boys will be boys. But boys will not be president." - Ronald Regan
My simple answer to your question is, yes...it is okay for businesses to strike.
In the book, government wasn't simply treating businesses unfairly. Government had, in fact, taken control of all decision making away from those who owned businesses...and then demanded that those owners make the business work. Those business owners who "went on strike"...stopped working, that is...were breaking the law. So, it wasn't a step taken to make a statement or influence lawmakers. It was a conscious decision to not take part in the system placed upon them by the government. In effect, they walked away from their business and let the government have it.
We are not at that point in real life...yet. But we just might get there. Government has taken similar steps against individuals and businesses with Obamacare.
-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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And then there's the taxpayer-supported state colleges - the students pay lower prices thanks to those tax dollars, so I guess they couldn't vote, either. And then there's those who serve in the military - we got lower prices at the commissary, free housing, and so forth. Sure, you might try to label those as 'benefits' - but in reality, they're subsidies.
And then there's the victims of disasters - they couldn't vote, either. And women who were stuck with the children and had to go on public assistance because their husbands decided to leave couldn't vote, either. The list goes on and on.
In other words, guy, what you're proposing is a can of worms that you really don't want to open.
“To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good" - Solzhenitsyn
"...with the terrorists, you have to take out their families." - Donald Trump