Was told I’m not a libertarian because I’m suspicious of big business the same way I’m suspicious of big government.
Okay, okay give me a chance.
Amazon, Apple, Google, etc. act in monopolistic and anti competitive ways that are not good for the economy as a whole and infringe on my economic freedoms and individual liberties.
Sure we can say, “just don’t buy stuff on Amazon” but when the “free market” rewards Amazon to the point where they pay zero income tax, receive massive tax breaks and other incentives to build warehouses and offices, and their competition is closing brick and mortar locations while Amazon sales explode… How much of a choice is it?
I’ll double down and say this isn’t capitalism, it’s what capitalism was meant to destroy… Adam Smith is clearly casting shade at the mega companies of his time in Wealth of Nations, the East India Trading Co is in many ways is the Amazon of the 1700s.
From time to time, I believe a company gets so big that people making choices is no longer enough to constrain the company from becoming a monopoly and it is the responsibility of the government to intervene on behalf of the people. This is what the government should be for.
There’s good precedent for this. Microsoft was gutted by anti trust when the packaged internet explorer with Windows (of all things, right?). Most people agree that this is largely what allowed Apple to stage an amazing comeback and define entire sectors of tech.
Lastly, companies and individuals with that much money can essentially buy their way into control of the government. In this case, big business literally equates with big government.
TLDR: Because I don’t trust large corporations any more than I trust big government, people tell me I’m not a real libertarian.
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