Licking the boots of mega corporations is not libertarian.
Are mega corporations a good thing for freedom? In my opinion… no. I don’t think Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nestle, Coca Cola, etc. Care about you or me. I think they care about one thing: Money. And they use that money to buy only one thing: Power.
And here’s the deal. I’m sick and tired of listening to Libertarians lick mega corporations boots. I’m sick and tired of libertarians saying “But they worked hard to get where they are”. Sure. There was hard work involved. But there was a lot of predatory business practices, backroom deals, and law breaking that got many, if not all of these companies where they are today.
Amazon has a reputation for buying around 20-30% stake in a small company, demanding trade secrets, then creating a competitive company, selling the stake, bankrupting the small company, then stealing all of the employees for themselves. This is very much illegal. And for good reason. It also just accepted a joint 10 Billion dollar contract along with Microsoft from the government to do defense contracting. They also own multiple companies which are working on the cure for cancer. Are they going to give the cancer cure away for free? Nope. They’re going to sell it to who can afford it. So fuck you, kids with leukemia! Your parents are plumbers. Not executives.
Amazon also owns the Washington Post, which provides the company a steady stream of propaganda for both Bezos and his brand. This media company, the moment Bezos acquired it, suddenly was pumping out pro corporation propaganda.
Speaking of propaganda, Rupert Murdoch and 14 other people own all of your news sites. And they all happen to be billionaires. So of course it can be difficult to find other Billionaires’ dirty laundry
As for the food supply, 10 companies own 90% of the entire food supply vertically and horizontally for the US. That includes 70,000 separate food choices. And since processed food has been introduced, which makes up 75% of our diet, chronic diseases and medical costs have skyrocketed, creating a dependency on big pharma for treatment.
Big Pharma will take large amounts of taxpayer money, use it to develop a drug, patent said drug, and then sell it back to taxpayers for 1,000% of what it costs to produce. Just look at insulin in the united states, or the new HIV drugs. WE PAID FOR THAT GUYS. So after we paid for the solutions to the problems that the 10 companies above created, Big Pharma charges us a markup of 1,000%. It doesn’t surprise me that so much misinformation revolves around health. These guys have a big amount to lose!
Apple has been trying desperately to dismantle “Right to repair” for small businesses. This means for apple products that you personally own, you would be required to have your repairs done by them. If this happens, every company will now have the right to require you repair or maintain their products at whatever price they choose.
Bill gates’ foundation (The Bill and Martha Gates foundation) Spends hundreds of millions lobbying congressmen and women every year. Bill will “Donate” money to the foundation, which then allocates the money to lobbying firms that he owns.
Facebook lied to you, took your personal data, and then sold it to companies without your consent.
Libertarianism is about freedom of choice. But quite frankly, freedom of choice is something every single one of these corporations want to take away from you. A free market means these corporations and business owners have to work hard to keep your business. Mega corporations do not create a free market. They create an oligarchy. Oligarchies, like monarchies are inherently not libertarian. Their sole purpose is to keep the business owners in power, and you without your freedom or liberty.
Billionaires do not spend their money on big boats, golden toilets, or fancy cars. They spend their money to weed into government and stifle the free market so that they can create a system that works for them instead of us. Now, we have a billionaire authoritarian as our president!
So now I hope you understand why I get pissed off when libertarians (claiming to support freedom) lick the boots of the people who take away our freedoms every day behind the scenes.
Article from /r/Libertarian: For a Free Society