One of the biggest myths with regard to American politics is the idea that political and economic matters are a battle between business and government. Often for many government is seen as a champion of “the people,” while business is evil. The two clash and that is the great and epic struggle.
This myth is dangerous. Business and government don’t oppose each other, they ENABLE each other.
Guess what? No one benefits more from food stamps more than the food corporations. (There’s a reason one can buy soda in most states with food stamps.) No one benefits from crop subsidies like Big Agriculture. No one benefits from defense spending like the defense contractors. No one benefits from drug laws like the prison companies. No one benefits more from the FDA than Big Pharma.
This is the reality. But many people refuse to see the crony system for what it is. Big government plus big business (and other private interests) run a big crony capitalist system. The connected get rich, the tax payers are farmed, the peasantry is thrown crumbs.
Despite the amount of choices in the consumer market, several big companies own a large majority of major brands, effectively controlling everything you buy.
So, how much of “choice” is really controlled by big business, and how well do Americans understand which corporations have a stake in the goods and services they rely on every day?