"I can hire one half
of the working class to kill the other half" –
US Financier and Railroad Businessman (1836 -1892)
Capitalism vs Free Enterprise
What Builds Up the Country, the Nation and
Mom and Pop Stores and Small Businesses
Monopoly Capitalism Strangles All
For years now I have been on a one man crusade to make a few people
1. ALL capitalism is monopoly capitalism by its very nature. The
never ending, built in drumbeat for constant, cut-throat competition in
industry and business guarantees it.
2. More importantly, FREE ENTERPRISE is NOT a synonym of capitalism, it
is CAPITALISM'S DIRECT OPPOSITE. Capitalism is designed to use capital
as a means to bring all industry, all business and mainly, ALL PROFIT to
larger and larger corporation headquarters (ergo fewer and fewer alike
corporations as only so much "growth" can be absorbed), almost always
situated in big cities. Thus capitalism drains the countryside of the
necessary medium to do business as well as it steals local business by
tactics such as selling at a loss until the small retailer is forced to
close. Circle K, for example, did this throughout the U.S., selling
gasoline and other items at a loss when they targeted new areas, which
guaranteed to put every "mom & pop" store within the selected perimeter
out of business. As soon as the last one closed its doors the prices
shot up. This is the nature of capitalism.
Not noticed until later, if at all, by the citizens of the cities and
towns affected is the fact that the medium of exchange which used to
stay within the community through those local mom & pop stores now
leaves the community for national or international headquarters of the
capitalized chains, franchises, and malls, leaving the communities short
of the means to do business other than a one time sale of plywood to
board up the closed local shops. Finally the building supplier of the
plywood closes shop too. This, too, is the nature of super-greedy
ALL capitalism is MONOPOLY CAPITALISM, the unnatural dog eat dog
supplanter of FREE ENTERPRISE, the natural manner of providing people
necessities through business. We still occasionally hear the free
enterprise terms "putting out your shingle" or "starting on a shoe
string" although neither works anymore because monopoly capitalists
don't want local competition so they have bought local government. Very
If anyone puts a sign in his front yard today that he is open to do
business in such and such an area he will be stopped and fined for a
dozen or so broken ordinances, even in the smallest towns. His home will
usually not pass "zoning" or more dozens of mandated "safety" demands.
Too often we see "news" items about some preteen kids being threatened
with fines and jail time for the effrontery of trying to sell some
lemonade on hot days from their front yard with a makeshift stand. "Let
the buyer beware" is long gone with the wind; now it is "let the buyer
sue and government back him up." Everyone is a victim except the guy
busting his ass trying to make a living.
As for starting on a shoe string, it can no longer happen.
Competition-hating "deep pockets" corporations of billions, even
trillions, of dollars will crush anyone who tries to get something local
going with an income tax refund or even a lottery winning. They don't
even have to consciously try. They have the means built into their
regular under-cutting sales against other giant corporations. But they
are rightly afraid of local competition because they know better than
anyone that local, privately owned businesses are head and shoulders
more efficient than a giant corporation.
These gigantic corporations are also behind all these scare tactic
ordinances that come into existence. (Women are easily manipulated to be
afraid of anything and they love to get elected to local positions of
power these days.) Destroying competition is exactly why there are
national organizations of mayors, police, councilmen, etc. for every
last local, county or state elected office and tons of unelected
offices. They have their regular meetings wherein the still open doors
to possible success in local business are detected and the fear
propaganda created as the easiest way to close them. Usually by making
it too expensive for any but the big boys to comply to "safety"
ordinances and/or the accompanying paperwork - most anything being
brought under the term "safety" easily bought by women and brainwashed
FREE ENTERPRISE, which comes into existence locally from the grass roots
up, not the financier down, is thus NO LONGER ALLOWED TO EXIST. Under
free enterprise, local people, as individuals or partners or small
companies, open local businesses and hire local people when their
business requires it. The medium of exchange that flows through these
businesses STAYS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, to continue circulating and
providing the means for everyone in the area to have a stable,
productive and secure life. The result of this natural and proper manner
of providing needed goods and services for right living was once called
"the middle class." That class that no longer exists in the U.S.
UNDER CAPITALISM, EVENTUALLY THERE IS NO MIDDLE CLASS. ONLY THE SUPER
RICH (about 10%) AND THE PAUPERS (the rest of the people).
Now I can advise you all day not to buy the cheap Chinese junk from the
franchises, the chains or the malls but it will do no good. Because we
are mostly already so poor we have no choice. Besides the bank credit
loans at interest miscalled "money" is designed as the engine to this
injustice and no real change can be accomplished until that criminality
But it just occurred to me (the reason for this rant) that local
communities are overly fond of offering giant corporations huge
discounts in the way of free community services such as free utilities
and tax breaks which the rest of us find ever growing burdens. This is
nothing but crass insult to all those of us who are not the 10% of
bankers and grossly overpaid CEOs of gigantic, international
corporations. These corporations are much more able to pay for these
services than those of us who will go to work in their factory for close
to minimum wages while we pay the corporation's utilities and taxes.
So there is some little thing people can do, and in a local setting. We
can demand that our cities, towns and other municipalities, instead of
this betrayal of the local people, give these kinds of breaks to LOCAL
STARTUPS OF LOCAL PEOPLE WHO WILL PROVIDE LOCAL SERVICES OR GOODS. And
refuse them to competing outside greedy corporations. They always use
the argument about how much money they will bring to the community but
that argument is plainly a lie. The money they "bring in" flows through
the corporation to its national or international headquarters, leaving
only as much as they are forced to pay in wages in the local area while
they have been forgiven normal costs of business which these same
employees must make good. Moreover, the community becomes dependent on
these jobs but corporations - and government - are notoriously
capricious about jumping to the new "cheapest place."
Local business men will always be local, never jumping ship. They will
also be honestly interested in the life of the local community, not as a
corporate "PR" operation with no real concern about the area or its
people. Why then should not local government be forced by local people
to give these breaks to local business instead of some bottom-line-only
driven international corporation?
Have you ever heard anyone ask such a question in your "local" Rotary or
other international, masonic style, people control organization
pretending to care about the locale? Ask it. Ask it in your local
newspaper or any other media. Ask it at your local town hall meetings.
Ask it of your neighbors and over coffee at the local cafe. Never stop
asking it except when you confront your local officials directly and
* * *
"Wal-Mart represents the end of competition locally, not the beginning.
As power consolidates at the top, those low, everyday prices don't have
to be so low anymore.
"Instead of being a shot in the arm to the economy, Wal-Mart has been
like a shot to the head. At the macro level, we've seen a dramatic loss
of manufacturing base, as retailers like Wal-Mart globalize their
"Culturally, Mr. Smiley represents the "blanding down of America", the
spread of a corporate culture that destroys regional differences and
turns our roadside into miles of windowless concrete walls and parking
lots the size of an airport."
Al Norman, "The Case Against Walmart"
Monopoly Capitalism is a Cancer