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Offline Haverwilde

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Re: Large corporations hate competition
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2012, 08:18:00 PM »
The enemy of freedom is BIG!
Big Government,
Big Military
Big Corporations
Big Unions
Big Medicine
Big Science
Big Media,
Hell, even Big Unicorn Farts are dangerous.  ;D

The answer is.......... small.


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Re: Large corporations hate competition
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 12:17:06 AM »
Great stuff Paul.

Big Electric Corp is worried so they talk to Big Government, to stop the small guy from producing electiricity, because they don't want to have to control the spikes that might damage computers (substitute the Electric Corps bottom line for computers and I think you will get the truth).   ::)

Too bad I can't hook up something like that here (but we get more rain than sunshine).
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Re: Large corporations hate competition
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 08:48:56 AM »
Well, it's not just Big...all established businesses hate competition.

Why do many cities limit the number of taxis allowed?  Because the existing companies don't want competition.
Why do many states require 1500 hours of beauty school instruction (at least, that was WA's standard) before someone is allowed to simply braid hair? Existing beauty parlors don't want competition
Why did the tattoo/piercing people in WA try to get the state the implement a licensing scheme (when there was already a perfectly adequate set of hygiene standards)?  To create a barrier to competition.
Why do some states require licensing for such occupations as interior decorators and florists?

I think you get the picture.  Existing business interests, large or small, have a profound tendency to, when possible, get the government to do the dirty work of keeping competitors out of the market.  This is usually done in the name of "public health/safety" or insuring "product quality"
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Re: Large corporations hate competition
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2012, 10:49:19 AM »
Langenator,
Hmm, I think there is a difference between hurdles and barriers.
Standards, even arbitrary ones, slow down entrance to an enterprise; they don’t bar one from entry. Chaos in an industry doesn’t help anyone; healthy competition on the other hand is good for the entire industry. So I think some of your examples actually are healthy—others not so much.
My primary point was that BIG, in and of itself, automatically brings problems.
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