Freedom, Happiness, Financial and Personal Success, The American Dream. The pinnacle of achievement in America, the combination of these virtues
combined - the goal that many of us aim for - is entrepreneurship. To work for ones self and only have to answer to the customer, rather than any
other form of a boss. It's an entirely different lifestyle, but one that many find happiness in. You set your own schedule and work for the people you
want to work for, according to your necessity. As an individual you have to figure out how to market yourself, build a loyal customer base, you have
to provide results and often don't have anyone but yourself to fall back onto. It has the capability to develop confidence, passion, intelligence, and
other traits that a 9-5 job simply is not likely to.
Small business ownership has always been a pillar in America, and has always been a key path for the average American. Small to medium sized
businesses create over
60% of jobs on average
To me, all of this is good, it's positive, it offers diversity for both consumers and entrepreneurs alike.
On the other hand, I'm very much against large companies.
They don't offer diversity, less jobs are created ( One walmart can put several local stores out of business, for instance ), loyalty to consumers and
workers alike reduces. With millions, billions of dollars comes a whole new world, the side of business I cannot come to agree with or like. A whole
mess of bad things come from large corporations, and it's just not worth it.
Legislation including policies, regulations, laws, restrictions, etc, start to be to protect the large business, rather than promote business as a
whole. These regulations kill the small business owner, while the large corporation happily complies, knowing they will have an even bigger corner of
the market. Corporate lobby-ism becomes the norm, where people advocate for multi-billion dollar corporations, and attempt to influence our
government. Patents and copyrights become broader, more vague, and over-bearing, creating situations where competition is discouraged, and often
Mega-corps like Monsanto, Procter+Gamble, and the like come around and completely change how entire markets work. Monsanto literally owns any seeds
that are even accidentally sprayed with their patented poison. To be able to monopolize the very food we eat, the medication we take to try to keep
our health ( Which is going downhill because of the food situation ) Big Pharma and Big Agriculture loves being cozy with the government - To have
control over the USDA and FDA works out extremely well for them - Looking into herbal and alternative healing that does not have terrible side effects
is taboo at the least, illegal in other cases.
Data becomes manipulated, falsified, and otherwise misconstrued in the name of profits and propaganda. We can no longer trust data that comes from the
government, nor business because they are all in it together, and partisanship and profits now rule the people, not freedom and truth. Senators,
Presidents, Congressman, etc all become puppets for corporations - Just look at how much money is poured into elections every year, and realize that
this is not any form of philanthropy, and is not in the name of truly free-enterprise or capitalism.
This is where I advocate for a different system altogether. I believe that the government should be much smaller on the federal level, and that states
should have more control over their own territories. I also believe that the market should be designed, possibly even controlled in a manner that
discourages and perhaps makes impossible the practices that corporations have become so comfortable with these days. Small business should be propped
up, supported, encouraged, etc, while large corporations should be scrutinized, watched over, suspected, taxed, etc.
While this is a rather large regulation in one aspect, I really believe it would have overall positive effects on the people, the economy, the nation
as a whole. I believe it's also the more realistic way to ensure that freedom keeps on the truest path that it can. I've advocated for other systems
in which consumers become responsible, knowledgeable, and the free market is less regulated - But that's how we got here in the first place. Someone
made too much money, the government and corporations got really cozy, and we came up with all the messes we have today.
What do you think, fellow ATS members?
edit on 7-2-2017 by deadlyhope because: (no reason given)