Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
I for one still believe in free market economics and sound money. The problem is we don't have a free market or sound money. We have paper fiat money controlled by central banks and those who control the wealth also control the businesses. Product diversity and business competition is dying off in many industries because these power brokers who control the financial landscape are merging and centralizing all their businesses for total market dominance. Just look at the history of oil companies, or media companies, or banking and financial companies. Slowly but surely the biggest players have merged into huge conglomerates. There's no damn competition left for these people, they own everything and they control everything. That is not capitalism friends, it's the same type of centralization seen in socialism, the only difference is that banks and corporations have all the power instead of the Government.
There is an entire business strategy about finding something that a corporation would find attractive, then selling it to them. People do it with domains all the time. They also do it with small time inventors (a "middle man" that locates an invention, then brokers a deal, right on down to the actual "head hunter" who is used to farm out "talent" research).
Look at all the formerly "alternative" news sites. The internet became far, far less "free" after they were bought up by the major corporations.