No actually, I do not mean government. I mean business. Governments do not have to favor certain monopolies over others, in fact they can be used to destroy monopolies wherever they form, and for a short period of time after the sherman anti-trust act, it actually was used in such a way.
Business can absolutely and positively be used to remove ALL of your freedoms and reduce you to a slave and you have no choice in the matter. The fact that you do not believe that makes you incredibly niave of the workings of the world, so I'm going to assume you are some sheltered kid who has had life handed to him on a silver platter. Or at least a copper one. If you want an example of how businesses can do this, you need look no further than Pullman, who used their localized monopsony on labor to reduce their workers to slaves. They worked more and more hours every day for less and less money, and the company owned the land, housing, and food that the workers bought. Pullman then lowered wages to the point where the employees could no longer even afford the rents on the pullman housing or the food, even when working 20 hour days 7 days a week. This is just the best example and the closest to perfecting the method in history. Right now businesses have driven down the cost of labor to a small fraction of what it should be, and thanks to commodities speculation they have driven up the cost of living to the point where most Americans can no longer afford it. The actions of businesses and large companies have taken away my right to the fruits of my labor and yours to the point where without a college degree the average American has to work at least 80 hours a week just to pay the national average rent and electric, heat, and buy shitty food that will inevitably cause them to develop diabetes. You can pretend that is still freedom all you want, but it isn't, not in any way whatsoever.
Even in the best market conditions, even if government gave huge subsidies to small and new starting businesses, starting a new business to compete with any of the super-massive corporations out there today will fail. They have economies of scale, and barriars to entry are impossible for the average American. I can guarantee you beyond all reasonable doubt that any of the intelligent bottom 275 Million Americans on the income bracket, even if they had a perfect business plan, knew well what they were doing and had everything lined up to bring around massive profit, could ABSOLUTELY NEVER get started because the banks work for corporations. And the banks work for corporations for free market reasons, always have and always will in a free market. A government can help small business and hurt large ones, it does not inherently have to behave in the way you describe, whereas the markets will always inherently behave in the way I describe.
There is no competition in todays markets. This has nothing to do with the government. This is because corporations match each others services and prices so closely that there is no difference between shopping at one as opposed to the other. One of them can raise prices by a dollar or two, and the people who shop their won't notice or won't think it is worth the drive to the further away store. It is what is called by real economists an effective monopoly, which there is in every single large market in America right now. This is why home prices are so high, food prices are so high, everything is so expensive. You know the actual cost of producing enough food to feed 1000 Americans for a year? It is about 50 dollars. But the cost to Americans thanks to commodities trading and a lack of competition is more like 30000 dollars. And that is not pulling numbers out of my ass as you keep saying, those are valid figures.
Again, Barriers to entry are incredibly high even without any government at all, even with governments giving subsidies for the equipment required to start a business. Take microprocessors for example, for a set of the machines required to produce microprocessors of the 32 nanometer process, you are looking at a good 200 million dollars in startup costs, in JUST the cost of equipment, and I am lowballing it so you have nothing to bitch about. Barriers to entry are inherent facets of reality, and you anarchists always pretend that they are not. Well guess what, the free market can easily prevent everyone under the top five percent of wage earners from ever, ever having the ability to start a business, and it does.
You do not get it. Businesses will always maximize profits. The best way to maximize profits is to make your workers work more and get paid less, and raise prices. Luckily for businesses, thanks to their incredible size and the fact that the majority of Americans make far too little money to launch competing ventures, a polyopoly exists in which a few large businesses which are effectively one in the same exist and make decisions that are the same at the same time, they are really just one company for all intensive purposes. They can lay off lets say a third of their work force, and then force the other two thirds to pick up the slack for the same pay. In fact, because they have just increased local unemployment, they now have MORE determination over your wage, and can scare you into working for even less, by threatening to have you not working at all in a job market that won't have you. This is how a company like staples laid off more than half its workforce and boosted prices in a time when costs were shrinking at a massive rate and the company saw an increase in revenues of over 600 million dollars. This is how over the past 40 years as GDP increased by 34x average wages well. Not because the people didn't deserve it, but because business took away their income by sheer economic force.
Businesses enslave and it doesn't make them governments, they are still performing business transactions and they still exist solely for the purpose of profit. A government exists as the people tell it to, a business exists to make money at everyone's expense. What about that is so difficult for you fucking retarded douch-wagons to understand, it is really straight forward definitions.
In the entire eastern US, private banks own the vast majority of housing. Yes there are multiple banks, but banks monopolize specific geographical regions and do not sell all of the houses they own. Just as De'Beers does with diamonds, bank of America does with housing. By holding vast amounts of housing empty and off the market they drive down apparent supply, and then prices increase rapidly. The asset bubble was mostly because the price of housing was inflated by about 10x what is was fifty years prior, through massively increased housing production all over the nation, the banks could not keep buying housing, and incomes kept falling instead of rising over time as the banks predicted, due to the actions of other large corporations. The crash was ENTIRELY the fault of businesses pushing down on people, forcing their incomes lower and their prices higher. The same thing is true of cars, which drop in value by several thousand to their actual value as soon as they leave the car dealership lot, of food, which is being forced to incredibly high prices by commodities speculation on the free market. You completely lack a comprehension of the processes at work here, to an extent which is flat out scary.
Mandating that companies pay workers at least 60% of the value they add to a company would not cause unemployment. Because it is inextricably linked to how much a worker makes a company, businesses are bound to try to increase profits, and laying workers off just means less revenues that match the lessened costs. Instead it gives companies incentive to hire as many workers as possible. The more workers they have the more that 40% of income they get to exploit adds up. The more workers they fire, the less revenue they are left with able to steal from the workers. Instead of just laying off a third of your workers and then making the other 2/3 pick up the slack, you would then have to pay the remaining workers that much more, so it would not be profitable to do. It is all of the benefits of very high minimum wages without any of the drawbacks. Plus, is a man not entitled to the fruits of his labor? A corporation can use their monopsony on labor to force wages down to far too little to live on, and they absolutely will.
Also, Inflation is not something governments have to do. They do not have to inflate it. They only do because businesses are telling them to, and our current government is practically owned by big business. Businesses LOVE inflation. Because it means their workers at minimum wage can be paid a smaller part of the companies revenue every single day, and they get even higher profits.