Large Mansions

Capitalism is not monopoly.

Market problems today are a direct result of monopolies snuffing out competition. Widespread market successes two hundred years ago were a direct result of the markets back then being open to competition.

The United States flourished from small beginnings by acquiring more and more land and opening it up to be developed by people willing to pay reasonable taxes. The newborn U.S. offered poor people opportunity. People all over the world came and seized the opportunity to develop acres of their own land. That was capitalism - the protector of opportunity. It was a win for the people. It was a win for the country. It was a win for the world.

Capitalism makes it harder to build large mansions because competition increases supply and lowers demand. You can't make as much doing what used to work really well once everyone sees your success and starts copying. The popular solution is to buy out your competitors. If you can’t afford to, you partner with them. Or you sabotage them. You do whatever it takes to gain control of the market. Then you continue to do whatever it takes to maintain control. That is monopoly - the thief of opportunity. It is a win for the monopolist. It is a loss for the country. It is a loss for the world.

Government favoritism makes it easier to build large mansions because protection lowers supply and increases demand. You can earn more when the government makes what works really well for you harder to copy. But the more success you have the more protection you need. The popular solution is to buy out the politicians. If you can't afford to, you partner with them. Or you sabotage them. You do whatever it takes to gain control of the country. Then you continue to do whatever it takes to maintain control. That is communism - the absence of opportunity. It is a win for the monopolist. It is a loss for the country. It is a loss for the world.

The tale that capitalism is used in communist countries is classic propaganda. Venture capitalists seed corporations just like venture monopolists seed monopolies. But that doesn't turn monopoly into capitalism. There is not much unbridled capitalism left anywhere. Not even in America. Most of the competition has been eliminated by monopolies working together while pretending they are competing capitalists. Over the last century the word capitalism has been purposely and falsely associated with monopoly. There is little difference between monopolists pushing communism in a free country and monopolists who have been running a communist country for years. There is a world of difference between monopolies and corporations that draw the line at competitive business and refuse to intentionally enslave people.

Why do monopolies back racial equity and social justice? They’re a diversion. A politician pitching these consolation prizes is a sales rep, well-paid by monopolists trying to become dictators. The best sellers are the ones drinking the Kool-Aid (they're so sold they can’t see the downside themselves). It's sleight of hand: like bumping in to you to pick your pocket then accusing a passer-by of the theft. A call for equity and justice in the U.S. is an attack on what remains of the most successful form of government ever at providing liberty and justice for all: a wellspring of opportunity. But the way to take it over is to divide and conquer. And race and wealth have divided us more than anything else in U.S. history. As long as we are all in each other's faces, we won’t notice that monopolies are robbing us blind until the music stops.

The United States is run by monopolists. Illegally. The monopolists have broken so many laws to steal our opportunity that they don’t have two feet to stand on. A united people could put them behind bars by enforcing the laws on the books before those laws change. The thing that makes it seem so difficult is sensing reality through monopoly provided services - like the news. They portray capitalism (the solution) as monopoly (the problem). That way nobody dares use capitalism against them (their vulnerability). Almost everything is owned, operated or controlled by a monopolist. If it wasn’t before the shutdown it is now. The solution is to stop fighting each other, as they direct, and all join together to peacefully run our country through due process of law.

Compromise. Compromise. Compromise.

Two political monopolies currently run the U.S. together while pretending they’re competing. Control. Most capitalist candidates get weeded out before the primary on both sides at every level. Monopolist candidates running against each other are funded on both sides by monopolies with already written laws ready to be passed. This is government for the monopolies. Not the people. It is not compromise. It is winner-takes-all.

True compromise is government for the people. Nobody gets everything they want and everyone is unhappy about it. If legislators aren’t adding genuine capitalism back, they’re not compromising. They’re blaming monopoly caused problems on capitalism to hide the replacement of capitalism with monopoly. Which is easy to do when they refer to monopoly as capitalism when introduced. Then blame that "capitalism" years later after it monopolized exactly what they expected it to. Monopolists are a very small minority who have hijacked the majority on both sides of the aisle. True compromise removes the monopoly virus they spread, out of existing laws and rules. It doesn't add it. True compromise accepts a practical solution to the root cause of the problem. It dismantles all the monopolies and their government counterparts which threaten life, liberty and property and returns sovereignty to the people.

Monopolist legislators must wholeheartedly become capitalist legislators. Or capitalists must become legislators in place of monopolist legislators who refuse to abandon monopoly. Ditto for executives, administrators, officers and judges. The monopoly virus must be eradicated from early 20th century law to the present. Repealing the greater part of law passed this century along with the 16th and 17th amendments to the Constitution would be a start (repeal income tax and direct election of senators). The Constitution, without some of the additional amendments, is a true compromise. The capital stock and capital assets of all 12 monopolist Federal Reserve Banks and their facilitator bank counterparts must be brought into receivership. Missing assets transferred to the Bank for International Settlements or elsewhere since 1913 under the monopolist Federal Reserve System must be recovered. Legislators, executives, administrators, officers and judges must follow, uphold and enforce the Constitution and the law it authorizes, to achieve true compromise.

Compromise. Compromise. Compromise.

Imagine all of the opportunity that would be regained by true compromise. And the return of tens of trillions of dollars in ill-gotten gains confiscated from monopolies to make this the land of opportunity again. And other lands as well.

How come Microsoft was allowed to continue an Operating System monopoly at the turn of the century when the same anti-trust laws required Ma Bell to split into eight pieces 20 years earlier? Over time, monopolists convinced us to stop enforcing the laws on the books. So it’s no surprise that roughly six pieces of Ma Bell are merged back together again now in AT&T. After all, monopoly is a product of government. Capitalism destroys uncompetitive companies outside of government protection. By further allowing Microsoft’s illegitimate Office product to develop under its oversized wing, we paved the way for countless other monopolies to thrive. Yet Windows 10 was given away free to maintain control.

Amazon took over the book market before it became recognized as the everything store. Its path to home delivery dominance makes Microsoft look like it kept to a single market. Rock-bottom ebook prices and the Kindle were followed by Amazon Publishing. Likewise, Prime Video and Amazon Studios straddle both sides of the movie industry. The cash purchase of Whole Foods was followed by a foray into food service distribution. Amazon’s headquarters expansion to the Washington D.C. area must be to make it easier for Amazon to direct Congress. Monopolies need to rewrite select laws before those laws can be enforced against them. New laws and rules have progressively blocked opportunity by replacing capitalism with monopoly over the past century. Now that monopolists are openly trying to take over the world, once and for all, they maintain more control than ever before.

Google is search. If you can’t find something on Google it’s because it doesn’t want you to. Google broke itself into pieces when it changed its name to Alphabet and made some services sibling companies to its child self. Perhaps that was in preparation to drop the motto “don’t be evil.” But having a parent to handle acquisitions hasn’t altered how Google continues to benefit from the elimination of its emerging rivals. Monopolists take capitalism out of a market every time they claim to add it back in, but they never take protection out willingly. Capitalism naturally self-regulates: competition destroys monopolies. Monopoly self-regulation is government protected income. Capitalism means high-quality goods for low prices. Monopoly means low-quality goods for high prices. The supposed transfer of liability from the consumer to the producer is not worth the loss in quality. And free things can carry high hidden costs. Like search results being censored or favoring monopoly solutions.

What else do Amazon, Microsoft and Google have in common? The five trillion dollar cloud market: AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. The 21st century land rush is digital. But the U.S. is only offering true opportunity to the rich now. Not poor. New industries quickly get new regulations or rules as a barrier to entry to protect the wealthy from competition. Investor protection saves accredited investors from competition by blocking non-accredited investors from risk. U.S. patent law got its last update to openly favor the well-off in 2013. Dictators know that suffocation of innovation minimizes opportunity. Control is more important to them than the size of the pie. What is most important to you? Will you accept a job, check or right for your opportunity? How can you hope to stake a claim on the digital frontier next to an 800-pound gorilla? With your opportunity returned, you could stake a handsome claim. Opportunity is the essence of freedom. On the other hand, the promise of a job, check or right may not always be honored as a consolation prize after your loss of freedom. If socialism sounds good, it's the imitation of opportunity - a hope to escape from monopoly. But who is behind social or racial justice? Socialism is offered by monopolies as a mislabeled bridge to communism. It's false advertising. Monopolies are lying to take over and maintain control of our opportunity: the American dream.

If you want to be free, build large mansions with capitalism. Be willing to compete. Create value. Boycott monopolies. Don't support monopolists willing to enslave others for their own gain. Not even in China. Vices are out too. Addictions are a tool monopolists use to control us. As are hate and violence. And faux equity and justice. The most expensive thing, in the long run, is something for nothing. The way to end monopoly control is to stop allowing monopolies to control you. Be happy with less. Actively participate in party politics before the primary. But don't accept vote counts from monopolist devices. Help teach others things you’re good at and enjoy doing. Be productive with your time. Go to church and learn more about the source of opportunity. Form a community with those around you. Live and let live.

We don’t need false equity or justice from communism - proven to only enslave us. We need true opportunity from capitalism - proven to be able to free us.

Monopoly enslaves. Capitalism frees.