These 11 Companies Control Everything You Buy
One of the biggest myths with regard to American politics is the idea that political and economic matters are a battle between business and government. Often for many government is seen as a champion of "the people", while business is evil. The 2 clash and that is the great and epic struggle.
This myth is dangerous. Business and government don't oppose each other, they ENABLE each other.
Guess what? No one benefits more from food stamps more than the food corporations. (There's a reason one can buy soda in most states with food stamps.) No one benefits from crop subsidies like Big Agriculture. No one benefits from defense spending like the defense contrators. No one benefits from drug laws like the prison companies. No one benefits more from the FDA than Big Pharma.
This is the reality. But many people refuse to see the crony system for what it is. Big government plus big business (and other private interests) run a big crony capitalist system. The connected get rich, the tax payers are farmed, the peasantry is thrown crumbs.
The rapid rise of variation in everyday goods and services, from which cereal we eat in the morning to which toothpaste we brush our teeth with at night, gives the perception of unlimited choice. For example, if you’re deciding which bottled water to buy, the possibilities range from budget brands, like Deer Park or Ozarka, to higher-end options, like Perrier or S. Pellegrino. But this appearance of choice is actually manufactured. All of the aforementioned brands are owned by one company: Nestle.
Despite the amount of choices in the consumer market, several big companies own a large majority of major brands, effectively controlling everything you buy.
So, how much of “choice” is really controlled by big business, and how well do Americans understand which corporations have a stake in the goods and services they rely on every day? To find out, we took an in-depth look at the major companies that own a majority of America’s food and consumer goods. Then, we surveyed 3,000 Americans about their understanding of which big businesses own which major brands.