Nothing steams my gurdle more than Apple. Most recently, Apple has decided to file suit against HTC:
Apple has proven, time and time again, that it is not shy about dragging its competitors before the ITC over patent disputes. And, while its fellow smartphone makers have never held back from defending themselves, HTC’s general counsel Grace Lei had some particularly pointed words for Jobs and co. regarding Cupertino’s latest volley of suits. In a statement Lei said that, “HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market.”
Apple is pure, unadulterated evil. Instead of competing like a normal business, they are using their resources to sue their competitors. Apple wants a monopoly of the market. You can see it in their business model. If you’re reading this on a Macbook, iPhone, or iPod touch, every single part in that device is made by Apple. If you want to get any of them fixed, you have to go to an Apple store. If you want to sell an app on the market, you have to get it signed and approved by Apple, and you have to give them 30% of your revenue. Apple used to be the top-dog in smart phones, and now due to a freer market they are having to compete. This displeases their soul-sucking, baby-seal clubbing Board of Directors. So, instead of innovating and making a better product (or, hell, even a different product), they run to the government.
However, while I believe Apple is the worst corporation out there, I feel sometimes like I can’t blame it entirely. It’s just a company doing exactly what it was intended to do: make money. It’s not Apple’s fault that, apparently, the best way to do that is to use government regulation and rules to screw over competition. Whose fault is that? Oh, that’s right, the government’s.
Let’s get serious about this here for a second. If you are a person who truly wants to see the end of big corporations, you need to seek the end of big government first. First and foremost, the definition of a corporation is entirely legal, put forth by the government. If not for the government, corporations wouldn’t exist.
Taking that a step further, almost all regulations, requirements, and laws put forth about business and corporations are meant to protect big businesses, not mitigate them. They often are lobbied by the businesses, to the government, and the government goes along with it because it’s an aggregation of power for them. Meanwhile, they sell the idea to voters under the guise of “protection.”
Take, for instance, medical licensing. Imagine if you are a doctor who has spent a large amount of time and energy building up a clinic or a hospital. Because of the resources that go into your business, you have to charge your customers $700 per visit (let’s assume no insurance). They are okay with this because you’re the only good doctor, and you have a 75% success rate in treating or curing your patients.
But along comes me, a Druid Natural Healing practitioner, and I set up shop across town. Because I use natural herbs, meditation, and energy work to heal people, my costs are much lower. This alone will steal competition from you. But if I have a success rate of 80-90% with my patients, you had better bet my business will be more successful!
In a free market, there is no other option for you but to innovate or go out of business. BUT when government is there and has the power to regulate commerce, what do you do? You go to them, or a lobbying group. You decry how my methods are unsafe. You say there is only one real way to treat people — your way. Anything else is misguided, manipulative, and dangerous. Scare enough people, they’ll get behind you. And sooner or later your problem is solved.
This is exactly what Apple does. The more they can shut down competition, the bigger they get. The bigger they get, the less quality their products have. Soon enough, they have a de facto monopoly of the market and they make money without any effort.
Capitalists hate capitalism. Capitalists love big government. They are inexorably linked, and you almost can’t bring down the former without the latter.
Do you agree or disagree? Do you think the government is truly effective in bringing down the size and power of corporations?