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    Big Business Mergers

    Pretty straight forward poll. Are you generally for or against large corporate merger/acquisitions?


    What are some of your reasons? What should be done if anything?


    With the recent announcement of a couple planned large mergers/acquisitions I thought I would ask how others feel about it. Personally I feel that these mega corporations are an overall negative presence that only help propel the wealth disparity that we have in the US today not to mention limit choice for the consumer and also give these companies more leverage when pushing for political changes that generally are not in the best interest for your average people but instead are about the businesses profits.

    I more closely fit the libertarian outlook on most issues but one area where we disagree is that I believe that if we were able to achieve a truely free market that these issues would only expand and excel (not that it isnt a problem already imo). I feel limits need to be in place or eventually we may end up with a elite ruling class that hold all the wealth and the general population are simply peasants in the system. I understand that many people do not like the idea of their potential wealth being handicapped and they believe that anything that they are able to achieve should never be limited by government/others, but at what point would these people say ok enough is enough? Lets use this extreme example to make my case. What if in 50 years the top 10 corporations or their owners held 95% of the private property in the the United states. Would that be to much? or should these businesses/people be able to own all they were able to afford? What would be a reasonable solution so that this could not occur? Or is it ok if it does happen?

    I have mulled this dilima around for many years and have not come up with a perfect solution to what I consider an ever growing problem. Let me have your thoughts and ideas please.

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    Re: Big Business Mergers

    I am for them until that merger will make the resulting company have more than 50% of the market share.

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    Re: Big Business Mergers

    against. i am for increased competition, and the elimination of TBTF.

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    Re: Big Business Mergers

    Reducing competition is bad.
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    Re: Big Business Mergers

    History has shown us when large companies or corporation merge or buy out another company, quality control falls and an inferior product or service is produced.

    When a company who takes over another company who is in a completely different business, it's even worst.

    Remember Microsoft and NBC ? What was the end game ? MSNBC and a branch of the Democrat Party. What did Microsoft know about the television business ? Nothing.

    What did Procter and Gamble know about razor blades when they acquired Gillette ? How many shaves to get with that Gillette razor blade today ?

    Sony manufactured TV's, what did they know about making movies in Hollywood ? Look what we have to watch today.


    Then there's Google who on an average buys one company per week to eliminate competition.
    List of mergers and acquisitions by Google - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    In the end it really doesn't matter much what we think. Big business is almost always going to get what it wants.










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    Re: Big Business Mergers

    In general I'm against it. Reducing competition is rarely a good thing, and it risks letting businesses get too big to fail.
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    Re: Big Business Mergers

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Pretty straight forward poll. Are you generally for or against large corporate merger/acquisitions?


    What are some of your reasons? What should be done if anything?


    With the recent announcement of a couple planned large mergers/acquisitions I thought I would ask how others feel about it. Personally I feel that these mega corporations are an overall negative presence that only help propel the wealth disparity that we have in the US today not to mention limit choice for the consumer and also give these companies more leverage when pushing for political changes that generally are not in the best interest for your average people but instead are about the businesses profits.

    I more closely fit the libertarian outlook on most issues but one area where we disagree is that I believe that if we were able to achieve a truely free market that these issues would only expand and excel (not that it isnt a problem already imo). I feel limits need to be in place or eventually we may end up with a elite ruling class that hold all the wealth and the general population are simply peasants in the system. I understand that many people do not like the idea of their potential wealth being handicapped and they believe that anything that they are able to achieve should never be limited by government/others, but at what point would these people say ok enough is enough? Lets use this extreme example to make my case. What if in 50 years the top 10 corporations or their owners held 95% of the private property in the the United states. Would that be to much? or should these businesses/people be able to own all they were able to afford? What would be a reasonable solution so that this could not occur? Or is it ok if it does happen?

    I have mulled this dilima around for many years and have not come up with a perfect solution to what I consider an ever growing problem. Let me have your thoughts and ideas please.



    I am generally against them. I oppose monopolies and I oppose quasi monopolies and I do not think a company should be large enough that it's collapse will effect our economy.
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