Now, mind you, I’m actually not fully criticizing Amazon / Walmart near monopolizations ENTIRELY because they fulfil a quasi-government function of supplying many basic product needs for citizens at attainable price points.
That is to say, they are SO BIG, nobody would see anything different if the Federal govt took them over but did everything the same as they do it now. They’re not competing anymore, not really but they’re MOSTLY not excessive yet.
But they could be.
The fact that we get to support the owner’s toy rocketship company is a bizarre side-effect of the American way of doing Capitalists but whatever.
I don’t know if a village mom+pop situation is even at all possible anymore with the high cost of commercial real estate and medium sized businesses (500-1000 are now being pushed out at a rate than the small businesses (50-500) were a few years ago.
Microbusinesses (1-49 employees) desperately need more support and the game of calling them “small businesses” when they received none of those benefits until there’s 50 employees or more has to stop…