Myth of Corporate Efficiency

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The Myth of Corporate Efficiency

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Why giant corporations are not more efficient than small businesses

The idea that big corporations are efficient while big government is inefficient is a glaring example of Orwellian doublethink. After all, a government is nothing more than a corporation with dominion over land; all the inefficiencies and corruptions that infect big government also infect big corporations. The the most fundamental difference is that government at least indulges in the pretense of being democratically controlled by those with whom it interacts.

We show that smaller businesses are far more efficient that big businesses, and would also be more profitable if our tax system was correlated to benefits received.


Family farms vs. corporate farms
Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc.
TV, radio and cell phones
Internet and software

Promoters of the myth

Corporate self-promotion
Big unions
Big government
Capitalist ideology
Socialist ideology

Land efficiency vs. labor efficiency

Big business more labor-efficient
Small business more land-efficient
Taxes favor labor-efficiency

Producing vs. distributing

Big business efficient producers
Small business efficient distributors
Transportation subsidies favor big businesses

Producing vs. promoting

Media monopoly favors big advertisers
Loss leaders and price games
Manipulating desires

Producing vs. monopolizing

Right-of-way monopolies
Patent monopolies
License monopolies
Land monopolies
Money, credit and debt

Producing vs. politicking

Political lobbying
Supplying "expert advice"
Funding civic organizations
"Noblesse oblige"

Clout vs. cooperation

Direction vs. cooperation
Vendor dependency
Access to big government
Intimidating small towns
Too big to be allowed to fail
Too big to be allowed to leave

Managers vs. owners

Top-heavy management
Looking good on paper
Corporate governments
Failure of democracy
Lack of human attributes

Fundamental remedies

End fictional personhood
Untax labor and exchange
Tax land, resources and pollution
End subsidies
Localize government

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