> >> Have seen the movie "Rollerball", Lee?
Oh, all right. I'll answer. Yes, I did see the movie
but it was a very long time ago. I agree with Chris
Hibbert who writes
> As I recall, this movie was a work of fiction. If this
> is the best argument for the existence and danger of
> monopoly, I don't think I'll need to say much more.
Now sometimes certain "examples", even fictional ones,
are mind-expanding. But they don't replace argument, of
course. Actually, come to think of it, their chief role
concerning issues is as propaganda, e.g., "Atlas Shrugged",
"To Kill a Mockingbird", "The Grapes of Wrath",
"Inherit the Wind", and "Seven Days in May".
To the question, "can I imagine a few corporations getting
so much 'power' that it would be undesireable", the answer
is yes. If we exclude the present case of corporations
having real power solely through governments---via the men,
guns, and badges that belong to governments---then all that
I can imagine is a set of corporations whose holdings are so
vast that they can be said to own everything: my land, my
house, and my computer equipment. I will go on record as
opposing corporations becoming that "powerful".
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