Back in the dear dead days of (not so)long ago, when we in the US didn’t live with organized street violence, and we looked with horror over the border at Mexico, I remember reading that the big drug cartels were tolerant, even encouraging, of the Mexican government’s occasional targeting of the smaller such cartels. Eliminating small independent start-up competitors only made it easier for the big cartels —so big the govt would never take them on, so big they had in fact comfortably infiltrated the govt — to consolidate and increase their power.
This is analogous to what we’ve seen in 2020. It was not the corporate retail giants who were locked down. Walmart, CVS, Home Depot, McDonald’s— those were the only places we could shop.
And this explains why “Big business” in the US is so Leftist. It’s great for them if independent restauranteurs , and any other independent shopkeeperS, are shuttered, and then pilloried as ignorant rednecks when they do dare to try to reopen.
And now, the Left is cautiously optimistic again, and the big businesses can dare to hope that “re-opening” was, after all, an ill-advised and precipitous error. Covid on the rise again! (Although deaths aren’t, which is the outcome we should all be hoping for: let the virus proliferate, in the process of which it will become less virulent, and immunity more widespread.) It won’t be long now, till we see glossy ads ordering us back to the convalescent home, with the corporate giants reassuring us that’s it’s ok, they forgive us our impetuosity, and they’ll “help”—again.
Did it ever make any sense, in terms of disease control, to force everybody into the big box stores?
And this corporate anti-small-business philosophy is presently combined with actual physical destruction of independent shops all over Main Street USA : if the lockdown (and now, Possibly lockdown redux, after those businesses have just re-stocked) somehow failed to finish them off, we’ve got mobs ready to burn ‘n’ pillage. Why not? These small shopkeepers are all exploitative capitalists anyway, right? Yea, verily, nod the corporate colossi.
I keep replaying on endless loop a line one of my favorite arias from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor:
Vorrei piangere, ma non posso: m’abbandona il pianto ancor’ !
(I want to weep but I can’t: even tears have abandoned me. )