Why Libertarians Prefer Big Industry to Big Government

I consider the ability to steal and kill somewhat more threatening than the ability to offer me a free web browser or disrupt my dinnertime with a telemarketing call.

- Gene Healy

[Note to Kevin Carson: yes, it's a false dichotomy. Libertarians don't have any great love for Big Industry either, but I still think it's a funny quote]

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Big Industry is fine with me

Big Industry is fine with me in the absence of government.

We would never have anything

We would never have anything like the Big Industry we see today in the absence of government. The perverse incentives created by tax compliance alone create their own perverse economies of scale, all in unproductive activites. Ugh. What a huge waste of time and money. It makes me crazy!

Intuitively, it seems to me

Intuitively, it seems to me that regulation in the amount we have in the U.S. (less than many countries, but more than we should have) will tend to favor large firms over small ones, for two reasons:
(1) large companies can better afford to try to influence the legislative and regulatory processes to their advantage;
(2) large companies have more resources to devote to complying with regulation (though they may well also have a wider range of matters on which to comply).

I might be wrong in these statements, and if I'm right, then doubtless someone else has said it before and better.

That's exactly what I was

That's exactly what I was getting at, Chuck. Well said.

Qiwi, You beat me to

Qiwi,

You beat me to it.

Thanks for the plug, Micha.

I like this one, purportedly

I like this one, purportedly from Steve Gillard:

"The reason that some of us are more worried about government power than corporate power is that Coca Cola rarely strafes the villages of Pepsi drinkers."