1. none of their people go to jail AND
2. they can outspend the media to maintain positive branding (aka “propaganda”)
Take this scenario, multiply it across tens of thousands of companies per year, shake and serve well chilled.
A company can pay lobbyists, do media campaigns, hire disinformation researchers, bribe officials legally and illegally. By doing this they gain concessions, access to resources, market share etc. worth 10 to 10 to the hundredth power their investment in such activities. Take this scenario, multiply it across tens of thousands of companies per year, shake and serve well chilled.
A company has no limits to growth and can use it’s wealth to reduce its tax burden to as close to zero as possible, while spending a fraction of its profits to buy public goodwill (or at least indifference). The effects of monopoly are thereby achieved without said company “actually” breaking anti-trust laws. Take this scenario, multiply it across tens of thousands of companies per year, shake and serve well chilled.
Every ten to thirty years, a recession/depression/whatever-you-want to call it, comes down the pike. Property values (of businesses, real estate, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement savings plans, virtually everything) plummet. The “value” of the investments (which translates to time worked, money, energy and effort) of the majority of the population disappears, and this population is then forced to sell these things to the 1/100th of 1% of the population that still has liquidity. In ten to thirty years, after the general population has somehow managed to struggle back to its feet and create more wealth, it’s time for another economic downturn. Wars (now becoming perpetual) + “crises” + an educational system whose main function is to create dumbed down passive individuals + a steady flow of illegal immigrants who further stretch a creaking infrastructure to the limit and beyond, further weaken the general population’s ability to act/legislate in its own interests. The concept of “class,” like the concept of “socialism” is demonized by the military-industrial complex. Take this scenario, multiply it across three centuries, read “The Power Elite,” by C.Wright Mills, take two aspirin. Call me in the morning.