Czar said:Remember Terry, in a purely capitalist society, the government would not get involved one way or another. Completely lasseiz-faire, and guess what would happen. TRADE GUILDS AND UNIONS! Why do you defend the right of monopolies to economically crush their competetitors but refuse the managers of "labor" to do the same? What makes labor different from any other resource needed for economic production? The government DOES get involved at the behest of their oligarchal comrades and tries to send in the army, or breaks up the union, or orders folks back to work because the resource is nationally vital. So the unions need to be strong and solid
The consumer can decide NOT to spend money on a product or service. When that happens the business or industry is brought to its knees. No consumer is obligated to buy anything that is overpriced or shoddy. Nor does the consumer have a "right" to consume.
Humans are examples of survival of the fittest. We are a kind of monopoly on the animal kingdom. By virtue of our minds, our intellect, our long range planning and technology we dominate the Earth. That is how nature itself is.
There can be no coercive monopoly without the intereference of government! Government intervention barrs competitors from doing what competitors do: COMPETE! Tariffs are anti-capitalism. Regulations, subsidies, franchises and tariffs are examples of stopping competition from bringing down the "big guys".
Without government assistance, it is impossible for a would-be monopolist to set and maintain his prices and production policies independant of the rest of the economy. That is why we need PURE CAPITALISM. You are actually describing the faults of our MIXED-ECONOMY.
A MIXED ECONOMY is rule by pressure groups. It is an amoral, institutionalized civil war of special interests and lobbies, all fighting to seize momentary control of the legislative machinery, to extort some special privilege at one another's expense by an ACT OF GOVERNMENT; i.e.-by force of bad law.
Your complaints are spot on and justified; but, not the target. Your target is the Mixed Economy.