Business is not inherently less wasteful than government. I know the myth, but the truth is, business is has plenty of inefficiencies. Those who take what they want do pretty well for themselves, but perhaps not as well as those who have everything handed to them.
There is a saying in business, “The best man for the job,” which of course means that business doesn’t discriminate at all, it is a completely egalitarian, merit-based system where the strong survive and thrive. At least, that’s the sub-text, the implied fantasy.
Every year, those in the American nobility die and leave borderless kingdoms to their spoiled children. It happens so often that we have come to expect it. For some reason, it never dawns on most people that there is something inherently wrong with this.
I’m not talking about the local plumbing supply store owner handing the keys to his son, either. Pick up a Forbes when it publishes one of its lists of the wealthiest people. Look them up, one by one, and see how many of them earned their place, and consider the implications for the dozens who didn’t.
I am always perplexed by Anarchists. I think their polar ideological opposite is the communist, because communists see private enterprise as corrupt, therefore it must be abolished completely. I’m not a communist, and I’m clearly not an anarchist. Instead, I see both systems as being necessary for keeping the other in check so that the rest of us can just live.
If government doesn’t have business to regulate… well, just look at communist countries. They put a microscope on every single person, and the populace is subjected to impossibly harsh scrutiny. And in countries where private interests have control, like America, the citizens are subjected to a PR campaign that glosses over the abuse and leaves us wanting more, more, more.
In neither instance does the population have recourse. The system is strongest when citizens acting as customers and voters are allowed to freely choose what they feel is best for them.
But how does this solve the problem of nepotism? Perhaps the internal workings of business would work better if the employees voted for who ran the company. Maybe it’s time democracy penetrated the last stronghold of aristocracy.