The Left’s Embrace of Amazon’s Corporatism Proves Haunting Power of Two-Party Paradigm

in business •  last year 

 Over the last two weeks, Donald Trump has made it his personal  mission to suddenly call out the corruption involving Jeff Bezos and the  United States government. Exactly why the president decided to get in a  pissing match with one of the most powerful, rich, and sinister men in  the history of the world remains unclear. However, it did shed some much  needed light on the corruption and corporatism surrounding Amazon and  Bezos. 

One would think that exposing a billion dollar monopoly and its  special privileges granted to it by the government which create unfair  advantages would be a welcomed notion, especially for the left who is  ostensibly opposed to such corruption. However, one would be wrong. Thanks to the mind-controlling power of the two-party paradigm,  corruption, illegal business practices, and state-granted monopolies  can be entirely ignored and dismissed even though there is overwhelming  evidence exposing it. 

It is no secret that Amazon has reached its monopoly-esque status  because of its cozy relationship with the United States government.  Because Amazon receives special privileges that are not available to all  business owners, they have an unfair advantage in the market which  allows them to easily snub out their competition who is forced to abide  by the rules. Although the left is opposed to such corruption, because  Donald Trump made Bezos his enemy, they are now embracing it. 

As Trump pointed out, albeit incorrectly, Amazon receives massive  subsidies from the United State Postal Service. As a recent analysis  from Citigroup points out, this deal with the USPS allows Amazon to  deliver packages far cheaper than anyone else and at a loss for the post  office. According to the report,  on average, parcels would cost $1.46 more to deliver without this  subsidy. 

Given the millions of Amazon packages delivered in the US on a  weekly basis, one does not need to do the exact math to realize the  unfair advantage this relationship gives Amazon. What’s more, the true  sinister nature of this deal may never be realized as the exact details  remain a secret. But that’s not all. Amazon uses government welfare to subsidize the pay of more than ten percent of their employees. 

A study by Policy Matters Ohio found  that more than 700 Amazon employees receive food stamps. This is more  than 10 percent of the tech giant’s 6,000-strong workforce in Ohio  alone. This same tactic is used by Walmart as a means of saving billions  in revenue by limiting hours and pay of employees and when Walmart did  it, the left was against it. But it appears to be acceptable now. 

Amazon has insidious relationships with state governments too. According to Good Jobs First, a non-profit that tracks state tax breaks, since 2000 Amazon has received $1.115 billion in 129 communities in the U.S., leaving the previous leader in this category, Walmart, in the dust. 

Amazon has an entire department devoted to seeking out these  government subsidies and under the guise of “creating jobs” — subsidized  by your tax dollars via welfare — the retail behemoth has managed to  make itself immune from property taxes as well: to the tune of hundreds  of millions of dollars. Bezos is currently worth around 120.5 billion dollars. 

If he took a  tiny pay cut and knocked his net worth down to a measly 120 billion,  none of his workers would need to be on welfare. But why would he do  that when he can use your tax dollars to subsidize his workforce and  keep thousands of employees in a constant state of poverty? Bezos is the definition of corporatism and crony-capitalism and prior  to this recent feud with Trump, the left would decry such practices.  

However, because their political “enemy” has brought some of this  corruption to light, the left is not only ignoring it, they are  defending it. Because Amazon is being exposed by the puppet on the right, the left  is defending it — because they are supposed to. In the football game  that is the US political system, citizens only care if their team is  winning–not how they play the game. But what most Americans fail to see is that both ‘teams’ have the  same owner. 

That owner cares not about which one of their teams is  ‘winning,’ just so long as its one of their teams in the game. This ‘owner’ of the teams is not a single person, nor a single  corporation, or focus group, or think tank. As Bezos illustrates, the  owners can be anyone. The US political system is set up in such a manner that it allows for  anyone with enough money to steer policy that benefits them personally.  

Politicians are hardly particular when it comes to who’s throwing money  at them, so ownership is constantly in a state of flux. To show just how much of a rigged football game it is, we need only look at Trump calling out Bezos on the postal ordeal — while remaining entirely silent on Amazon’s malevolent partnership with the military industrial complex.  In 2014, Amazon formed a partnership with the CIA worth over $600  million.

 Since then, the contract has been renewed and has grown,  enormously. What’s more, Amazon is the front runner for a lucrative $10 billion deal with the Pentagon and not only is Trump remaining  neutral in this deal, but the White House went out of its way last week  to note that “President [Trump] is not involved in the process,” adding  that the “[Defense Department] runs a competitive bidding process.”

 The feud on the surface is merely a distraction as the  military-industrial complex and war machine march on behind the scenes.  All the while, the American people are being conditioned — using the  two-party paradigm — to accept corruption, corporatism, and war, just so  long as it’s left or right. Ingsoc would be proud, indeed. 


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