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03 March, 2016

The real enemy of the small-medium businesses

by system failure

In previous articles, we have pointed some "logical leaps" that the establishment uses to force the individual to bypass a certain rational hierarchy in the political and ideological field.

In the era of destructive neoliberalism, similar practices are expanded in other fields too by the mainstream mouthpieces, in order to distort the reality and disorientate the public. A very simplified perception propagated by the mechanisms of the establishment, is that the state is the enemy of the private sector (generally), and that further taxes (generally) lead to further damage for the economy.

This general trend, was particularly profound in the Greece of crisis, the last five years. Since the beginning of the crisis, the bank-occupied mainstream media directed all the propaganda against the "bad" public sector, in order to hide the responsibilities of the bankers who have been bailed-out with billions, and the local oligarchs, who are still part of a corrupted system inside the country.

Neoliberal politicians both from the Popular Right, Social Democrats, and other minor neoliberal parties, as well as mainstream journalists and economists, were saying that businesses need tax reliefs in order to survive. Through this absolutely simplified and generalized everyday "brainwash", the mouthpieces of the system managed to unite all the range of the private sector (from the smallest business to the largest multinational) against the public sector “enemy”.

What these systemic servants didn't bother to specify, is that when they speak about tax reliefs, they mean exclusively the big corporations and multinationals in the name of "preserving jobs". Indeed, some of the policies imposed by Greece's troika creditors (IMF, ECB, European Commission), were directing the tax increases towards local small-medium businesses in order to eliminate them. The target was simple: to destroy every last sign of competition in favor of the big capital.

At the end of July 2015, WikiLeaks released a secret letter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP or TPPA) Ministerial Meeting in December 2013, along with a comprehensive expert analysis of the document.

The letter indicates a wide-ranging privatisation and globalisation strategy within the Agreement which aims to severely restrict "state-owned enterprises" (SOEs). Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales.

This revelation alone, proves that the real enemy of the small-medium businesses is the big corporations and multinationals. A well-functioning public sector, not only is not the enemy of the small-medium private sector, but instead, it can act as a protection shield against the onslaught of the multinational monsters.

Which means that small-medium business owners everywhere, and those who want to start a business in the sector, should demand a strong and well-functioning public sector, in order to be able to survive the competition against their real enemies.

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