Dear friends, Happy Holiday Season! I meant to write something earlier to thank you all for sending me the energy and feedback, your support and kindred spirit means a lot to me.
In the aftermath of Uranus to Pluto first quarter square, with Pluto in Capricorn (the sign of big business, government and social structure/system, accountability and self-discipline) and Uranus about to leave Aries (the sign of adventure, self-discovery and freedom) entering into Taurus (the sign of introspection, preservation, self sustainment), collectively we all have a lot to catch up in our evolutionary work: to address inner weakness, to question who we are, and maybe think about the meaning of our existence. With such a long tally of list, my attention was scattered into too many directions that I was lost somehow. Please pardon my non-responsiveness meanwhile.
After complaining so much about President Trump’s work, we want to give him big applause of encouragement for all the efforts he and his team put into work against tremendous adversity. We surely are in a time of big crisis, but also a huge opportunity for betterment if we have the courage to confront our problems. Of course the voters may not fully understand our rations for certain decisions and the incurred collective burdens we have to put up with, hopefully as media do more and more coverage like the difference two degree made in climate change, and something like this (plastics found in human food chain), more and more awareness will spread to the public the urgency to take measures, and each individual’s ability to make a difference in this transition. The adjustment is not without some sacrifice and hardship, but if we are aiming at our long term improvement, if we are shooting for fundamental changes instead of putting on bandage, if we are earnest determine to fight the pollution to achieve self-purification, the long term benefits will definitely outweigh short term gains.
Changes are in the wind. I just read a piece of news that General Motor is changing its strategy to produce more battery powered cars, cut the cars production, which will lead to less emissions of carbon dioxide. This is exciting that there is good sign we are finally starting to address global warming issues. Off course, there are substantial workers get laid off in this process, but there is a saying, when a door closed, another door will be opened. Who is to say this won’t be a blessing in disguise for these workers? Trust in universe’ message that humanity will prosper when we live in harmony with Heaven and Earth.
Another interesting news shed the light of our progressive movement towards fairness and equality: the Supreme Court heard a potentially significant antitrust case decide whether Apple company can be sued for using its monopoly power over its iPhones to profit from the sale of apps. From the article, sound like the supreme court judges have a consensus opinions of Apple company’s substantial monopoly power.
With the traditional retail business switches towards internet transaction, a small handful of companies hold tremendous power to setting price of the goods, arbitrating the market participants and dominate public sentiments. A lot of small business got squeezed out in the process.
What is monopoly power? According to this article, the term “monopoly power” refers to a substantial degree of market power that enables a firm, acting unilaterally, profitably to maintain price above the competitive level or to produce other market-level effects for a significant period of time.
To begin with, the monopoly power requirement provides a useful screen for identifying firms capable of causing competitive harm through their single-firm conduct. It is only when the firm has sufficient market power that exclusionary conduct can have an anticompetitive effect on the market and consumers by, inter alia, decreasing output, raising price, or reducing innovation. Stated differently, “Behavior that might otherwise not be of concern to the antitrust laws—or that might even be viewed as procompetitive—can take on exclusionary connotations when practiced by a monopolist.”
Judging from the above definition, aren’t we seeing several big name high tech companies fitting the bill? Of course, they may use the huge profits to launch satellite to go to Mars, or get into some self-claimed non-profit venture. But if the money is extract from public through unfair practice, shouldn’t public have sayings/votes on projects like going to Mars?
These are matter regarding the philosophy/understandings of how we are going to govern common goods while balance out rewards to individual incentive in inventions/contributions. If we evaluate self actualization as highest form of happiness, collectively, shouldn’t we continue to address issues that help improve the function of democracy and social harmony?