The Class War is Over, and We Lost

redstallionFranchising is one part of a bigger picture.

Increasingly, it is more difficult for good people to do ignore this hollowing out. You make your choice by choosing to do nothing.

My brother-in-law Leo ran a gas station and then had a Red Stallion franchise. His dad ran the same 2-bay Sunoco garage in the east end of London, Ontario for decades.

When I was just starting into looking into franchising, about 10 years ago, Leo said something that I remembered when I watched the video below:

Franchising is just a part of the puzzle, Les. They’ve been screwing small businesspeople for years and years.

It’s like a lot of things” is what Gordon Pitts said this to my wife in 1998 when she called about franchising. Pitts is the  editor at The Globe and Mail newpaper, Canada’s national business daily.

Below is a video 9:43 video with Bill Moyers interviewing economist Dean Baker and journalist Bob Herbert. Dean is a frequent contributor to Beat the Press weblog where his comments seem ring true.

These are my impressions:

  1. Franchising is only one part of  an ongoing economic clear-cutting of non-elites.
  2. Predatory actions are the new American Dream, including small business lending.
  3. The media is not asking for solutions, they’re part of the problem (bias is not recognized).
  4. Listen to the nuns: chicanery happens when you neuter the watchdogs.
  5. Bailouts have zero accountability (paying out the elites who got us in this mess).
  6. Debt enslaves. Usury is a forgotten concept.
  7. Any collective impulse such as unions (or Independent Franchise Associations or national groups of IndFA) is ridiculed which maintains the elite’s control.
  8. Employers simply terminate troublemakers: It’s cheaper to drag it out for 2 to 3 years and pay a small fine, if anything at all. Ditto in franchising.

I never really thought about class warfare before.

  • I think about it a lot more lately.

2 Responses to The Class War is Over, and We Lost

  1. Carol Cross says:

    Thanks, Les Stewart, for the Bill Moyers interview —-and for your comments that are right on target. Bill Moyers, like you, is one of my heroes. We support PBS because of the “truth” they bring to the public. Hopefully, they will be able to continue to remain somewhat independent and free to bring the truth to the public.

    Collective bargaining is franchising does not exist, of course, and this is an intended consequence of the binding, boilerplate contract, that propspective franchisees sign in the US because of their faith that the government wouldn’t mandate disclosure and then allow the franchisor to sell them a pig in a poke, under cover of government regulation.

    When government and big corporations partner and the “rule of law” is promulgated to benefit the corporations, the “rich get rich” and “the poor get poorer” and “in the meantime, ain’t we got fun.”

    Strangely, there are middle class folks and upper middle class folks (some of my Republican friends) who buy into the scenario painted by some that it is the “poor folks” and the “Democrats” who caused the financial crisis we are in today and the Republican administration had nothing to do with the crisis in our financial markets and in the financial markets of the World.

    For this reason, I have to agree. The class war is over and we lost.


  2. Les Stewart says:

    It was Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. who said many wonderfully creative things. Two of them that keep me writing well beyond my abilities and as much as I can:

    1. Find a subject you care about and which you feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.

    2. What is the purpose of life? —— To be the eyes, and ears, and conscience of the creator of the universe; you fool.

    I can’t help myself but with a 3rd (substitute novel with blog):

    3. Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.


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