Modern politics is the winner-take-all brokering of interest exercise.
One interest group opposes another.
The winner doesn’t take “most” of the lawmakers attention: they get 100%. Those with the most gold, make all the rules.
The pretense of fairness is preserved through useless measures such as disclosure documents, toothless watchdogs and the illusion of private legal action.
- Franchisors and their supporters (Big Grocery, Oil and Auto, the franchise bar and bankers, etc.) are experts at influence peddling.
- Franchisees have never been and never will be a credibile threat in this arena (out-influence an auto assembler…right!!)
More disclosure just perpetuates the false sense of security. Relationship laws don’t work because the franchise bar’s monopoly is almost unassailable. Watchdogs such as the FTC and ACCC are quickly neutered and stay that way.
The only solution is prohibition until the industry offers a less toxic product.