The Growing Issue of Big Business that Conservatives Must Face | Ethan Liddell

When conversing with Conservatives and those alike, we often hear about the wonders of business. Where it’s true that this country has so much to offer businesses, there is an issue creeping up from behind all of it. Businesses are becoming dangerously polarising and powerful, not only through the use of money, but through their weird obsession with left-wing ideology and left-wing groups. To the point where this freedom, growth, and opportunity is being taken away directly by these huge, multinational corporations. This is not to say that businesses themselves, or the heads of these businesses, can’t or won’t have opinions, but there is an issue about how large they are becoming along with the messages they are presenting. I will be focusing on the larger businesses and the issues with them, not smaller businesses as they don’t seem to present the same issues. 

First, business is business, I say this because these businesses do not actually care about your social justice, or your ideas for equality, or even your opinion at all, they want money. The main aims of any business are profits and growth, left-wing ideas and groups come across as appealing due to their rhetoric of “equality” and “acceptance,” leaving a perfect opportunity for large businesses to attach themselves to this. Throughout history, large businesses have proven to go for whatever is the most popular, profits and growth have no morals, if we lived in a society that massively supported racist, homophobic and sexist ideas, businesses would be right next to us if it meant they benefitted off those ideas. 

This is even made into jokes each year during pride month because large businesses change their profile pictures and post about their support of the LGBTQ+ community on social media, but this support seems to disappear for their branches in countries that largely do not accept the LGBTQ+ community, like in the Middle East and Russian branches. They would lose their profits due to the citizens of that country likely boycotting them, maybe even having to shut down because LGBTQ+ views and the general community are not accepted in those areas. Where these jokes are made each year, it perfectly proves my point about large businesses doing whatever is popular and not being genuine about their support. 

Another point I wish to make is that businesses believe in pushing their own agenda as if our country is a blank slate, in that they do not care about our flag, our history (unless it’s the negative side of course), or our citizens. It is not just me who thinks this, it has been proven that companies make the most relatable and vague content as a marketing strategy, but this “oversimplification is problematic.” It is not to cater to all out of kindness, it is a strategy to make more money and get everyone on board with their business and/or products. This is why their push for multiculturalism and left-wing views is wrong as not only do they not understand what they are advocating, but they also don’t have to deal with the consequences of the ideas they advocate for. 

Where I have previously said that businesses and the heads of businesses can still have whatever opinions they wish, there must be a balance as they should remember: they are not politicians, they are not educated in politics and they are not elected officials. It appears that businesses believe we should agree with their agenda just because we buy, or have bought from them, when normally the views they push have absolutely nothing to do with their business or its products. A perfect example of this is Ben and Jerry’s who have made it very clear what they think of Priti Patel and her politics. They are in the position they’re in and have the money that they have because they sell ice cream, not because they have committed themselves to helping others, not because they are highly educated in politics, and not because they were elected into office. They are free to have these opinions, but they are not free from criticism or being called out on their virtue signalling and clear lack of political knowledge.

I now wish to focus on my claim of their increasing power and why it’s an issue. In my eyes, large businesses are becoming more like mini-countries with more influence and money than many third-world countries. Why is this an issue? There are two key points: (1) external billion-dollar and trillion-dollar companies will not have our citizens’ best interest at heart and (2) while our population suffers under recessions and more recently with the coronavirus pandemic, the rich are adding billions onto their net worth. 

If external businesses can go into pretty much any country and control a huge section of the market straight away due to their already ungodly amounts of money and their continuous pandering to that population, that amount of control should be worrying to everyone. The head of a company you may have never even heard of has unprecedented amounts of political influence because of their money and can do as they wish in your country, which is an issue for the reasons I brought up at the beginning of the article. Making lots of money is not the issue for me and I would never call for a cap on income, like many on the left have, but the clear abuse of their positions to avoid tax is unacceptable. Even when tax is made lower for these large businesses, they refuse to pay, often putting governments in a situation where they risk losing out as the large businesses threaten to move elsewhere. I will be fair and say that there can be too much tax, if large businesses are struggling to survive due to too much tax, it is understandable that they would move, but not if they are only having to deal with a fair, or even small, amount of tax. 

Finally, smaller businesses pay their tax, they do not get a say on government decisions for businesses and taxes unless they come together, yet as we have seen from the coronavirus pandemic, they can make or break a high street, I know that many feel the same as trends like #buylocal (encouraging people to buy from local businesses) have massively increased in popularity. Also, I have personally noticed that smaller businesses tend to stay out of politics, with a lack of comments on social media or posters in their windows, as they understand that instead of trying to push an agenda they should focus on keeping their business alive. 

In conclusion, there are many issues with large businesses I have at the moment, like the unprecedented power, tax-dodging, over politicization of business, and their obsession with left-wing agendas. I understand the benefits of large businesses, like the jobs they create and the money they bring into the country, and I’m not ignoring that, but I still believe the problems I have mentioned in this article will only get worse and there must at least be more attention on these issues.

Quote: ‘These businesses do not actually care about your social justice, or your ideas for equality, or even your opinion at all, they want money.’

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