I was reading a G.K Chesterton quote the other day '“The problem with capitalism is there are too few capitalists.”
That's the thing, all the capital is gathered in the hands of the few while the rest of us are wage slaves.
I, myself, never- ever - felt like a wage slave. I've been grateful to any company that built themselves to a point where they could employ me and pay me and give me a place to provide for myself in return for the effort I gave, which we all know is vital to the human psyche and spirit. I didn't like every job equally, but I knew I was, in the end, beholden to none of them, and that I was perfectly free to go out and try it on my own.
The only way one is made to feel like a wage slave is if they choose to or allow themselves to be made to feel that way. Some people are grateful for what they have, and some are bitter for what they don’t. That’s within the nature of being human.
The opportunity to gain the kind of life you want exists the same as it did for the giants when they were just starting and weren't having anything handed to them. Yes, some come from more advantageous circumstances. Well, good for them. If they don't waste it and they achieve something that benefits others, well, great!!! Let's applaud them. Some are better at what they do than others, and if you don't play to win, you will lose, and if a company shuts its doors, everyone loses.
I understand economies of scale, but nothing keeps me from finding a way to earn the living and gain the life that I want. And if I choose to try to compete with the big players, I can do so. It's not easy to break in and, if I do, I have to be good enough to hang, but no one owes me anything, and I begrudge no one anything. But that’s just my outlook on life. I’m happy for what I have, and I waste not one minute worrying about what someone else has. If they get it illegally, then, yes, they should be punished. If they are greedy, well, that’s them and their own cross to bear. Remember, I'm in the same world, the same system, as everyone else here, and I see the playing field. I know it's not easy. Should I allow myself to be convinced that my fate is not in my own hands? Should I allow myself to become yet another grumbling, disgruntled wage slave?
A business is like a person, some treat you better than others. If you don't like one, go to another. If you don't like your station in life, do something about it. But, we all have to be honest in our own self-assessments. I can’t do what Springsteen does, as much as I would love to. I can’t do what Bill Gates does, as much as I would like to have his success (I’d rather be able to do what Springsteen does!). In the end, I have to be honest with myself and act accordingly.