A Duopoly a-la Aruba, in the wake of a Harvard Business School Report

We’ve had a few outrageous reports by the green machine lately, designed to inflame and divide us. You know what I am talking about, one part of our community stands firm behind one group, then the other part of our community digs in behind another.

The ‘why’ became totally clear to me when I recently read a Harvard Business School Report about duopolies. The article suggested that opposing political parties function in exactly the same way as other famous business duopolies:

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo (soda)

Frito-Lay and Pringles (snacks)

Boeing and Airbus (commercial aircraft)

MasterCard and Visa (credit cards)

The two similar yet on the surface opposing brands conquer and dominate the market – you take the left, I take the right – and by dividing the playing-field they prevent another THIRD player from walking in on their turf.

Duopoly is a business term when two firms have dominant or exclusive control over a market, but it apparently works in politics.

The Democrats and the Republicans

MEP and AVP

In the competition between these duopolies, they do now allow, and actually block, a third entity from coming in and growing in influence.

They preserve their rivalry, so that the attention remains on THEIR conflict, away from other friendlier options.

The market then offers ZERO alternative and NO new options.

They have all the power and they continue to outsmart and out-trick each other, to generate revenue, take care of their followers, and the MIDDLE remains neglected and ignored.

The middle gets ziltch, because by freezing the status quo and not seeking resolution to any of our challenges the Duopolies preserve their power, and we remain in limbo. Chronically dissatisfied.

This struggle between duopolies doesn’t serve the general public, it is of no benefit to the MIDDLE, and all structural faults remain.

On the other hand, the duopolies thrive, they get stronger, as they totally ignore their TRUE customers’ needs.

And that is how our political system is doing what it was designed to do: Preserve the STATUS QUO.

So in reality, it doesn’t matter who we vote for if the system is crazy.

 

 

 

 

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August 06, 2019
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