The reason capital continues to concentrate in the largest capitalized countries in spite of the law of diminishing returns, is because size gives the enterprise an outsized role in policy.

Like in the "nifty fifty" era, in a time of low returns and marginal business opportunities, access to the state can be the difference between continued viability and failure.

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You should adjust for inflation. I don't think it would change the conclusion dramatically but the numbers of small-cap vs large-cap companies would surely change.

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If you believe, as I do, that the WEF/DOD/WHO globally synchronized "plandemic" was, in fact, an act of war, it would imply that these financial behemoths are in fact operating as a transnational quasi-state, as they seem to want to impose the Chinese techno-tyranny of social credit system and global CBDC on the world; implementing the old Rockefeller dream of one world government.

Berezovsky once said that his best investments were in politicians. Republics are especially subject to abuse if there are no controls on election spending. Martin Armstrong has called them the most corruptible form of government. Most politicians in the West seem transparently bought and paid for by the WEF, mindlessly supporting its agenda (it was lockdowns and "build back better"; now it's vax passports).

There is a serious bootstrapping problem in effecting election financing reform. Perhaps some Swiss-like form of referenda on major issues like going to war might be a short cut, as, with or without election financing laws, bribes can and will be paid.

Finally, my take on Elon Musk is that he recognizes that an ID is not the mark of the beast (we already have IDs), nor is digital money (I rarely use cash, accumulating points on every transaction trying to squeeze the financial grifters as much as possible). But having to share your vaccination status to transact is not okay. In my state we passed a law "ensuring government entities cannot force private businesses to institute COVID-19 mandates and private businesses cannot take action against unvaccinated employees nor compel an employee or visitor to show proof of vaccination." This cut corporate fascism off at the ankles and should be the case everywhere except for special travel circumstances.

Elon recognizes that beyond property rights, freedom of speech and thought are critical ingredients of successful capitalism.

I wish him luck keeping Twitter in business! He is going to need advertisers.

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