Two big antitrust lawsuits: Microsoft and General Motors.
We all know about Microsoft
, but General Motors
' case is less famous, and possibly more damaging-to the environment
and society. In the 30s, 40s and 50s, trolley
lines were all over California, with easy, fast transport
to almost anywhere.
General Motors, obviously, did not like this state of affairs-no petrol
engines=no profit. So, GM started buying up these trolleys and tram lines, then ripped them up and poured kerosene
over the vehicles, either replacing the lines with GM-made buses
or not replacing them at all. This meant that if you wanted to move around in California
, you had to either buy a GM car, or use a GM bus...whoops, monopoly
The Government took antitrust
charges out against GM and a series of other companies involved, and fined these companies and GM $5000 each, and every executive concerned was fined $1.
$1 each. For destroying public transport
in a state.
The shitty things some companies do...
Fast Food Nation
by Eric Schlosser