To workers I’m just another drone
To Ma Bell I’m just another phone
I’m just another statistic on a sheet
To teachers I’m just another child
To IRS I’m just another file
I’m just another consensus on the street …
~ Bob Seger
I have seen every Super Bowl ever played. I remember the empty stands at Super Bowl I in the Los Angeles Coliseum. But this year’s Super Bowl made me feel more a serf than an American.
Quietly, over the past three decades, American business has been part of a massive, silent takeover that has seen over half of American book publishing ownership move overseas, dozens of banks merged into a mere handful, the chocolate industry virtually taken over by Nestlé of Switzerland, and companies vanishing even as the labels remain the same.