At what point does accumulated capital make one "a king"?

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At what point does accumulated capital make one "a king"?

Postby Mossling on July 18th, 2017, 3:07 am 

Senator John Sherman, of the Sherman Antitrust Act, spoke the following words: "If we will not endure a king as a political power, we should not endure a king over the production, transportation and sale of any of the necessaries of life."

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And so what about when the wealth gap between rich and poor in society becomes so high that the wealthiest effectively have the means to create 'barriers to entry' for others to obtain "the necessaries" of life - perhaps examples would be the potential to campaign for the presidency, or special interest lobbying regarding the deregulating of certain harmful pollutants and their disposal, and other environmental hazards.

Should there be similar antitrust laws for monopolies of sorts on the socio-political powers that significantly higher wealth brings?

As has been discussed on another of my threads (How can Democracy avoid 'Special Interest'?), special interest seemes to be the no.1 enemy of democracy - how can competing democratic views 'enter the marketplace' if rich lobbyists - no matter privately or corporately wealthy - are effectively paying for barriers to entry to be set up?

Amazon is considered to be risking becoming "too big", for example:



How is Amazon so politically different nowadays from some of the richest individuals in the US?

AS the old adage goes: money talks, and special interest is as rife as ever.
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