“Big” vs. BIG

Over at National Review, Kevin Williamson writes:

One of the things about Big Business that provokes skepticism and hostility is just plain bigness, the sometimes incomprehensible scale of modern multinational enterprises.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-business-of-bigness/

Well, there is “Big” and there is BIG. Compare these two enterprises:

  • Microsoft: 2018 revenue = $110 billion
  • U.S. Government: 2018 revenue = $3,340 billion (that’s $3.34 trillion)

So government is 30 times larger than one of the world’s tech giants. Another way to look at it is that Microsoft amounts to 3.3% of the government.

If “Big” business warrants skepticism and hostility because of its incomprehensible scale, why should BIG government be perceived as so beneficent?