“Big” vs. BIG

At National Review Online, 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.

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?