Re: @Trevor_Pott: What have you been smoking?
trev, you don't know what a monopoly is do you? its regulation in favour of a firm or a number of firms,
social democracy is merely 50%+1 might is right. how does social democracy restain monopoly ? it can't because it hates heresy or choices. How does it drive margins down? by limiting choice and veriation, if the customer is allowed it at all.
Globalization, zero regulation by the state are postive boon IMHO and the last is problem caused by the state's monopoly over money and the financiers utilizing that monopoly to their own advantage.