Regulation as a ball and chain

I just came up with this metaphor/simile/analogy/whatever I damn well feel like calling it, for corporate regulation. Imagine corporations out roaming a common pasture. As they graze more they get bigger, and are capable of grazing faster. In order to slow down their destructive grazing we affix a regulatory ball and chain. The problem is that these are all the same size. As the megacorporations go the ball and chain is barely a hindrance to their movement (but they do get to complain about how tight the cuff is). The medium sized corporations see some real resistance from the ball and chain. The small corporations have two choices, they can either slip them and risk getting caught (but grow until they can drag them) or they can just graze in a tiny area around the ball and hope that they don’t starve to death as they go.


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Emerson White is a biology student working on post grad while doing private research on the side.
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