The biggest and most important thing in capitalism is competition. Howeve everyday competition seems to be disappearing. Wal Mart is going full speed ahead. It's competitors seem to be disappearing or failing (K-Mart, Caldors). When we want an Operating System for our computer we either get a PC or a Macintosh. Most people get the PC because Macs don't have as much support from software and hardware companies. Most won't even consider Linux for the same reasons. The broadband industry. DirecTV DSL is gone. @home has been gone for a while. Smaller ISPs are getting eaten by the PacMan like big guys. The airline industry has been having problems ever since Sept 11th. Talk radio is almost completely dominated by a single company. AOL Time Warner, well just go to their corporate webpage, click on the list of stuff they own, and they speak for themselves. Our TV and newspapers are owned by the same companies. However I also feel that this is a time bomb that is just waiting to go off. You know the saying the bigger they are the harder they fall? Enron? Gone. MCI Worldcom? Bankrupt. AOL Time Warner recently gave Chairman Steve Case the golden handshake. Although the government might be trying to prevent all this from happening due to the way it could destabilize our economy, I'm wondering if this is simply our economy "resetting" itself. The big companies will fall and what will happen? We will get lots of little companies to fill the gaps left by them. You could argue that this might be a natural cycle. But what about the companies that continue to survive? What if we end up having to buy everything from WalMart?