Anything Can Be Controlled By Distribution
There are checks and balances, sure, but some things don’t slip through the cracks.
By “Anything” I mean commodities, styles, ideas, propaganda, music, patriotism, attitude, consumer trends, news, entertainment, programs, etc.
I will give you two examples that I have personally seen and experienced;
First example is from the early 1970’s and my band was playing a booking in a South Sioux City, Nebraska bowling alley. I wonder if that Colorado booking agency still exists? Or, did Gail McConkey book this one? I guess it doesn’t matter to this story.
There was horse racing across the river in Sioux City Iowa and for some reason, the trainers and handlers were part of our audience nightly. One of the stable crew invited us to the track and gave us a list of the horses to bet on and the positions they would win.
Afterwards, when most of his picks for the race were spot on correct, I asked him how he knew. He explained that it was all about changing shoes on the horses in ways that, over time, would keep them as an ‘also ran’, until the odds were high enough to re-shoe them so they could be winners. This was a distribution of weights, but a very effective use of distribution.
The next example is here in Redding, California where I have lived for more than 10 years. It has to do with the variety of food products.
I try to find things to eat that provide a pleasing experience, is kind to my gut biome and affects the rest of me in good ways. For the first few years, it was a delightful process to discover new foods and drinks. Every store had some items that were exclusive and generally organic, vegetarian, or natural. I found an organic milk in returnable glass bottles, that tasted just like fresh delivered milk in the 1950’s. I found shampoos, frozen entrees and fresh produce that rocked my world.
Then things changed. United Distributors took over Redding and the small business brands, and truckers who distributed them were pushed out of Redding. I wrote to the Straus Family Creamery and asked where I could go to get their delicious milk and found that I would have to drive more than 100 miles from Redding just to get a bottle of milk. They were very nice and sent me some coupons for their products, should I go somewhere where they were available.
In the years since, I have watched the remaining food products that used to be comfortable eating become infected by incorporation and quality ingredients changed to less expensive junk that does not please my taste buds or biome. Michael Angelo’s Vegetable Lasagna, I’m talking about you.
Once a company becomes a corporation, the product suffers, costs are cut, faithful employees removed and the Brand becomes a poker chip in the Wall Street Casino.
I like to think there is promise of corrections and return to commercial stability and a time when education is boundless, broad, founded on historic fact and open to new methods of solving problems. Perhaps this New Year 2019 will be the one where kindness and attention to good quality will return to this crazy corporate controlled world. The path of oblivion on which we are currently marching will be the end of us all.
Will the new progressive members of congress save us from the abyss?
The world is counting on it.
Happy New Year