Let’s say that there’s an industry out there.
Let’s say that the annual revenue of this industry in the United States alone is about $13.3 billion dollars. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. That’s a net worth higher than NBC, CBS, and ABC. Combined.
Let’s say that there’s an industry with more annual revenue than Google, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined (and that should make you very, very afraid, incidentally).
The global market power of this industry is $97 billion, incidentally, just in case 13.3 billion wasn’t scary enough. To put that in perspective? The United Arab Emiraes (where oil is literally cheaper than water), has a GDP of 71.2 billion. If this industry was a country, they’d be able to BUY Egypt. Or Venezuela.
If this industry was a country, they’d be ranked 36th in the world.
Now let’s say that this industry is almost entirely unregulated. There are no unions. There are no oversight committees, no major industry watchdogs. There’s no government oversight whatsoever.
Let’s say that they happen to have their fingers in every possible pie, and that their revenue is only expected to increase as the years progress.
Now let’s say that this unregulated, free-market industry has the following statistic:
The average life expectancy of workers in this industry is 36.2 years.
That’s less than half of what the average American lifespan is (78.6 years).
Now, let’s say that within this industry, a full 66% of workers have communicable diseases that can substantially lower the quality of life, and roughly 1 in 10 have a disease that is, ultimately, a death sentence (HIV).