It used to be the case that there were real choices involved in purchasing food from the grocery store, buying clothes from the mall or a department store and even watching the news on television. But today, the vast majority of what people consume in all spheres of life is owned or controlled by just a handful of powerful corporations, or what authentic vernacular might dub as corporate fascism.

A visual chart circulating on Reddit, for instance, reveals that a mere 10 corporations control almost all major food brands these days. 90 percent of the American mainstream media, according to a recent Frugal Dad “infographic,” is now owned by just six companies, as opposed to about 50 back in 1983. And the number of major American banks in operation has diminished from about 37 back in the 1990s to just four today.

One might assume that all this consolidating and merging has taken many decades to get where it is today, but the disturbing reality is that much of it has taken place within the past 10-20 years. Major food corporations like PepsiCo and Kraft, for example, have swallowed up dozens of brands just within the past 10 years, while major consumer brands like Unilever and Proctor & Gamble probably own most of the personal care products and cleaning supplies in your house.

10 powerful corporations control most of what you consume: Food, news and more, 12/10/13

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