iety would rise while prices drop if we had companies competing to provide food-"
Biff: [Aghast] "You would trust greedy for-profit corporations to supply your food?! Pretty quickly one corporation would gain a monopoly on all food distribution. Then they are free to over-charge us for only two flavors of goo! I'm sorry it isn't obvious to you that there really is no better and more fair way than what we have now. Where have you ever seen it done different?"
Someone was confused by this story and asked, "Government doesn't pipe food into my fridge. I do get my food from competing companies. I don't understand this story."
Right now most of us get water and electricity piped to our houses. When someone says we can privatize that system, the Statist will often argue that there is no better way than a centralized involuntary monopoly (government) doing the piping. I'm making a point that (a) there are always other ways to get it done; and (b) look at how food has [almost] always been done in one of those other ways without government control or [much] interference. That said, the level of government interference has increased year by year.
But the real point is just to show that private competing companies have done a pretty good job and no one grocery store or farm has become a monopoly... yet... until... look out because here comes Monsanto, which will actually prove my point because they are a growing real monopoly, as in obtaining that exclusivity via government assistance.