You raise interesting points, issues--and I'm already reaching new heights of unproductiveness here on the home front... :)
Let me just state this: I believe ***all franchises*** violate the spirit of anti-trust, and inherently pave the way for the fucking of local economies, local businesses, and the ultimate and irreversible fraying of the social fabric. Be they DunkinfuknDonuts, Lowes, McD, Staples, you name it. Which dudn't mean you cain't have a national brand. You just cain't have national *distribution* thru a single outlet for that brand. Etc. And I don't think two mega-Corps competing against each other, Like Lowes/HD, helps all that much--some, but not enough. To me, it's sorta like having the Grand Insertion shoved in two orifices simultaneously, serving only to keep the net translation of the Receiving Orifi immobilized--Newton's law, essentially, applied to economics. The Corporate Entity is likely quite the nefarious being.
Oh yeah, you mentioned lawyers..... I'll pass, so's I don't have an aneurism....
I also believe investor-driven real estate development is, once again, a Grand Insertion into every existing orifice of the (m)asses. Houses should only be allowed to be built by the people who are going to live there, apartment buildings should only be built by gummint/municipalities, and NOT for profit--the Mitchell-Lama stuff in NYC, which is, like everything else, now privatized.
Of course, what chance is there of this being acknowledged, when SocialfuknSecurity is about to be unjustifiably privatized--proly the Final Grand Insertion before the (m)asses are simply disemboweled. Yeah, we have a crisis in SS like Iraq had WMDs--butt another fukn hustle.