The Effects Of Corruption In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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Even though monopolies are illegal, public corruption allows companies to form and continues to be a problem today. In an article published by the Los Angeles, Anh Do and Richard Winton expose a case of corruption in the Orange County, California courts. In the Travel Pulse article "Airlines Leaving Us Little Choice – Like A Monopoly," posted by Rich Thomaselli, the practice of monopolization is observed in the airline industry. The author criticizes large airlines on their growth that has led to at “93 of the top 100 [airports], one or two airlines controlling a majority of the seats” (Thomaselli). The scornful article was written after recent events that have caused the Department of Justice and five States to sue two of the biggest U.S. …show more content…

By exposing readers to a world where workers are underpaid and mistreated, corruption is heavy, and factories control a whole neighborhood, Sinclair shocks readers and explains that the Packington factories “[were] really not a number of firms at all, but one great firm, the Beef Trust” (Sinclair 112). Similar to how the airlines shared information to upcharge passenger tickets and control the airport, Sinclair writes that “every week the managers of [The Beef Trust] got together and compared notes” (Sinclair 112). Stating that these meetings were not to help the workers or consumers, because they judged the effectiveness of workers there and “fixed the price they would pay for beef…..and all the dressed meat in the country” (Sinclair 112). Sinclair also tells readers that the mergers and cooperation not only hurts workers and consumers but also smaller companies. For example, the airlines that grow and try to “bully foreign carriers” (Thomaselli) can be compared to the man who tried to “gather this filth in scows, to make lard out of it” (Sinclair 97) in Bubbly Creek but was stopped when “the packers took the cue, and got an injunction to stop him, and afterwards gathered it themselves” (Sinclair 97). Even though large airlines and smaller airlines both try to cheat to have a winning hand, the monopolies end up on top and can have a more widespread hold on the nation’s travelers and have “80 percent of the nation’s air traffic to be concentrated among four airlines”

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