skipping the intermediate step

It's funny, how people say (accurately) that Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. are “monopolies” and then immediately jump to such and such replacement for said companies (usually via a decentralized method).

So, it's like:

If Amazon can't exist where everything is cheap, easy, convenient, then there needs to be some consortium of (online) Mom & Pop shops with the option of One-Click purchasing (built on the blockchain, of course).

And if Google can't exist, there needs to be a decentralized “fork” of each and every single one of it's services (as if they didn't exist already, to a certain extent).

And if Apple can't exist, then...the world is screwed(?) I suppose.

But, what people do NOT do, is pause on the intermediate (mental) step and realize that replacements don't matter at all. Want to end Google? Break up the Google monopoly and figure out other stuff afterwards (we all existed without Gmail at one point, believe it or not). No Amazon? Luckily, everyone is online so they can just search for a different outlet to purchase from.

Of course when I say “break up”, I mean both you, I, the individual break off (or cancel) our memberships with these services, and also, continue to support (U.S. (and other countries, as well)) efforts to regulate the fxxx out of these co's.

But it's the same deal – want them to “go away”, or “end” or be “dissolved”? OK, good! But no one is going to wait around for a perfect, ideal, no-compromise replacement for any of these services before anti-trust consequences take effect.

And sometimes (in most cases, really), monopolistic presence cannot be avoided (hell, I am writing this on an Apple laptop, and just finished a YouTube video), and of course we can all be “forgiven” for that (by most people, though some out there are hardcore purists around the whole anti-Google, anti-Big Tech thing (I try not to be that way)). But, having the mental wherewithal to “come around to” the (nearly inevitable) fact that these co's are not going to resemble anything like we know them today quite soon, is something that can make a/the “transition period” a bit easier. No need to find/create “perfect” replacements for these services – learn to adapt.