The economic system of Corporate and Financial America is not free enterprise! It's Fascism! Big Business, Big Government, Big Banking, Big Military and Organized Religion are forming a partnership to drain the taxpayers' money, devalue their savings through monetary inflation and kill small-business competition by manipulating tax codes to stay on top of the market. Corporate taxes now account for only 7% of the government's revenue as opposed to 24% back in the 1960s!!! And the super-rich have so many tax holes they can afford to exploit that our income tax system has actually become regressive at least at the top end. This, along with wasteful military and drug-war spending, is draining the pockets of the taxpaying working class and making it impossible for small businesses to survive. Wonder why we can't afford to raise the minimum wage to $9/hour? Because economic fascism has taken a large portion of the market away from small businesses and made them unable to pay a living wage without going under! If you were to raise the minimum wage directly, small businesses would die out and Corporate America would become even stronger. There is a better path to a living wage, though. Raise taxes on large corporations and the wealthy to finance a Wage Supplement Fund which will give a boost to low-wage workers so they can meet their expenses. This redistribution of the tax system will also take away some of Big Business's unfair competitive advantage and decentralize market control back into the hands of small, non-establishment, non-mainstream entrepreneurs who will then be able to pay a better wage to workers, create more jobs, and help break up the mainstream monoculture that always develops when mass marketing and corporate control dominates an economy.
With a small business economy, you won't have to cut your hair or stop smoking pot in order to get a job because there will be jobs for every kind of person unlike the corporate system where a bunch of authoritarian Power Elite run the economy and expect all the workers to obey their every order. And for businesses that operate on economies of scale and can't be made small, well, SYNDICALIZE THEM! Give nearly 100% ownership, 100% profit sharing and 100% democratic control to the workers, with their goods to be sold on the market just like any company run by bosses and executives.