Stalin did it with police, dogs and barbed wire... while literally millions died in the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-1933. Obama...?
I hate this tyranny.
Extend this to all government bureaucracies and their denizens. It is a simple fact of life, nobody likes to work harder than they have to and that to a bureaucrat there is a very real difference between a small business/farmer/retailer etc. and their big brothers.
An inspector goes to Megacorp to see about a possible violation. He is met and escorted by an employee whose only job that day is to satisfy him. It is a government cog meeting an industrial cog, bureaucrat to bureaucrat. GovGuy gets to talk, have a cup of whatever, discuss the problem in a comfortable environment and leaves that day having done his job with satisfaction. Makes no difference to either person if the problem is there, for the most part neither of their jobs is on the line or in danger.
Contrast this with the same problem at MikeInc. GovGuy goes there and there is nobody who can be assigned to answer his questions. It is a small shop with everybody wearing more than one hat. There is no place for GovGuy to check on documentation and nobody to understand his take on the RULES! Any violations he finds could mean the end of the business and GovGuy would just feel terrible about that. But that is his job so he does it, after all nobody should go into business without knowing all of the rules, right?
So, which size business do you think government likes the best?