A good piece here on the plight of the small trucker--the owner/operator. It reminds me of Northview Dairy, the owners of which just sold off their cows.
I suppose conservative economists would point to "creative destruction", the process by which the free market makes everything better and better for everyone, over the long run. As an ambivalent liberal, I resist that. Economic change has real costs and hurts real people. When I ask myself would the world be a better place if we froze things as they were in 1950, or 1900, or 1491, I have to answer "no", but as the great Heinlein wrote: there's no such thing as a free lunch.