If you are at all familiar with my work, you know that for quite some time I have been chronicling the steady assault on our first amendment rights by behemoth multinational corporate board rooms. The big Tech industry in particular has been the vanguard in this attempt legitimize the Left’s faerie tale of a dystopian crisis in drastic need of social correction.
Since the 2016 election, we have seen, and continue to see individuals and groups banned from the public square of social media whose only crime was having opinions and beliefs that challenge the Left narrative.
We have seen this trend spill and overflow into other industries as well. Corporations are being forced into pandering to the faerie tale, at the risk of social media driven boycotts. Banking and financial service providers are blacklisting customers based on ideology.
This whole thing is kinda scary, like in a biblical Revelations mark of the beast kinda way. Conservatives have been so enraged over being censored, de-platformed, demonetized, or otherwise persecuted for thought crimes that calls for government intervention have been made.
You know shit just got real when a conservative is hoping the government will intercede. The problem has been that the 1st amendment doesn’t provide protections of speech against suppression from anyone except the government.
These behemoth corporations have become in some respects (ok many) more powerful than our own government. They have the ability to stomp out dissention with little or no fear of reprisals, and can afford a legion of attorneys to assert that ability through the legal system.
While I whole-heartedly agree something needs to be done to curb this Leftist assault on conservatives, I also believe that ultimately regulation is not the answer. Let’s face reality. We won’t always have control of the executive branch. So regulations that might help our cause today can certainly bite us square on the ass down the road.
There is, however an alternative to regulation. It’s one we have seen looking on the horizon, and it’s one that has been on the books since long before the internet, when telephones had only been available for about 50 years. The Sherman Antitrust Act was passed to combat monopolistic business practices. It was an attempt to curb the unfair control that big companies had over the market so that completion could thrive, and ultimately benefit the consumers.
Its this Act that is now being levelled at the biggest of Big Tech offenders…..Google.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal “WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is gearing up for an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, a move that could present a major new layer of regulatory scrutiny for the search giant, according to people familiar with the matter.”
This is the opening salvo in what could turn into a long dirty war with big business. It’s not outside the realm of possibility to see racketeering investigations into the coordinated efforts of social media to Target conservatives. While part of me thinks it would be glorious to see @jack or Mark Fuckerberg in front of a grand jury for racketeering, I also firmly believe that it would be disasterous for the long game.
This is a serious problem that I don’t see going away in the immediate future, but we will continue to speak on it as the issue continues to evolve.
- Slippery Slope - June 1, 2019
- Digital Jackboots - May 7, 2019
- Middlebury administrators abandon liberal arts tradition, shut down Ryszard Legutko speech — but one political science class rises to the occasion - April 18, 2019
- Who is safeguarding our Liberty? - April 7, 2019
- Censorship…the enemy of Democracy - March 25, 2019