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    Breaking Up Big Tech Companies Is A Big Government, Not Free Market, Response

    What suprises me in this is breaking up big tech comes mainly from the right.

    http://Breaking Up Big Tech Companie...rket, Response

    ...Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others have just become too powerful, says the narrative. And it’s not just the political right, which is justified in being upset at Big Tech’s efforts to marginalize and silence it, that wants to use the nearly limitless power of the federal government to tame private businesses. Some Democrats are in the game, too, most prominently Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who “has made breaking up the tech giants a cornerstone of her campaign.”

    The fact that a high-profile Democrat who has no appreciation for property rights and the blessings of markets, nor their power, is lighting torches and handing out pitchforks should be a warning.

    Antitrust enforcement is anti-freedom, pro-big government. As Cato Institute Chairman Robert Levy has written, it “debases the idea of private property” as “government seeks to transform a company’s private property into something that effectively belongs to the public, to be designed by government officials.”

    It’s also a waste. Markets always busts the trusts on their own. They churn, evolve, kick out the companies that fail to serve consumers, and reward those that do....

    ...If Big Tech has power, it’s because consumers have voluntarily given it to them....

    ...“Government intervention,” says the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Iain Murray, “does more to create barriers to entry that entrench powerful incumbent corporations than the free market, which forces companies to innovate in order to grow their business and prosper.”

    Let the market, the preferences of consumers, handle the Big Tech issues. Don’t like Google’s and Facebook’s anti-conservative bias? Cut ties with them. Hurt them in their wallets. Force them to choose between politics and business. It’s a private affair, none of government’s concern.

    "They churn, evolve, kick out the companies that fail to serve consumers, and reward those that do."

    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    I watched Louder with Crowder on Blaze TV this morning.

    Let each platform decide if it is going to be a publisher subject to all sorts of criminal and civil statues or a public platform.

    Make lots of noise when a platform like Pinterest labels pro-life organizations as porn sites or as misinformation.

    Make lots of noise when someone is shadowbanned or demonetized. Do not allow these organizations the privilege of acting in the darkness. Force them to be consistent against well publicized, clear rules.

    And when it happens to you seek legal representation and go after them.

    Government regulation means an end to innovation and competition.
    Call your state legislators and insist they approve the Article V convention of States to propose amendments.


    I pledge allegiance to the Constitution as written and understood by this nation's founders, and to the Republic it created, an indivisible union of sovereign States, with liberty and justice for all.

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    Hugh Hewitt has had some good discussions about this issue. In this one he notes the WSJ and the Atlantic with what they pimped out to the Country.



    Two very interesting articles this weekend on the dangers of the Internet. One from the Wall Street Journal on impending privacy regulations. This is a good thing. What I find most interesting is the amount of money people are making trading our data, which we are giving to them for free. As the opening paragraph of the piece puts it:

    We are finally waking up to the fact that we aren’t merely “the product” of companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -2.20% Google. As one Silicon Valley investor put it, we are their fuel.


    Think of it this way – these companies, some of the largest in the world – are making billions of dollars trading something that you own. Even if you do not mind having your stuff out there for the world to see, don’t you think you ought to get a cut of this action? Let’s say Facebook has sold my data ten times. Further let’s say, just making a number up, they got $5 for my data with each sale. So they made $50 selling stuff that I own. Should they not at least have had to buy it from me before they could resell it? (OK, maybe they provide a service in exchange for my data – but have I had the opportunity to determine if the service is worth what my data is worth?) And given that they can sell it multiple times, shouldn’t I enjoy some royalties on each sale? (Again, even if we assume their service is compensation, have I had an opportunity to check values?)


    The other interesting article is in The Atlantic from, by now, very familiar name Franklin Foer. In this piece Foer, in his typically apocalyptic style, looks at the digital ability to manipulate video, couples it with emerging virtual reality technology, sprinkles in the human tendency to prefer video to the written word and declares an end to reality. Seriously, that’s the title of the piece, “The End of Reality.” As with his book, he has one heck of a point, but this reader finds his breathless, sensationalist presentation distracting from the very real dangers. But the big problem here, as opposed to the privacy issue, is how in the world can we regulate this without getting into censorship?



    In the end this is really a question of speed. No regulatory mechanism can move fast enough to keep up with the Internet. Only an algorithm can keep up with other algorithms, and building a policing algorithm is making the problem worse, not better. Even if we design our police algorithm only to observe and report, by the time the report gets to people and they react, the damage will have been done and the perps in the wind.


    The only way this is going to end well is if we, the consumer, choose not to participate. We have to be knowledgeable enough and broad-minded enough to at least suspect a rat when we encounter falsified video, even out-of-context video. We then have to overcome our natural sloth and check it out. We have to have the self-discipline to think before we fill in the blank when we register for a web site. And if that web site will not allow us to proceed without filling in a blank we do not want to, we have to have the strength to walk away.


    “Knowledgeable,” “broad-minded,” “sloth,” “self-discipline,” “strength” – these are not words used to describe technology or regulation; these are words about character and education. Our own technology is going to force us to be better people or it is going to destroy us. The choice is ours......snip~


    https://www.hughhewitt.com/big-tech-...and-character/
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Hugh Hewitt has had some good discussions about this issue. In this one he notes the WSJ and the Atlantic with what they pimped out to the Country.



    Two very interesting articles this weekend on the dangers of the Internet. One from the Wall Street Journal on impending privacy regulations. This is a good thing. What I find most interesting is the amount of money people are making trading our data, which we are giving to them for free. As the opening paragraph of the piece puts it:
    We are finally waking up to the fact that we aren’t merely “the product” of companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -2.20% Google. As one Silicon Valley investor put it, we are their fuel.


    Think of it this way – these companies, some of the largest in the world – are making billions of dollars trading something that you own. Even if you do not mind having your stuff out there for the world to see, don’t you think you ought to get a cut of this action? Let’s say Facebook has sold my data ten times. Further let’s say, just making a number up, they got $5 for my data with each sale. So they made $50 selling stuff that I own. Should they not at least have had to buy it from me before they could resell it? (OK, maybe they provide a service in exchange for my data – but have I had the opportunity to determine if the service is worth what my data is worth?) And given that they can sell it multiple times, shouldn’t I enjoy some royalties on each sale? (Again, even if we assume their service is compensation, have I had an opportunity to check values?)


    The other interesting article is in The Atlantic from, by now, very familiar name Franklin Foer. In this piece Foer, in his typically apocalyptic style, looks at the digital ability to manipulate video, couples it with emerging virtual reality technology, sprinkles in the human tendency to prefer video to the written word and declares an end to reality. Seriously, that’s the title of the piece, “The End of Reality.” As with his book, he has one heck of a point, but this reader finds his breathless, sensationalist presentation distracting from the very real dangers. But the big problem here, as opposed to the privacy issue, is how in the world can we regulate this without getting into censorship?



    In the end this is really a question of speed. No regulatory mechanism can move fast enough to keep up with the Internet. Only an algorithm can keep up with other algorithms, and building a policing algorithm is making the problem worse, not better. Even if we design our police algorithm only to observe and report, by the time the report gets to people and they react, the damage will have been done and the perps in the wind.


    The only way this is going to end well is if we, the consumer, choose not to participate. We have to be knowledgeable enough and broad-minded enough to at least suspect a rat when we encounter falsified video, even out-of-context video. We then have to overcome our natural sloth and check it out. We have to have the self-discipline to think before we fill in the blank when we register for a web site. And if that web site will not allow us to proceed without filling in a blank we do not want to, we have to have the strength to walk away.


    “Knowledgeable,” “broad-minded,” “sloth,” “self-discipline,” “strength” – these are not words used to describe technology or regulation; these are words about character and education. Our own technology is going to force us to be better people or it is going to destroy us. The choice is ours......snip~


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    If you don't want to pay the piper don't sing along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Did anyone think it was free to sign up for FaceBook? Send a Tweet? Use the Internet?
    Maybe leftists. I think most on the Right know they aren't free.
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    This nation/culture here is very friendly to monopoly.

    And/or oligopoly.

    Hooray for capitalism.

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    Still the current problem with these tech companies is their censorship. Especially with banning those on the Right. Christians etc etc.


    We might have to take a look at applying a Civil Right for the use of Social Media. As regulation will be difficult to implement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Still the current problem with these tech companies is their censorship. Especially with banning those on the Right. Christians etc etc.


    We might have to take a look at applying a Civil Right for the use of Social Media. As regulation will be difficult to implement.
    Or new platforms that don't discriminate will pop up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Or new platforms that don't discriminate will pop up.
    You would have thought that was taking place now. But it isn't.
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