Back in 1982 the United States federal government decreed that American Telephone and Telegraph Company was a destructive monopoly and for the good of the country needed to be dismembered. Their sin was that they were so big and successful that no other company would ever be able to successfully compete against them. Now AT&T was a heavily regulated company and was controlled by a network of government regulations about how they did business and how they had to treat the American public. In many places phone service was treated as an entitlement that not even non-payment by the consumer justified AT&T disconnecting the service. And in the hundred plus years of service AT&T never once asked what the consumer’s politics, ethics or even criminal activities were. They just wanted you to pay the bill every month.
In 2019 Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon are the phone company. We talk to each other and sell things to each other and organize with each other over their networks. And they are more than the phone company. They are now also the equivalent of the newspapers, television networks, radio stations, movie theaters and more. Now Amazon has become Sears and Kmart and even the grocery store, the hardware store, the bookstore, the drug store, the music store, the electronics store, the shoe store, the clothes store and almost every other retail establishment that has ever existed. Other than a few megastores like Walmart and Home Depot no one can compete with Amazon. The shopping malls and retail streets of every city and town in America have been emptied and shuttered by this business behemoth.
These companies are the very definition of monopolies that the anti-trust laws were written to guard against. They cry out for some kind of action. And if they had no other agenda than to make money by the tera-buck they would need to be busted up. But that’s actually the smaller problem.
The real problem is that they have taken sides in the culture war and have indeed formed an overarching conspiracy to crush anyone and everyone who disagrees with their radical progressive agenda. And their monolithic control allows them to banish anyone they disagree with from access to the audience needed to communicate, organize and resist the progressive narrative. And even that’s not the worst of it.
They have joined forces with corporate America to literally destroy the lives and livelihoods of those they dislike. With the help of social justice warriors on-line they can get a man fired from his job, SWAT-ed by the local police, have his guns confiscated, ejected from his bank and deplatformed from his own web-business. So far, they haven’t been able literally throw you into a gulag but I’m sure they’re working on it as we speak.
So, imagine if back in the day AT&T or the local electric company or gas company had sent you a letter that said that because they didn’t like your politics or things you said they were turning off your service. How long would it be before the Feds put the screws to that utility company and fined them until they desisted from discriminating against American citizens?
The Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice works for William Barr. Barr works for President Trump and he works for me because I voted for him. I want President Trump to tell Barr to take Amazon and bust it into a thousand pieces. I want him to cut off all federal funds to Facebook, Google and Twitter and then fine those lousy cretins into bancruptcy for discriminating against non-progressives of all stripes. I want him to investigate Pay Pal, Stripe, Wells Fargo, Chase Manhattan and any other financial institution that deplatformed any non-progressive businessmen just because they don’t like their politics or religious beliefs.
Sure, there are plenty of other things that the President needs to do but these things will strengthen his supporters, weaken his enemies, take money away from the Leftists and besides everything else it’s easy to do because it’s exactly what the law tells him he should do. It’s low hanging fruit and it’s a no-brainer. And besides everything else it will be fun.
Very well written – thank you.
By any chance, do you have a reference for your opening statement?
Here’s a link to the generic info on AT&T
Back in the early 80’s MCI wanted to provide long distance service via sattelite service but couldn’t compete because AT&T had all the local land lines. The government stepped in.