The weight of pretense wears heavy. So heavy, by appearances, that Progtech no longer wishes to bear it. I understand. Free speech, free markets, open exchange of ideas, and every other feel-good food pellet hardly seems necessary to lie about at this point. The left controls the monopolies, and monopolies aren’t in the business of platforming their competition. Ecumenical platitudes about non-existent principles are the things one utters while building a military infrastructure. In contrast, HATE is what one says when that infrastructure is deemed secure enough to form a foundation of attack.
Of course the goobercons are reliably oblivious to anything so overly apparent. And so they scramble to concoct ever more lavish tax breaks for the same Silicon Valley borg that colludes to crush their own constituents. By now I imagine Tim Cook’s lover must be forced to buy him anal beads made of antimatter—at six trillion/gram it’s the gift for the gay man with everything.
I’m referring largely to today’s synchronized defenestration of the Alex Jones media presence. Now to be honest I’ve watched precisely one Jones video. It struck me as a sort of cantankerous civic nationalism, which equals Hate since the left doesn’t care for that at all. Hate being a passive recipient state in conservatives. That is to say, we only know they have it after the left hates them. Of course hate is also an emotion native to all human beings, which explains why liberals claim to be devoid of it. You can see just how devoid below.
That’s all well understood. Though the fact that Jones became Hate through being hated simultaneously across all Progtech platforms is the sort of coincidence that should attract the attention of Jeff Sessions, if he could be roused from slumber. For if AG Sessions were to man his post for perhaps 20 minutes per day, he’d find little better use of his precious waking hours than to go full Sherman Act on the hostile tech oligarchs.
Anti-trust is a powerful tool simply sitting at this administration’s feet. And even better, it is a tool that can be wielded with an extremely high-yield cutting arc. In practically any other circumstance one could identify good people harmed by decisive government intrusion. Yet in this case, the field is all bogeys. Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple would look best looking nothing like they do. Imagine how much less pernicious each of these companies would be in a scenario where shareholders demanded growth and performance from their small corporate shards rather than posturing and political bans from behind today’s deep market moats.
As some of you may have astutely noted, I am not a particular fan of our legislative judiciary. Though I did appreciate this explanation of the Sherman Act from the Supreme Court.
The purpose of the Sherman Act is not to protect businesses from the working of the market; it is to protect the public from the failure of the market. The law directs itself not against conduct which is competitive, even severely so, but against conduct which unfairly tends to destroy competition itself.
What we have here is a market failure. Because the market these malign behemoths make is in speech. And their conduct doesn’t just tend to destroy competition in that market, it does so frenetically. If only John D. Rockefeller had thought to scream “We did it to fight petroleum-based Hate!” at Standard Oil’s Anti-Trust trial. But the world was less stupid then, alas, and so the gambit lied dormant until today.
But that doesn’t mean Trump need be dazzled by such idiotic incantations. Any moron can cite Hate as a defense for their attacks. And many morons do. Though that’s insufficient for non-morons to grant the position legitimacy. Here’s a novel principle for respectable conservatives: fight for your own side.
In alignment with that principle, it’s time to stop babbling about “free enterprise” for the enterprises trying to bury you. A nation is not a monopolistic merchant syndicate. It just may have no greater enemy.