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Prefer to stay private

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Late Great Donald Blake 
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Subj: Re: I agree with this, so long as private companies don't become monopolies.
Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 at 10:16:31 pm EST (Viewed 290 times)
Reply Subj: I agree with this, so long as private companies don't become monopolies.
Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 at 07:56:13 pm EST (Viewed 306 times)



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    If we enforce antitrust laws then this wouldn't be an issue to begin with. The internet, and especially SOCIAL MEDIA shouldn't be privately owned or privately controlled anymore than the military or roads should be.


While it is a very bad comparison of enforcing antitrust to the military or roads, since they are funded by the government and what you suggest is allowing more competition in the private sector... I agree.

It is just that the second half makes it sound like you want to nationalize it, and the first foster private competition.

A better example would have been when Henry Ford successfully sued broke the patent issues that kept him form manufacturing cars. Since they are actually related, and one of the more well known and significant monopoly defeating cases. But that is neither here nor there.

The big problem with internet businesses is that they did most of their growth as a industry under the Clinton and Bush administration. Both of whom were fairly corporate friendly in the long run.

Of course there are far more reasons Big Tech should be broken up, but this is the one we are talking about.

As I previously stated, the government cannot force anyone to say or publish anything, that is called compelled speech. It is a First Amendment violation.

However, the monolithic nature organizations like Twitter and Facebook could mean that enforcing anti-trust laws is preserving their Free Speech from outside influence.

You may recall, I talked about the difference between legal and societal free speech, how something can be legal but suppressed by views of individuals.

I am all for boycotts of Twitter an Facebook, since these changes are legal, but I do not agree with them. This could render that unnecessary. Break it apart and everyone can have their own set standards, determine d be personal philosophy, or the market.

Then... the rest of Big Tech can have a similar treatment.