Everybody’s talking about this one, but really, can anybody possibly be surprised?
A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.
The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the meeting and the statements made.
Disgusting? Sure. Infuriating? Yep. Alarming? Most certainly, given the reach and influence the tech monopolies have. Time to bust ’em all up. That’s what the antitrust laws are for. Ace, on a related matter, foresees a spot of bother from Conservatism Inc:
Waiting for National Review to shriek that private monopolies can do whatever they want.
Oh, here, the wait is over before it began:
That’s Kevin D. Williamson, of course, who should really Learn To Code if his only suggestion is “start your own tech-giant monopoly if you don’t like the current tech-giant monopolies who can easily squelch all start-up competitors.”
I don’t suggest reading it. It’s more of the same.
There is an implicit claim being made here — that the special laws regarding monopolies are illegitimate and should be repealed or silently repealed and just ignored until they are dead-letter.
Ultra-Corporatists like Williamson, French, and Goldberg should be made to explain their feelings on this and defend them. The whole idea of the wisdom of markets determining the proper winner of market competition assumes market competition in the first place — do these Ultra-Corporatists dispute this? Do they think that monopolies contain the seeds of their own destruction?
Even if that is the case — what do we do in a nonfunctional monopolized market for the 10-40 years while we wait for the monopoly to implode due to its own internal contradictions?
Why, we sit back and accept helplessness and defeat, consoling ourselves with our high-mindedness, our politesse, our snooty just-plain-betterness as a Truly Principled Elite, noble guardians of a sacred pile of nothing. Y’know, just like they always have.