Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Amazon-Apple and Google

Comment by Jim Campbell

March 8th 2019

In another example of potential government overreach, presidential wannabe Elizabeth Warren wants to break up the social media sites.

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance. (Source)

 

While this might appeal to the socialist/Marxist who follow her, it will not appeal to those who are sane.

Call me insane but I agree with her.

The National Review

John Hawkins

March 8th, 2019

In normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a problem for government to solve, but social media has come to dominate our national conversation.

Large political websites thrive or die based on changes to Facebook and Google algorithms.

Please don’t allow the demeanor of Jeff Bezos fool you in the video below, this guy is a con artist and a bull shit slinger of the order of magnitude of Hillary Clinton.

 

 

Everyone from cable news to newspapers to online-only publications create and tweak their content based on how they think it will play on social media.

A study has also shown that Google search results can have a frighteningly large impact on elections:

Randomized, controlled experiments conducted with more than 10,000 people from 39 countries suggest that one company alone — Google LLC, which controls about 90 percent of online search in most countries — has likely been determining the outcomes of upwards of 25 percent of the national elections in the world for several years now, with increasing impact each year as Internet penetration has grown.

Keep in mind that we’re not talking about individuals or even whole industries here; we’re talking about unaccountable monopolies with detailed information about hundreds of millions of Americans, billions in cash reserves, and the capability to shape what is discussed and what is not discussed in America in a way that no book, radio show, television show or individual has ever had.

Just to give you an idea of their dominance, 86 percent of web searches in America go through Google and 75 percent of Americans who are on the Internet are also on Facebook.

 

 

Google in particular has leveraged its monopoly to swallow up larger and larger shares of the online market.

The company controls YouTube, the go-to source for videos on the web.

It also has the single most influential ad company online.

Gmail is the most popular email provider.

Then there’s Google maps, Google Play, Blogger, Android, Google Analytics — it goes on and on and on.

How do you take on monopolies with this sort of dominance and infinite levels of cash to buy out any rising competitor?

That’s the question conservatives keep asking, and the answer is that realistically, you don’t.

As an individual, you can leave the platforms if you like — but because of their power and control of the national conversation, you are essentially de-platforming yourself by not using them.

A message that doesn’t show up on social media might as well be written in a diary.

This is not true, go to DuckDuckgo.com, and switch from Google to remove their hold on the content we see.

Interestingly in doing so the reader will be exposed to right leaning media Google doesn’t want the reader to see.

Could their eventual failings or a technology that sidesteps them somehow make them irrelevant?

 

Please see the entire article below.

 

Sure, but that could take decades if it happens at all.

What about Congress regulating these businesses?

They could certainly do that, but given the power and influence of these companies, it’s entirely possible that new regulations might be written to benefit Google and Facebook by making it even tougher for other businesses to compete with them.

However, there is another option to deal with this situation that would reduce the power of these companies and serve the public interest.

That is breaking these monopolies up into smaller, more focused entities.

This is something with a long historical pedigree in the United States, including for Republicans.

Teddy Roosevelt was responsible for breaking up the Northern Securities Company.

William Howard Taft helped bring down Standard Oil Company.

Even Ronald Reagan broke up Ma Bell.

Admittedly, breaking up a tech platform is a tricky proposition; people want to use Facebook because other people use Facebook, for example, so the government would probably have little success and win few friends if it tried to force users to divide into Facebook 1 and Facebook 2.

What the government can do, however, is separate the core platform from the other products and services these companies provide, thus limiting the amount of power concentrated in a single company’s hands.

 If Google and Facebook were broken up into multiple companies this way, there would be more competitors in the marketplace, and the companies would be less able to leverage their dominance in one product to give themselves an unfair advantage for others.

Even anti-Google and anti-Facebook articles such as this one rely on Google and Facebook to get the word out.

We’ve had a furious debate in this country about Donald Trump and the power he has as president of the United States.

However, arguably the second and third most powerful men in America are Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook and Larry Page from Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Neither of them was elected to anything, but we are increasingly living in a culture and a media environment dominated by algorithms written by their companies.

 And if anything, those voicing privacy concerns have dramatically underplayed the scope of the information these tech giants have access to, including Facebook messages and Google searches.

As former Google employee Tristan Harris has said, “A handful of people, working at a handful of technology companies, through their choices will steer what a billion people are thinking today.

I don’t know a more urgent problem than this.

It’s changing our democracy, and it’s changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships that we want with each other.”

If you doubt that, fine, but when was the last time you went a week without using Facebook? Google search? Gmail? YouTube?

Instagram (owned by Facebook)?

Even anti-Google and anti-Facebook articles such as this one rely on Google and Facebook to get the word out.

This is dangerous to our freedom, our culture, and our republic.

Moreover, over time the danger is likely to increase, not fade.

We can’t alleviate that danger entirely, but breaking these monopolies up would go a long way toward safeguarding the interests of the American people.

Economics: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the voice of today’s Democratic Party, has decided that Apple, Google and Amazon are monopolists that must be brought to heel by the trust-busters in federal government. Silicon Valley might want to rethink its politics.

In a speech on Wednesday calling for stronger antitrust enforcement, Warren complained that “competition is dying” in America.

As evidence, she cited the consolidation of the banking, insurance and airline industries, internet providers … even Big Beef and Big Chicken.

Then she launched into an attack on the three tech giants, claiming that they are using their “large platforms” to “snuff out competition,” “harm rivals,” and block “new entrants … that want their chance to change the world again.”

Notice the one tech giant Warren didn’t mention: Microsoft. For those with short memories, the Warrens of the world were making the exact same argument against Microsoft 20 years ago.

They said Microsoft was illegally using its “platform” — in that case, Windows — to snuff out competition, and unless Microsoft was broken up the market would never be truly competitive.

Well, the government failed to break Microsoft up — although it did keep it tangled up in antitrust courts for years.

But even Warren doesn’t see the company as a threat any more.

The tech industry is a prime example of why heavy-handed antitrust isn’t needed.

Warren’s specific examples of “harm” done by Apple, Amazon and Google make no sense either.

She complains that Google is hampering rivals to its “Google Plus user review feature.” Has she never heard of Yelp?

She says Apple is making it hard for rivals to offer competitors to Apple Music.

But Apple Music has half as many subscribers as Spotify. And Apple’s iOS only commands 31% of the smartphone market, while Google’s Android holds almost 68%.

The rest of Warren’s speech is equally ill-informed. She says the chicken industry is too consolidated, but fails to note that chicken prices have climbed more slowly than inflation over the past two decades.

She says internet companies are ripping consumers off, but internet prices have climbed just 1% in the past 10 years.

And what about all the concentration in the airline industry? Turns out air fares have fallen 10% since 2013, according to the government’s Consumer Price Index.

Warren can’t even keep her complaints straight. She says competition is vital because it will “reduce prices and increase the quality of goods and services.”

Then moments later she blasts Wal-Mart for bringing competition and lower prices to towns across America.

Even if competition in America were dying, the last thing anyone should want is the government to get more involved.

It was Dodd-Frank and the mountain of regulations it unleashed that are largely responsible for the demise of competitive community banks.

ObamaCare has been driving the recent spate of mergers both in the insurance and hospital industries.

The Federal Communications Commission has a long and checkered past of blocking or inhibiting new entrants and disruptive technologies.

Federal farm programs benefit giant agribusinesses.

On and on the list goes.

The problem isn’t just that Warren has precious little knowledge or understanding of how the free market works.

It’s that from her perch in the Senate she yields a lot of power over it.

Worse, there are thousands upon thousands of people just like her in positions of power throughout the federal government.

If you want more free market competition, there’s a simple solution. Get government out of the way.

 

THE END

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2 Responses to Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Amazon-Apple and Google

  1. JAFC says:

    Let her do whatever she wants with Bezo. She can cut his balls off and cook them in her fondue pot for all I care. I’m one of the small manufacturers that supplied the Mom & Pop stores that Amazon put out of business.

    Big isn’t always better. And if growth for growth’s sake were really that good a principle, people would be lining up to catch cancer.

    The genus of Capitalism – AS ADAM SMITH DEFINED IT – is its ability to provide employment and income for the maximum number of willing people 100% of the time.

    Monopolyism is just another form of Socialism – where a small group (private here, rather than political) controlling the design, production, and distribution of goods and services . Bad!

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