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Conservatives have learned never to underestimate the anti-capitalist, anti-corporate paranoia of Democrats and liberals. Of course, there is some irony in this, given the incestuous relationship that exists between the Democratic Party and countless major corporations. Recognition for the ironic, however, has never been the left's strong suit. How else can you explain a movement that colludes with Russians to “steal” an election, and then accuses its opponents of the very same thing?
Recently, the anti-corporate bias of liberals has taken yet another strange turn. Some are seeking to block the merger of two printing companies, Quad/Graphics and LSC Communications, on the pretext that their consolidation would create a “monopoly.” Critics of the proposed merger are thus positioning themselves as defenders of healthy capitalist competition and of the interests of “the little guy,” i.e. American consumers. The truth, as usual, is far more complicated.
Concerns - Talk - Town - Washington - DC
Antitrust concerns are the talk of the town in Washington, D.C., and they are attracting more and more interest from the general public, mainly because some on the left and on the right are calling for “Big Tech” companies, like Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google, or Amazon, to be broken up. The idea is that these companies control major aspects of the U.S. technology sector and/or of social media, and thus they effectively enjoy monopolies, which they sustain by anti-competitive practices.
For conservatives, the concerns go even deeper. Not a day goes by without a story in the right-leaning media about an attempt by Big Tech to silence or intimidate conservative voices and opinion leaders. Indeed, the corporate culture of these technology and social media companies is almost uniformly oriented towards liberalism and political correctness. Since they have wide powers of censorship over content, and since they can “deplatform” anyone whose views they consider dangerous or irresponsible, their capacity to...
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