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March 27, 2020

Battling the Appeal of Socialism While Corporations Engage in Evil Behavior
[Buck Throckmorton]

Only 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the appeal of socialism among so many Americans is very distressing, especially when you consider that Cubans are still risking their lives to flee it, and Venezuelans are now eating rats to avoid death by socialism-induced hunger. But domestically we have a different challenge in fighting socialism’s appeal – major American corporations are now openly and defiantly engaging in behavior that is just plain evil.

“Apple to pay $500 million settlement for throttling older phones”

Can you imagine if Toyota sabotaged your car if you took it in for routine maintenance? And then lied about it repeatedly until caught? That is what Apple did, and if you talk to cell phone repair shops there is strong sentiment that they continue to do so. When both my wife’s and my 2 1/2 year-old iphones suddenly started having all sorts of problems (speakers, photos, camera, volume, email exchange, etc), we went to two different phone repair stores and they both told us matter of factly that the problem is a software issue caused by Apple sabotaging our older model phones with software updates. That may not be true. But I believe it to be true because Apple has lied about doing this exact thing before.

“Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint face $200 million in fines from FCC for sharing user data”

Listen to the words of leftist Senator Ron Wyden (D – OR). He called the fines “comically inadequate” and that these wireless companies have “reckless disregard for Americans’ personal information, knowing they can write off comparatively tiny fines as the cost of doing business.” He’s correct, and it’s awful that he is correct, because Wyden is far enough left to embrace nationalizing these corrupt companies as a solution to their bold lawlessness.

“Did Mark Zuckerberg lie under oath about Facebook eavesdropping through your phone?”

When asked if Facebook uses “audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users?” Zuckerberg said Facebook did not do that. He lied. Only when the lie was no longer operable did Facebook come up with a new lie excuse for doing what he perjured himself about before Congress. But it’s OK for Zuckerberg to commit perjury. He heads a monster tech company, and monster tech companies are exempt from those pesky laws that ordinary Americans have to obey.

“Uighur ‘forced labor’ reportedly used in Chinese factories making US tech”

Other than Principled Free Traders, is there anyone not disgusted to read that Uighur Muslims are being forcibly relocated throughout China to provide slave cheap labor for US companies such as Apple and Nike. Wait - Apple again? No way! Who would ever think they would do anything as evil as using the labor of Chinese political prisoners to pump up their profits? Nike gets a pass, of course, because every time they spit on the American flag they earn a human rights offset for their child-labor / prison-labor sweatshops in Asia.

There are plenty more examples of American corporations engaging in evil behavior. And don’t forget, the monster tech oligopoly has the power to deny individual Americans access to the 21st century utilities which are necessary for daily life. It’s a power they enjoy exercising. Nationalizing companies isn’t the solution, but powerless people who have access to the ballot box may feel it is the only way to rein in evil corporations.

Instead, lawless behavior from the monster tech cartel needs to be dealt with harshly – CEOs need to go to jail for perjury and violating privacy laws. Of course, the best way to stop this evil is to break these giant companies into a bunch of little companies. It’s time for some trust busting.

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