Tucker Carlson makes an extremely interesting argument, one I have been privately considering myself for some time:
During the interview, Tucker made an insightful analysis saying, “now if you’re conservative, it might be difficult to get your head around what is happening in this country, so much has changed. But here’s the bottom line, the federal government is no longer the main threat to your privacy and to your freedoms, you’ve grown up thinking that, it’s no longer true. Big corporations are the main threat to your freedom and your privacy. The government doesn’t own your private emails — Google does.”
“Federal employees can’t be fired for their political views, private sector employees are all the time. The Trump administration can’t end your ability to publicly communicate your ideas, Twitter and Facebook can do that and they do it all the time. The Orwellian future is increasingly the Orwellian present and tech barons are becoming our new commissars, liberals who once stood up for free expression and opposition to concentrations of corporate power have been thoroughly co-opted, they’re getting rich from it.”
Ronald Reagan had a famous quote that I’m sure many of you are familiar with. It is: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
I was raised on Reagan conservatism like many of our readers, but I have begun to cast a more critical eye on statements like these as I have watched the socialist takeover of American society spread from the halls of academia to the government and into big business and most cultural spaces (video games, sci-fi, etc).
Ultimately, business and capitalism was always sold as the “cure” to “big government” socialism. The problem is that seems to be increasingly less true these days. Businesses’ desire for cheap labor is the primary driver behind Republican amnesty efforts, and many businesses increasingly seem to want to morph their companies into politically activist organizations.
Examples of businesses becoming left wing activist organizations are the NFL and Twitter, who are both happy to throw away tens of millions or even hundreds of millions in revenue in the name of social justice and virtue signalling. In fact, I’d argue that the big tech titans are clearly planning to impose a regime of censorship and speech control that would have made even former president Obama green with envy.
It’s hard for me to keep believing that some nebulous “big government” is the problem when I see this level of advanced cultural and institutional rot. It seems to me that the problem is that totalitarian socialists run the government and most other major insitutitions now, not that government and these institutions are in and of themselves intrinsic evils.