How Liberalism Will Kill Google and Facebook

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Facebook’s, Google’s, and Apple’s flirtations with President Obama are just the latest example of how American businesses die.  To be sure, Facebook, Google and Apple are a long way from death.  But once they begin dancing to the tune of the government flute, it is only a matter of time before they become obsolete.

The growth of government – and the threat of government involvement in industry – has eventually crippled virtually every major industry in America over the past century and a half.  Businesses are started by entrepreneurs; when they grow successful, government intervenes to take its pound of flesh; entrepreneurs respond by parlaying with government, hamstringing their own businesses in an attempt to government wrath.  Those businesses gradually become decrepit, dependent on the whims of the capricious Washington D.C. deities.  Overseas competitors begin to compete, and the now-slow-moving businesses require government subsidies to survive.  This is how businesses turn from American assets into American sinkholes.

Almost every industry since the railroads has undergone this horrific decay from pure capitalism to corporatism to irrelevance.  James J. Hill, the man who built the Great Northern Railroad, derided government aid, explaining, “The government should not furnish capital to these companies, in addition to their enormous land subsidies, to enable them to conduct their business in competition with enterprises that have received no aid from the public treasury.”  As Thomas DiLorenzo brilliantly documents here, Hill started off as a grocery clerk, then worked in a variety of industries before pooling his cash with several partners to enter the world of the railroads.  His business model was a paradigm of pure capitalism.  Teddy Roosevelt’s trust-busting converted the railroad industry into a shell of its former self, and converted its “robber baron” leaders into public villains.  Now today, President Obama tells us that we must publicly fund rail systems so as to compete with the Chinese.

In the oil industry, the Rockefellers of the early 20th century gave way to the heavily regulated firms of today – and not coincidentally, the foreign oil dependence that now shapes our foreign and domestic politics.

In the automobile industry, Henry Ford entrepreneurialism gave way to government-supported unionization, subsidization, and finally, bankruptcy.

When President Obama praises the fact that we are “the nation that puts cars in driveways and computers in offices,” he neglects to mention that we are also the government that kills the car industry and ships the computer industry overseas; when he lionizes us as “the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers,” he ignores the fact that Edison has given way to government-sponsored GE, a company whose stock fluctuates with each presidential press conference; when he effervesces over Google and Facebook, he blithely overlooks the fact that his own intervention will help make those companies archaic before their time.

This is what liberalism does to industry.  It kills it.  Industries would be wise to acknowledge that inevitability before committing to the dark road of corporatism.

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  • kafir4life

    I'm praying that in 650 days, 11 hours, and an odd number of minutes that we'll be putting this national nightmare behind us.

    One thing I never understood that libs would say in 2008, but now I get it. "Nobody could be worse than what's in there now.

    • Chezwick_mac

      Yep. That was a refrain I kept hearing myself: "it couldn't possibly get any worse."

      I kept telling them how naive they were…how, even amidst recession and war, we were still so far from bottom we couldn't conceptualize it, much less see it. After two years of Barry, it's much easier to conceptualize.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Big business and big government have always shared a bed. The American electorate loves it, demands it and votes out anyone who objects to it.

    Barry Goldwater denounced it and lost in a landslide. Richard Nixon endorsed it, expanded it and turned the economy into a shambles but to this day no Republican will damn Nixon for it. Ronald Reagan never even saw it. George HW Bush expanded it, his son blew it up to incredible proportions saying that he had to violate free market principles in order to save the free market.

    All of these men are what made Barack Obama possible. Yet despite the economic carnage committed by the Obama administration the Republican leading the polls is Mitt Romney, the godfather of ObamaCare and the only man alive who would be a worse president than Obama. When Mitt Romney gets the nomination the best thing that could happen to America would be a meteor strike in DC.

    The Tea Party? Don't make me laugh. They want spending cuts but not for defense, social security or medicare. So where will you get a trillion dollars in cuts? Planned Parenthood? National Public Radio? The National Endowment for the Arts?

    The Democrats succeeded in getting the social conservatives to concentrate their energies on symbolic cuts. That split the Tea Parties in half. The libertarians were demoralized and the social conservatives were defeated as there were no cuts in the programs they opposed. The Democrats just dealt a death blow to the Tea Parties and no one even noticed it.

    Americans love to hate big business. They vote for anyone who says they'll "make big business pay" even if their campaigns are funded by Goldman Sachs executives. This is the way of the Third World kleptocracies. Americans are about to learn what life is like in those places as the US becomes the People's Republic of America.

    • Jim

      Big business pays for the campaigns of the Republican politicians all the way from the embryonic stage ,through primaries and general elections. Business pays for the lobbyists that write the bills that congressmen must sign. Big business finances the think tanks that create rationalizations that enable Big business to convince the public and others..
      Through their power they engineered Meg Whitman into place as candidate for California's governor. She ran on the open border platform that business advocates and lost. The polls showed her opponent, a closed border advocate, in the primary would win the general election but Big Business barged Meg Whitman through any way. Result a small percentage that had voted for Arnold stayed home.
      He who has the gold makes the rules…….but not always unless they wanted Brown for governor.

  • wingwiper

    To: Reason For Life, author Charles Murray is in the process of documenting a number of demographics which, to me, frighteningly bolster the viewpoint which Leftist strategists in cold windowless rooms (or on junkets to Rio) have apparently seen come to fruition among the "working class."

  • sedoanman

    Anyone catch John Stossel's program, "Freeloaders"? He relates the story of Microsoft which made a $100 million profit one year but spent nothing for lobbying. The following year, the government hit it with an antitrust lawsuit. Though it loves to demonize big business, it's a cash cow government loves to milk.

    • Rifleman

      I missed the show but I remember the Microsoft shakedown when it happened. When MS started donating lots of money to the dp every year, the suit was just dropped. It was as blatant as wild bill's use of the IRS to go after people and organizations critical of him and his administration.

  • waterwillows

    It would be wise for these people to remember the right swing in the country and not get all caught up in empty threats. All muslims love to grandstand, right to the end.

  • Phillip Galey

    Yeah but, I think rather, that, it's the individual private citizen, who prefers to waste his leisure, who is at fault—of course, he can't keep ahead of the governmental bloc, . . .

  • RICK T

    someone will start a conservitive type fb

  • Jim_C

    We NEED big business. We NEED corporations. They are integral for our financial health. They are integral for growth and innovation. But we NEED to expect them to pay taxes for the privilege–yes, privilege–of operating in the United States.

    We don't NEED them to essentially rewrite laws for themselves. This requires yet more laws to undo. We don't NEED them exercising undue influence on foreign policy–this gets us tangled up in extremely expensive overseas boondoggles. We don't NEED them funding our elections. We don't NEED them to be treated legally as individuals (this would technically make them sociopaths). Instead of contributing to our financial health, they are actually siphoning wealth to themselves. And since they own all the major media outlets, they have us squabbling over scraps.

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