Richard (RJ) Eskow, a fellow of the Campaign for America’s Future, a project of George Soros, has issued a bold call for nationalizing Google and Amazon.
There is no doubt to any thinking Socialist that both companies would no doubt benefit from being nationalized and the vast improvements and service that would result from all those overpaid engineers and executives fleeing to be replaced by union members.
Just imagine your Google searches taking only four to eight weeks to complete.
Or Amazon charging you twice as much for your orders to subsidize free contraceptives for all customers.
But we’re ignoring the elephant in the room. Forget nationalizing Google or Amazon. It’s time to nationalize Salon. And while we’re at it, let’s nationalize Slate, Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and MSNBC.
Once they’re nationalized, they will be refocused on serving underserved communities by providing timely information about good nutrition, the history of the Underground Railroad and fun facts about highways. They would also contain announcements about upcoming contracts and transcripts of Congressional debates.
While they might lose some readers, by no longer being bound by the profit motive and the pageview counter, they would be free to make a genuine contribution to our society.
Maybe one day we can nationalize Google. Let’s start by nationalizing Salon.