Corporate Trusts have developed in the United States which have stretched their power. Not only were these trusts allowed to form, but these actors hold internal and foreign government contracts making politicians unwilling to engage with them. In the 2016 US Election, the DNC elected Hillary Clinton and the GOP elected Jeb Bush, the DNC censored Bernie Sanders and the GOP got trumped in their own party by — Trump. Since the US election there has been a hyper inflation of internet regulation and the control of digital exchange of information by governments and corporations.
The collective nature of Corporatism and Government is text book fascism/ marxism. Hitler himself mentions his admirations of the corporation as a means of enforcing the collective in his Programme of the NSDAP.
We demand the nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations (trusts). — Adolf Hitler. Point 13. Programme of the NSDAP, 24 February 1920
Thank god corporations haven’t been recognized as public utilities — yet that’d be a Fascist dream come true.
25. To put the whole of this programme into effect, we demand the creation of a strong central state power for the Reich; the unconditional authority of the political central Parliament over the entire Reich and its organizations; and the formation of Corporations based on estate and occupation for the purpose of carrying out the general legislation passed by the Reich in the various German states. — Adolf Hitler. Point 25. Programme of the NSDAP, 24 February 1920
History does not repeat, but it does rhyme. The exchange of information and value is how civilization moves, including it’s politics. Extreme Collectives don’t have to physically oppress their opposition such as Hitler’s Purge (The Night of the Long Knives) or Stalin’s Purge (The Great Purge). People have largely digitized their social lives and the power of the internet can give anyone a platform.
Today, someone’s cat video can get more hits in a day than a major cable news network could get in a week. This means someone’s political conversation can trump the corporation and their elitist share holders, ironically on their platforms.
This week’s political purges have been collective corporate action to remove radio host and film maker, Alex Jones. According to the New York Times, these Corporations, as a group, discussed politically charged action to remove Alex Jones from their platforms.
For weeks, the Facebook chief executive and his colleagues had debated what to do about Infowars — New York Times
Corporations aren’t entirely done trying to virtue their censorship of Alex.
Big Tech Corporations have applied machine learning mechanisms to search for content and take action. Many users have become victim to demonization on YouTube, banned on Facebook or Instagram, and Twitter for arguably unjustified reasons. Sometimes it could be having certain words in your postings or messages that triggered an event. This naturally compels people to self censor themselves on these platforms to avoid possible deplatforming, besides the few Corporate controlled platforms are the only ones to really market a business anyway.
Don’t get me started on the UK and EU. Today you can get charged for a hate crime by sharing a fucking Facebook link in the UK and get the secret police raiding your apartment in Germany for questioning the migrant crisis on social media. UK Police even have a Twitter policing force!
Developing in the Era of Censorship
Microsoft Azure recently threatened to remove Gab.ai from their services. If you don’t know what Azure is, it’s a service that developers can use to help develop applications and cloud services. In the crypto currency development community, this is particularly fucked up since Microsoft, Azure, and Google host a huge amount of blockchain projects that can easily be meddled with by corporate or government action through the corporation. If Microsoft can threaten Gab.ai for a post on their social media website, then surely using Corporate based development services could put your platform at risk.
Developing platforms obviously involves users and the EU has made laws that the UN has forced upon other countries to abide by. Today, the EU has authority to extradite a US citizen to the EU for internet court. Article 13 by the EU proposed all internet uploads to go through a filter… That’d certainly effect how you create an app lol. In the soon future these internet laws will require a license to code and lawyer because creating a app will get so legalese only Corporation could keep up. Arguable already true.
The Legal Demise
When a news paper company has a journalist defame someone in their newspaper, the publishing company can be sued. When someone posts a suicide video on Facebook, traumatizing children and emboldening psychopaths, the publishing company is immune?
No wonder why these Corporations want to make their services public utilities to escape accountability.