I agree with breaking up the Big Tech monopolies.
Can a lone U.S. senator break up the Big Tech monopolies though? Wouldn’t this necessarily require reaching a consensus on the issue in the Republican Party and conservatives getting over their romanticization of free-market ideology? Hawley has been pushing this issue for years. Yes, it is great that he is doing it, but it went nowhere even when Republicans controlled the Senate. Instead, the Senate passed Mike Lee’s visa bill to REWARD Big Tech with more cheap labor from India.
In theory, Amazon, Apple, Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are separate companies. This hasn’t stopped Big Tech from acting as a progressive cabal to censor populist and nationalist speech though on behalf of Joe Biden, the Democratic Party and interest groups like the ADL. You could also say that CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and MSNBC are competitors, but does that stop them from being ideologically captured, pushing the same narrative and acting as a progressive cabal that controls television?
Hawley says in this interview that Theodore Roosevelt ultimately became a statist who wanted to regulate these natural monopolies as public utilities. Isn’t that the real solution though? Isn’t that why progressives are blocked from deplatforming their political enemies from, say, telephone service?