I really haven’t written much here lately. Variety of reasons for that, but there’ll probably be more to come.
After Robby Soave’s findings about what Meta (read: FB, IG) did in the early months of the Biden Administration is very, very, very disturbing. (Story in case the Tweet thread disappears…) The Livestream is here.
After listening to the livestream, I’m a bit more sanguine. My initial reaction after seeing things unfolding earlier today was to return to my frequent instinct, and just leave.
The sanguinity comes in after watching Jeremy Borin’s response to Crowder.
I’ve paid for BlazeTV for a very long time. Somewhere my MIL has a photo of Glenn hugging a very fat me at a promotion where I’d gotten his phone working after I’d left the radio stations. My replacement at the stations and I got the job done….then he and Stu caught us smoking on the loading dock on the way out of the show. To be young and healthy…
Back on topic, after the “just leave” instinct kicked in big time when I noticed the order-taking from the government (the CDC).
Big tech shouldn’t be seeking direction. Even more, however, government shouldn’t be offering it. Even more importantly, government shouldn’t be giving it.
Speaks a bit to the difference between Rawlsian positive rights, and Lockian negative rights.
But a restriction on government kind of falls into the latter category. With the conclusion that government doesn’t work, you stop looking for it to succeed or fail at anything.
It’s there. It’s always going to be there. And, aside from breaking things, and killing people, it’s not going to ever do anything well.
As a consumer, you minimize your exposure to companies who seek government-like power. As a citizen, you try to restrain government whenever, wherever you can.
And you minimize where you can’t.
Sadly, I need to use some of the commercial tools. I’ll miss IG, but it’s going in the box again. So be it.
Tomorrow, Satureday, and Sunday, I’ll be trying to catch some talks from Shmoocon. I was really physically-exhausted after last year’s foray.
I’m also not spreading around as much cash between inflation, job uncertainty, and probably losing a not-insignificant amount of money dealing with a crypto company who’s likely reeling from FTX, etc..
But I can sit, watch, and write.