Big Tech Consolidating Power And Profits As Small Firms Deemed 'Unessential' Are Shut DownChris Menahan
Apr. 27, 2020
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Big Tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google are seizing unprecedented power and consolidating profits during the coronavirus crisis while less politically connected small businesses deemed "unessential" are being forcibly shut down.
The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post on Monday detailed the disturbing power shift in as muted a way as possible in an article titled, "Tech giants are profiting -- and getting more powerful -- even as the global economy tanks."
From The Washington Post:
Tech titans spent much of the last year playing defense, fending off dozens of federal and state antitrust investigations and a public wary of their power.No doubt we'll find out in the coming months or years after the pandemic is over that these surveillance tools are being used to spy on Americans.
The pace of the probes against these companies has slowed as regulators and lawyers are forced to work from home. Emboldened tech lobbyists are fighting to delay the enforcement of a new privacy law this summer in California, saying they can't comply by the July deadline due to the upheaval.The future Silicon Valley has been building is an Orwellian dystopia where you can lose your bank account and ability to buy and sell for having the wrong political beliefs.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Post left out of their report the fact that Big Tech has been ramping up their Orwellian censorship to a ten.
Just last week, dozens of media outlets picked up a report from the self-described "intelligence" company Graphika which whined about so-called "right-wing media disinformation" related to the coronavirus, pushed for more censorship and praised Twitter for banning Zero Hedge.
Their report complained about right-wing media dominating coverage of the coronavirus in early January and February (before eventually being drowned out by legacy media outlets) but failed to point out how the legacy media ignored the story or insisted it was "just the flu" and complained the real threat from the virus was a potential epidemic of "xenophobia" and "anti-Chinese racism."
Graphika has been working with shills like the Atlantic Council's Ben Nimmo and pushing a neocon agenda supporting regime change efforts in Russia, China and Iran while releasing papers manufacturing the case for mass censorship here in America.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the Intercept's Glenn Greenwald recently this crisis has been exploited the same as 9/11 with the media inducing a panic to justify our civil liberties being stripped away.
"That moment of intense, instantly transmissible fear is what happened to us in 9/11," Snowden said. "It's what happens to us in the lead up to every war. It's what happens to us, whenever the government is trying to start a campaign to gather new authorities, they say, you know, we're gonna protect you from roving gangs, we're going to protect the children, we're gonna do whatever we can. And that moment, that window of vulnerability, where rationality goes out of the window, goes out of the room, we are all susceptible to it. And that is what we are seeing now."
Combine this with the $6 trillion coronavirus bailout rammed through congress that Rep. Thomas Massie predicted would be the "largest wealth transfer from taxpayers to the super rich [in history]" and you have a recipe for unprecedented wealth concentration at a time of mass unemployment.
We're entering what may be the greatest revolutionary moment in a century and millions of Americans are sitting at home for the first time in their lives with nothing to distract them and studying how we've been railroaded and robbed of our futures by our criminal ruling oligarchs.
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