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Facebook Isn’t a “Monopoly” — Let’s Not Make it Into One

Facebook Isn’t a “Monopoly” — Let’s Not Make it Into One

  By Thomas L. Knapp Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, adding his voice to calls to “break up” the social media giant,  calls it a “powerful monopoly, eclipsing all of its rivals and erasing competition.” In recent years, we’ve seen similar claims, and heard demands for similar remedies, aimed at Google, Amazon, and other large companies. […]

On Obstruction, the Mueller Report is Clintonesque

On Obstruction, the Mueller Report is Clintonesque

  by Thomas L. Knapp On April 18, US Attorney William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the probe into “Russian meddling” in the 2016 presidential election. The report cleared President Donald Trump and his campaign team of allegations that they conspired with the Russian government in that meddling. But on the question […]

Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law

Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law

  by Thomas L. Knapp On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn.  Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country’s London embassy. British police immediately arrested him — supposedly pursuant to his “crime” of jumping bail on an invalid arrest warrant in an […]

The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive

The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Congressional Democrats and Republicans,” reports ProPublica, “are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.” Specifically, the  House Ways and Means Committee just advanced a bill perversely called the “Taxpayers First Act.”  If passed by Congress and signed into law, it would become illegal […]

The Gig Economy is What Yesterday’s Socialists Said They Wanted. Why do Today’s Socialists Hate it?

The Gig Economy is What Yesterday’s Socialists Said They Wanted. Why do Today’s Socialists Hate it?

  by Thomas L. Knapp A February Harris poll finds that 49.6% of Millennial and Generation Z Americans would “prefer living in a socialist country.” US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), among other politicians, proclaim a message of “democratic socialism,” evoking an ideology last ascendant in the early 1900s when […]

Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck

Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck

  by Thomas L. Knapp In a recent column on the mating dance between Big Government and Big Tech, I noted that “Big Tech wants to be regulated by Big Governments because regulation makes it more difficult and expensive for new competitors to enter the market.” Two days after I hit “publish” on that column, […]

Big Government and Big Tech Versus the Internet and Everyone

Big Government and Big Tech Versus the Internet and Everyone

  by Thomas L. Knapp Governments around the world began trying to bring the Internet under control as soon as they realized the danger to their power represented by unfettered public access to, and exchange of, information. From attempts to suppress strong encryption technology to the Communications Decency Act in the US and China’s “Great […]

Florida: Why Republican Lawmakers are Defying — and Denying — the Voter

Florida: Why Republican Lawmakers are Defying — and Denying — the Voter

  by Thomas L. Knapp In Florida’s November 2018 election, voters approved the following amendment to their state’s constitution: “Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from voting arising from a felony conviction shall terminate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or […]

Suppressing Discussion Doesn’t Solve the Problem. It is the Problem

Suppressing Discussion Doesn’t Solve the Problem. It is the Problem

  by Thomas L. Knapp Everywhere one looks these days, the world seems to be moving away from debate on contentious subjects and toward demands that those who have unpopular opinions — or even just ask impertinent questions — be forcibly silenced. “You will never hear me mention his name,”  prime minister Jacinda Ardern said […]

Social Media Companies “Struggle” to Help Censors Keep us in the Dark

Social Media Companies “Struggle” to Help Censors Keep us in the Dark

  by Thomas L. Knapp According to CNN Business, “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video.” “Deal with” is code for “censor on demand by governments and activist organizations who oppose public access to information that hasn’t first been thoroughly vetted for conformity to their preferred narrative.” Do you really […]

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