In today’s world, it is often popular for politicians to blame “Big Business” for the ills of our country rather than accept the blame themselves. While it is undoubtedly true that the government should be completely divorced from the economy (thus removing even the possibility for “Big Business” to have any influence over the government to create legislation and subsidies for itself in the first place), what is often forgotten is that corporations are sometimes the victim, and not always the petitioner, of interventionist economic policies.
In particular, Google Inc. has recently been the target of antitrust legislation for the sake of “consumer rights,” completely disregarding the incredible benefit individuals receive from Google’s products (not to mention Google’s rights and the rights of Google’s users).
In this article, I explain the inherent moral contradictions within our government’s “antitrust” attitude while simultaneously remembering the shared fault that Google has in bringing this initiation of government force against itself:
After attacking Google for the production of its Android operating system, bundling that system with its existing search features, and having the ability to “give away Android for ‘less than free’” (11), the government firmly states the following: “Google’s tactics result in real harm to consumers in the form of deception, increased prices, and less innovation” (12). Personally, I think this a typo on the part of the Subcommittee on Antitrust; they accidentally placed “Google” where the word “Government” should be.
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