lol wut pic.twitter.com/DWyhH3z3vE— Odysee (@OdyseeTeam) April 18, 2021
I don’t know.
I think a bright line was crossed when Big Tech cancelled the president of the United States and tens of thousands of his followers in January. I think that woke up millions of people.
“Boundaries on acceptable speech aren’t new, and they’re not narrower today than in the past. …
Wokeness has particular economic power right now because corporations, correctly, don’t want to be seen as racist and homophobic, but imagine how social media would have supercharged the censorious dynamics that dominated right after 9/11, when even french fries were suspected of disloyalty. …
The rest of corporate America — and that includes my own industry — needs to think seriously about how severe a punishment it is to fire people under public conditions. When termination is for private misdeeds or poor performance, it typically stays private. When it is for something the internet is outraged about, it can shatter someone’s economic prospects for years to come. It’s always hard, from the outside, to evaluate any individual case, but I’ve seen a lot of firings that probably should have been suspensions or scoldings. …”
Tyler Cowen, the libertarian economist who is the author of Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero, thinks that we are going to regret the Republican breakup with Big Business. We’re going to miss all of the plutocrats and the neocons when they are gone.
“(Bloomberg Opinion) — As the author of a book-length love letter to big business, I have long viewed the Republican Party as more aligned with corporate America than are Democrats. That’s certainly the case from a rhetorical standpoint, and on policy as well: It was former President Donald Trump’s administration, after all, that pushed through a significant cut in the corporate income tax rate.
Yes, the real picture is much more complicated. Big business typically wants more high-skilled immigration, which Democrats tend to favor, and the Democratic Party at times has done more for free trade than have Republicans.
In any case, all that has changed. Many U.S. big businesses have sided with Democrats on some aspects of the culture wars, and leading members of the Republican Party have responded with vitriol. In the span of just a few years, they have gone from making apologies for big business to making threats against it. …”
Corporate America has sown and will reap the whirlwind.
The key assumption behind the economic power of wokeness is that corporations can wield their concentrated economic power to force social liberalism on the public and censor and micromanage our politics to advance the unpopular views of progressive activists WITHOUT blowing up the consensus on neoliberal economics on the Republican side. They essentially believe they can have their cake (the economic policy agenda which caters to their interests which they purchase with their donations to the GOP establishment) and eat it too (wielding power over state legislatures).
Note: Mitch McConnell did say that there would be severe consequences of continuing to go down this road. What did he mean by that?