Klavan: Remember When The Left Hated Big Business?

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Remember the days when the Left used to hate big business? Those days are long gone, with companies like Apple, Google and Facebook working in concert to further left-wing causes. Why did this happen? Andrew Klavan breaks it all down on Wednesday's episode of "The Andrew Klavan Show."

"The Left used to understand that corporations are power centers, and therefore prone to abuse their power," said Klavan. "The Left used to be all about this! Not so long ago, remember, when the occupy movement was dumping litter all over the streets of America, they were sitting there going ‘the evil corporations!’ We used to laugh at them because they were on their iPhones, using Google and sending text messages. All these things they were using came from corporations."

He added, "Of course, corporations are wonderful, there’s nothing inherently wrong with corporations, there’s something inherently wrong with great concentrations of power."

Klavan pointed out that while the Right is trying to get information out, the Left wants to gin up an emotional response to information in order to convince people to give up more individual rights. With the concentration of informational power living at Silicon Valley, Klavan believes this why the Left is suddenly supportive of big business.

"Information is all about emotionalism, and so is Leftism," he said. "Leftism is about getting people to panic so that they surrender power."

Klavan explained, "That is why these things like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, which are monopolies essentially, monopolies of information, are getting out of control and starting to abuse their power. These are big corporations silencing people – individual people – deeming their opinions hateful."

"That’s just a decree, not an actual description of anything, from a very powerful person like Tim Cook, just him decreeing that those voices of individuals will be crushed and silenced by his corporation," he explained. "I think we should definitely look at the way these things are governed. If they’re governed as platforms they should let everybody speak – because they can’t be sued, they’re getting a benefit from us."

Video and transcript below:

The Left used to understand that corporations are power centers, and therefore prone to abuse their power. The Left used to be all about this! Not so long ago remember, when the occupy movement was dumping liter all over the streets of America, they were sitting there going “the evil corporations!” We used to laugh at them because they were on their iPhones, using Google and sending text messages.

All these things they were using came from corporations. Of course, corporations are wonderful, there’s nothing inherently wrong with corporations, there’s something inherently wrong with great concentrations of power. Something inherently corrupting with great concentrations of power – as Lord Acton, the great historian of freedom, said – “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

So why did the Left forget this? Because we shifted from a manufacturing economy to an information economy. In the old days, corporations used to be more right-wing – why? Because a manufacturing economy is about physical objects, and selling objects, and conservative principles apply. You can make a car and sell it on TV by draping a half-naked woman across it – and I hope you do – but once I buy the car, if it breaks down, I’m gonna dump the half-naked women by the side of the road and turn in the car and get a better one.

One of the reasons that Detroit fell apart, and the American car industry fell apart, was because it was so wealthy it thought it could just give everything to the unions, and the unions thought they could take everything, and ultimately the conservative principles destroyed that manufacturing center. Because if you make a product, you have to make a good product, competition is important – it makes your product better – all the things we talk about with capitalism – it all helps when you’re a manufacturer.

Information is inherently an emotional industry. You can say “information is all about numbers” – but which information do you turn to first? Do you turn to the article with all the 17 percent of this and 87 percent of that – or do you turn to an article that says somebody destroys the Left? Information is all about emotionalism, and so is leftism. Leftism is about getting people to panic so that they surrender power.

It’s important to remember that as right-wingers, the problem is the concentration of power, it’s not the philosophy. The concentration of power affects all people the same. People are not good or bad, in every movement there are good and bad people, in every movement there are people who’s intentions are good, and people who are good. Obviously, there are movements that are so inherently evil that no good person would join them, but in most movements, there are people who are decent. But, all of those people are going to go over a range of morality, and all of them are corruptible by power. That is why our founders said we are going to put the power centers off each other. That is why these things like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, which are monopolies essentially, monopolies of information, are getting out of control and starting to abuse their power.

These are big corporations silencing people – individual people – deeming their opinions hateful. That’s just a decree, not an actual description of anything, from a very powerful person like Tim Cook, just him decreeing that those voices of individuals will be crushed and silenced by his corporation. I think we should definitely look at the way these things are governed. If they’re governed as platforms they should let everybody speak – because they can’t be sued, they’re getting a benefit from us.

This is the thing that we as conservatives are trying to conserve. We’re trying to conserve the idea of playing power centers off each other. When we see, for instance, Congress losing its power to unelected bureaucrats, we say that’s a bad thing, because Congress is supposed to be a central power that plays off against the President and Judiciary. We see the Judiciary being used to make law, no matter what the law is we should say “no”, that’s not their job, they should play referee. When we see the President acting out of his role and using executive actions to do what the legislature should do, we know that something is wrong. We are trying to conserve this idea of power.

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