The Evil Empire Will Fall

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I’ve been trying to decide how to review Senator Josh Hawley’s book, The Tyranny of Big Tech. He wrote it because he thought we need to do something about it before we’re all enslaved.

Why was I confused? He says Congress has to do this, Congress has to do that, etc. All well and good. But he also says Big Tech has infinite wealth and can buy off all of Congress if it has to and still have plenty left for birthday presents.

While I was talking with my editor on the phone this morning, it hit me.

It doesn’t matter whether Hawley succeeds or fails to mobilize Congress! He’s a U.S. senator, they have to take him seriously. They tried to prevent publication of his book–and failed. That’s gotta hurt. So yes, they’re going to take him seriously. They’re going to try and shut him down. Just wait’ll he runs for re-election. He’ll be suffocated by Big Tech’s money.

Yeahbut, yeahbut! It’s not Sen. Hawley who’s going to take them down. By standing up to Big Tech as he has, Hawley has made himself a target. He’s got their full attention.

But while they’re busy trying to knock him into yesterday, who knows who else might be sneaking up on them? Yo, Zuckerberg–you guys have made a lot of enemies. Playing God is a sucker’s game. Sooner or later God’s going to send some little thing, or some little persons that you never noticed, to cut you down.

When the Lord stops laughing at you, sunshine… it’s over.

10 comments on “The Evil Empire Will Fall

  1. I haven’t read the book yet, so this is addressing what you say of it rather than the book itself: I never put much trust in proposed solutions that depend on government action. First of all, good luck on trying to get a Democrat-heavy Congress to limit Democrat agendas. Second, good luck on getting ANY government entity, regardless of party, to put limits on government power or the power of its corporate partners and other lobbyists. Third — as we’ve recently been reminded — even if something constructive does get done under one administration, whether by legislation or by executive order, it can just as easily be reversed by the next administration. And fourth, even asking government for help is self-defeating, because dependence on government to solve our problems is itself part of the problem.

    1. I think the most important contribution Hawley has made has been to demonstrate that Big Tech is scared… of something. We have to find out what that is.

  2. That’s a good point. It’s not within the power of humans to correct this, but it is within God’s power. Pride goes before a fall, and the people seeking to exploit others by means of technology will have no more success than the builders of the Tower of Babel.

    Perhaps more apt, would be the examples of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. Nebuchadnezzar was boasting of his power when struck with 7 years of madness, Belshazzar was at the peak of his power when he got the word that he had been weighed in the balances and found wanting. These were powerful men, whom ruled vast empires, yet our Creator had no problem limiting their power, when His time came to act.

    The hegemony of Big Tech is, at best, shaky. Actually, the entire world of tech has significant vulnerabilities. Right now, ransom ware is a major threat and it could cause huge problems in the future. This is what caused the recent pipeline shutdown. For all of their wealth and all of their cleverness, the Big Tech companies are not immune to the same threats that all computer operators face.

    1. Well, they’ve suppressed a lot of conservative blog traffic, maybe the least of their crimes, but a major PITA for me. They need their karma leveled. Somebody big needs to go to jail.

    2. There are other platforms. The big names in Big Tech will have their story arc, then fade and be replaced. It’s inevitable.

  3. Unknowable has a good point. I’ve been thinking about the same thing lately. I’m old enough to remember the old DOS days in computer land, in particular the way WordPerfect supposedly “owned” word processing and Borland supposedly “owned” databases with its dBase program. Then suddenly, along came FoxBase in DOS databases, and then came the Windows programs (Word, Access, etc.), and by now I doubt whether anyone except aging database aficionados even knows what dBase was. For that matter, I’m sure people under 60 don’t even know what DOS was. For that matter, too, does anyone remember the different brands of typewriters?

    The only problem I can see with this analogy is that all the previous advances (or changes, if you think some of those changes weren’t for the better) in technology took place when we still had truly free enterprise, more lightly regulated and, ironically, less dependent on the “advanced” technology.

    But as Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart; I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33) So we live in hope, and “Our hope is in the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Ps. 124)

    1. Well said.
      I also think we’ve been given a challenge: whether to trust and believe in God, or not. We have to make a choice.

    2. There are bright spots. In Britain, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has created a platform which uses a very modest processor and simple hardware to run Linux. For somewhere between $50 and $120, one can build a home computer that is more than adequate. (This assumes that you already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse laying around, which is a safe assumption for many people.) The idea was to make it possible for a family of modest means to provide a computer for a child. I have two of these and was able to buy one for a relative in need.

      Besides providing a very good platform for computing, it allows someone to learn the Linux operating system, which is a lot less annoying (to my way of thinking) than Windows, which is about as commercialized as an operating system can become annoying, to say the least. (Using Windows can be like living next door to a pushy salesman that continuously needles you to spend money.) Linux experience can be very valuable in the job market.

      I include this example as a bright spot in the tech world. Computer technology can bring many positive things to society. For example, computers have changed the way telephones operate dramatically, and for the better. 20 years ago, I had made a grand total of 2 international phone calls, but these days, international calls are a daily event for me and this allows me to solve problems more quickly and efficiently. It’s a good thing.

      The WorldWide Web has changed the marketplace dramatically. This has been a mixed blessing, because locally owned businesses can be negatively affected, but the flip side is that consumers have access to more product information and to a wider variety of products. I recently had to find an obscure plumbing part and the Internet was the hero of the day. No one locally had any idea what brand of fixture I was dealing with, but one photograph and a few minutes of Internet searching led directly to finding the part I needed and a big problem was tamed and resolved easily.

      The technology is not, in and of itself, the problem. Misuse of the information generated by technology is a problem. Here’s where it gets murky; because some people volunteer to give out a lot of private information without any compulsion whatsoever. I’m no fan of the big social media sites, but I am puzzled that people complain about these sites, yet continue to put Personally Identifiable Information on the very sites they complain about. I fully understand that Facebook is a necessary reality in the business world and I don’t criticize anyone for using this media as a way of promoting their business or product. However, using Facebook as a way to share PERSONAL information strikes me as very poor judgment. If people quit using Facebook in this way, it would lose much of its power. The complaints that many have regarding Facebook are senseless, because many of the people that complain are the very ones feeding it, by using it as a way to share personal information. This makes about as much sense as complaining about having too many birds in your yard while you are refilling your bird feeder.

      So, as much as I disdain some of these tech oligarchs, in my opinion they are merely opportunists whom have been empowered by a populace that willingly played into their hands. People complain endlessly about the news media, but dutifully tune in every night and feed very media they complain about. Complaining about Social Media is much the same; people bemoan intrusion of privacy from these sites, but they dutifully logon and post their daily activities, so they have no one to blame but themselves.

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