(From The Spectator)
Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one of the curious trends of recent years that big business, once considered the enemy of ‘the Left’, is now its greatest proponent; or at least the dominant strain of Leftism, social justice liberalism.
Silicon Valley is the most extreme example of this, an industry that is young, dynamic and universally socially liberal; but elsewhere most politically interested billionaires in the West tend to be more liberalthan the population, whether it’s George Soros funding various social justice causes or other Democrat-supporting moguls…
…Virtue signalling is cheap, and ‘tolerance’ is easy when it costs you precisely nothing; as long as you give lip service to diversity and equality, much of the Left will overlook how you actually behave and will concentrate their rage on small bakeries, whereas in the past they might have focused on wages or the treatment of producers.
The author comes close, but he misses the most important part. Big Government and Big Business go hand in hand. Government helps shut out competition for established industry players, is happy to shell out tax dollars to friends in the “private sector” who then funnel money back to politicians and the political class, and insulates the highest rungs of industry from real scrutiny. (The author does sort of mention this.)
And remember, no monopoly can really survive without protection from the government. History has shown us this. Big government is a key part of corporatism.