C148 Life, liberty & property and John Locke

John Locke was an English philosopher who is called the “Father of Liberalism.” 1 While the epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always been defined by The Second Treatise of Government :  the defense of the individual’s rights against an abusive government. His philosophy was pegged to both a representative government and the importance of individual property rights.

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    While the epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always been defined by The Second Treatise of Government :  the defense of the individual’s rights against an abusive government.

Harmeet Dhillon vs. Silicon Valley Giants

Dhillion has gotten a lot of recent press because of defense of whistleblowers vs Big Tech which she terms as the most prevalent threat to our liberties. William Barre and the Department of Justice agreed and have filed a suit against Google on those grounds. The current AG is not the first to file suit against Google.

In 2012, the FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, a Democrat, offered the search engine giant a plea deal over allegedly anti-competitive practices that would likely have protected it from its current legal dispute with the DOJ, but Leibowitz’s offer was resoundingly rejected.

Recently this came to the fore, again, with Google denying Claremont College, Claremont, California, the use of their platform. Since Google owns 87% of the search market that is major hit against the College and cried FOUL.. Google later reversed itself and said it was a mistake.

Tucker Carlson Show

Tucker Carlson interviewed her on the issue asking “How many times have we heard this from some big tech company or another when caught silencing conservatives?” [fmn] I do not have cable so I can only catch things on YouTube. I heard of this story through the Claremont Review of Books. [/fmn]

Dhillon replied: “Well we hear it every other day and Tucker, I am not delusional. People are actually discriminating against conservatives every other day in this way and they’re gas-lighting us by saying ‘oh it was just a mistake, you imagined that.”

Google, Facebook as utilities

This highlights the problem that many see that Google, Facebook, Tumblr are not private platforms but public utilities like the electric, water and gas companies (the telephone company, AT&T and its subsidiaries, once fell into this hole but was broken up in 1984); this debate is far from over.

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