Jeffrey Tucker on The Stream asked a pretty good question: “What is the deal with all the strange attacks on business coming from Republicans and conservatives?”
Tucker, among other achievements a research fellow at the Acton Institute and writer for this fine e-magazine, deserves a good answer.
He wonders how President Trump could threaten “antitrust regulation against America’s most innovative company” Amazon, and how Steve Bannon could float “the idea that Facebook and Google should be treated like public utilities”. Tucker is also concerned that Trump “blasted American companies for outsourcing jobs.”
And how about how the Republican tax plan “would eliminate deductions for state and local taxes. That is going to hit Silicon Valley extremely hard, along with businesses and taxpayers in all the so-called Blue States. Some conservatives love this.”
They love it because the leadership of the majority tech companies are openly, publicly, even annoyingly, progressive. And these conservatives are with certain reservations pleased to see somebody in the same weight class punching back. Even if the only blows landed are tweets.
A good many citizens also cheered when Trump criticized and called for a boycott of another major business for its boorish behavior. A business which appears to be capitulating.
Tucker says “the right to do business unimpeded by target central government attacks is essential to free enterprise.” This is true. He also says “Gone is the idea of [government] leaving people alone”. That’s true, too.
Neither big business nor government can cease their embraces. But that’s not the worst of it.
So powerful has government become that citizens believe the government is the entity that should and must fix things—all things. Increasingly the people demand the government take care of them, and the government is happy to oblige.
Vanished is the idea that family, religion, and local societies were if not superior to top-level government, then they were at least co-equal. The State is now seen as the ultimate arbitrator of everything, including good and evil. Including even love. Just as Anthony Kennedy.
On Twitter a “verified” user said “Giving employers power to decide whether their employees [sic] medicine is covered is the least American thing I have ever heard of.”
Allowing the government the power to mandate employers give their employees free things is the least American thing I have ever heard of. Whatever gave people the idea that employers should give employees free things, with no strings attached, because the employers are employers and the employees are employees?
The government. It said, “I notice you pay this fellow to sweep the floors. You must also give him free pills and money when he is not working.”
“Because you are an employer.”