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The Spartacus Versus Fauxahontas Cage Match

Spartacus on Tech Companies
The worst thing Democrat presidential candidates can say about one another is, “You’re just like Trump” or “That’s something Trump would do,” or “That sounds more like a Donald Trump thing to say.”

So, you know things are getting down to serious policy difference between Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Elizabeth “Fauxahontas” Warren (D-MA) when Booker took a shot at fellow Democratic presidential contender over her call to break up large technology companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl on "This Week," Booker said to do so "sounds more like a Donald Trump thing to say."

According to the transcript of the interview posted by Tim Hains of Real Clear Politics, Booker started jacking it with Warren this way:

KARL: So, I want to ask you, Chris Hughes who helped co-found Facebook has now come out to say that it should be broken up. he says that it is unprecedented and un-American to have this much power in one company. Where do you stand on breaking up Facebook?

BOOKER: I don't care if it's Facebook, the pharma industry, even the agricultural industry. We've had a problem in America with corporate consolidation, that is having really ill effects.

And we should have -- if I’m president of the United States, I will have the Justice Department that uses antitrust legislation to do the proper investigations and to hold industries accountable for corporate consolidation.

KARL: So Elizabeth Warren's already out there saying break up Facebook, break up Google, break up Amazon.

BOOKER: But I don't think that a president should be running around, pointing at companies and saying breaking them up without any kind of process here.

It's not me and my own personal opinion about going after folks. That sounds more like a Donald Trump thing to say, I'm going to break up you guys, I’m gonna break – no.

We need to create systems and processes that work --

KARL: You just compared Elizabeth Warren to Donald Trump.

BOOKER: I most certainly did not, she is my friend.

KARL: Well, that’s what she’s saying. She’s the one that’s saying that.

BOOKER: Well again, she has -- let her discuss and debate her positions. I'm telling you right now, we do not need a president that is going to use their own personal beliefs and tell you which companies we should break up. We need a president that's going to enforce antitrust laws in this country, and I will be that person.

Far be it from us to stop two candidates at the bottom of the Democrat primary polls from tearing each other down, but at the risk of helping Senator Warren by defending her against Booker – and thereby probably hurting her in the Democrat primary – she’s the only Democrat running for President who Is talking about real world policy – the rest of them are all just talking about what a bum Trump is.

And in this case, Senator Warren is right, or at least righter than Booker is on the policy.

Current anti-trust law was written long before and gives government few tools to hold the tech lords in check, or even accountable, for their anti-competitive actions.

And Congress has given social media a pass from much-needed regulation by allowing the dominant social media companies to escape much of the self-regulation of the market by allowing them to claim to be neutral platforms, rather than subjecting them to the libel standards and other legal obligations imposed upon publishers and media companies.

Even though Facebook itself has argued it is a publisher, and a company that makes editorial decisions, which are protected by the First Amendment.

Eric Goldman, a Santa Clara University law professor, said it was frustrating to see Facebook publicly deny that it was a publisher in some contexts but then claim it is a publisher as a defense in court.

“It’s politically expedient to deflect responsibility for making editorial judgements by claiming to be a platform,” he said, adding, “But it makes editorial decisions all the time, and it’s making them more frequently.”

Facebook may be resistant to embrace its role as a publisher due to stricter laws and regulations outside of the US that could cause the company trouble, Goldman said.

Wow, a tech company trying to evade laws and regulations in the globalist economy, who could have imagined such a thing?

Then again, according to our analysis of data published by Wired magazine, this may be just good old-fashioned New Jersey pay to play politics. According to an October 2018 article by Joanna Pearlstein, “US senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) appears to be Silicon Valley’s most popular politician, at least according to tech workers’ political contributions. Two of Booker’s fundraising committees took in a combined $126,000” from the tech industry.

So, we say give Elizabeth Warren at least a little credit – she may be a fake Indian, but she’s no do-boy for the tech lords, like Booker is.

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