The never-ending battle against leftist social media autocracies — Twitter and Facebook, principal among them — continues, as conservatives; the prime targets of the mercurial wrath of Dorsey-Zuckerberg Inc., grapple with how best to put an end to their suppression and outright censorship of conservative content— not to mention their unbridled power.
A headline-making event last week only served to throw additional fuel on the fire.
As my RedState colleague Nick Arama reported last week, Republican lawmakers ratcheted up their call for the federal government to step in and break up Facebook after the Facebook Oversight Board upheld the social media giant’s indefinite ban on Donald Trump, despite also finding that an indefinite ban would violate Facebook’s own rules.
The board admonished Zuckerberg & Co. to “determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform.”
The oversight board gave Facebook six months to determine an equitable solution.
And now, Vivek Ramaswamy, author of “Woke Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” said on Monday that Trump could have a potentially “groundbreaking legal theory,” should he choose to take his Facebook ban all the way to the United States Supreme Court, if necessary — with the author strongly urging Trump to just that.
Before we continue with Trump’s potential case, here’s a snippet about “Woke Inc.” — via the “inimitable” Amazon:
The modern woke-industrial complex divides us as a people. By mixing morality with consumerism, America’s elites prey on our innermost insecurities about who we really are. They sell us cheap social causes and skin-deep identities to satisfy our hunger for a cause and our search for meaning, at a moment when we as Americans lack both.
This book not only rips back the curtain on the new corporatist agenda, it offers a better way forward. America’s elites may want to sort us into demographic boxes, but we don’t have to stay there.
“Woke, Inc.” begins as a critique of stakeholder capitalism and ends with an exploration of what it means to be an American in 2021—a journey that begins with cynicism and ends with hope.
As noted by Amazon, although not in glowing terms, as one (conservative) might guess, Ramaswamy appears to be uniquely qualified to weigh in and offer professional advice on “all of the above.” The child of immigrants grew up in a small town in Ohio, went on to found multibillion-dollar enterprises, led a biotech company as CEO, and became a hedge fund partner — in his 20s. Oh, and also “trained as a scientist at Harvard and a lawyer at Yale.”
In other words, this guy is hardly the “peer” of hacks like CNN’s Fredo and Donnie Lemón.
As reported by Fox News on Monday morning, Ramaswamy not only referred to the Facebook Advisory Board’s finding in the Trump ban case but also its “admonishment” of Zuckerville to come up with an “equitable” “permanent” solution within six months as little more than a “smokescreen” to create “an air of legitimacy.”
“I think that this self-criticism was just a veneer, it’s a smokescreen designed to create this air of legitimacy around their decision when in fact they did exactly what Mark Zuckerberg wanted to. They reinforced the decision that Facebook made.
“President Trump should take this case—not to Facebook’s sham corporate Supreme Court—he should take it to the real U.S. Supreme Court. And I actually think he has a potentially groundbreaking legal theory. Facts are on his side, where these companies aren’t like normal private companies.”
And by “aren’t like normal private companies,” Ramaswamy suggested what I and other conservative political writers have suggested, for years: As is the case with the liberal lapdog media, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter serve as little more than the state media of the Democrat Party — the primary difference being the plethora of people who post pictures of their cats and/or dogs on Facebook on a regular basis.
Ramaswamy identified a large part of the reason Facebook and Twitter have become the dregs of social-political discourse — or prostitution, whatever floats your boat.
“They’re effectively doing the bidding of Democrats in Congress who have threatened them with regulation and reprisal if they don’t go out and censor content that they as Democrats don’t want to see and they give them Section 230 immunity and go out and do it.”
Not to nitpick, but Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Pichai, et al. don’t behave as politically predisposed as they do, based solely on fear of reprisal from Congressional Democrats; they also espouse the same left-wing groupthink espoused by the lemming left, the “only” difference being Zuckerberg and Dorsey are among the most powerful people on the planet.
And as Ramaswamy effectively argues, the “stick and carrot” approach foisted on Big Tech by the Democrats turns “private action into “state-like action,” — a case, the author said, that Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has suggested he would be interested in hearing, based on the author’s recent opinion piece.
“So, that’s a combination of a stick and a carrot that turns this private action into really state-like action that’s governed by the First Amendment. Clarence Thomas threw down the gauntlet and said that he was interested in hearing the case in an opinion he wrote recently. I think Trump should take it all the way to the real U.S. Supreme Court.”
Here’s Ramaswamy discussing his “groundbreaking legal theory” during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
For grins — and satisfaction — check out my recent article, Black Woman Who Burned Alyssa Milano to a Crisp Is Back With Blowtorch for the ‘Woke’.