In the age of globalism and the “anywhere” millennials, companies are the new nations. They have turnover that dwarfs the GDP of mid-size countries, are active players in geopolitics and command loyalty that, among some staff and devotees, is more powerful than patriotism.
So it is no surprise that independent and critical minds are also judging these companies by the same standards expected of responsible nations.
Writer Robert Tracinski this week published a swipe at Google becoming a “police state” that targets its “ideological enemies”. It is sparked by former employee James Damore’s lawsuit claiming discrimination against conservatives, and delves deep into the company’s dark “political conformity”.
The piece is published in the Federalist, which itself has been targeted by Google, so it is understandable that Tracinski focuses on the monolithic search engine and data miner. But he could just as easily have targeted Twitter, which this week was revealed to be staffed by people who stockpile deleted messages and offer to work with outside agencies to discredit the people they oppose. People like Donald Trump, for example.
Tracinski’s conclusion warrants reading. These companies might seem formidable and beyond the censure of any single law enforcement agency, but there is one force that they cannot control. Read his optimistic prediction here.