It is said that when Huey Long — an American socialist politician in the 1920s and 1930s — was first contemplating running for office, he gathered all the wealthy donors are warned:
Those of you who come in with me now will receive a big piece of the pie. Those of you who delay, and commit yourself later, will receive a small piece of the pie. Those of you who don’t come in at all will receive — good Government!
The only possible way to rationalize what Mark Zuckerberg has been doing in response to the movement to shut him down is that he’s under the delusion that he can get the pie. Hence why, at a Congressional hearing yesterday, Zuckerberg said the following:
I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators, which is why in March last year I called for regulation on harmful content, privacy, elections, and data portability. We stand ready to work with Congress on what regulation could look like in these areas. By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting society from broader harms. I would encourage this Committee and other stakeholders to make sure that any changes do not have unintended consequences that stifle expression or impede innovation.
Of course, the issue is that anti-trust is not an end but a means to an end. That end is ludditism, starting with the complete and total destruction of any and all forms of social media. Senator Josh Hawley directly admitted that back in May of 2019:
If we broke Facebook up into 50 Facebooks who all pursued the same business model, would our lives, our economy, our society be measurably improved?
People like this want Zuckerberg’s creation to be shutdown entirely, and they aren’t exactly shy about admitting it. They dislike the idea that people can communicate with others worldwide — instead preferring we go back to when people were unable to talk to those outside their neighborhood, as then it is much easier to dehumanize the people of whatever nation we’re at war with this week. Yet, Zuckerberg is constantly hoping against hope that he’ll be seen as one of the good ones — as if these people believe a good one exists. Zuckerberg has also endorsed regulation in the past, such as in March 2019 when he said the following in a statement:
The rules governing the internet allowed a generation of entrepreneurs to build services that changed the world and created a lot of value in people’s lives. It’s time to update these rules to define clear responsibilities for people, companies and governments going forward.
Zuckerberg has bent over backwards to these people, and they still hate him. These people are not going to settle until there is no Zuckerberg, and Zuckerberg simply refuses to understand that. Might I remind you, this all is happening less than a month after the House Committee on Anti-Trust spend eighteen months trying to find some evidence Zuckerberg was violating anti-trust laws, and couldn’t find a single example. How did these people respond? Well Attorney General Barr launched a new anti-trust lawsuit against “big tech” less than two weeks after that report came out!
This is because the goal is not merely enforcing the laws, nor is it even writing new laws to stop monopolies — the goal is the complete destruction of tech companies and the internet in general. And if Zuckerberg thinks he’s going to be able to reason with the unreasonable — he’s in for a rather rude awakening.