By Michael V. Wilson
When most people think of monopolies they think of financial monopolies in the world of business – the robber barons of yesteryear in smoky back rooms conspiring to rob people of their choice of railroads or something. While those types of monopolies certainly exist, and need to be fought, they're not the only monopolies. In addition to financial monopolies there are also political monopolies, religious monopolies, and social monopolies.
Before we look at them we need to understand that monopolies, by their very nature are inherently un-American. America is, by definition, a pluralistic country. Pluralism is “a theory that there is more than one basic substance or principle.” Let's take a look at some examples in four areas: financial, political, religious, and social.
Our business environment, known as the Free Enterprise System (not capitalism) is pluralistic in nature since there are multiple companies in every possible field competing for your business. Witness the ongoing rivalry between car companies such as Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, etc., or the cutthroat, head-to-head competition between Apple iPhones and Samsung Androids. The list goes on and on, extending to computers, dish detergents, clothing, furniture, even toothbrushes; in short, anything and everything you can buy or touch is for sale from multiple companies; in other words, pluralism.
If our business environment was monopolistic, you'd only be able to buy a single brand of anything, and if you didn't like it or it didn't work very well – tough. There'd be no one else available to buy it from.
Our government, divided into Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government is pluralistic; that is, there is more than one branch or part of government. Furthermore, in America each State is – theoretically – a sovereign entity within the Union, able to make its own decisions within its borders. This is a pluralistic (more than one) arrangement.
By contrast, a dictatorship or a monarchy are monopolistic in nature; there's only one branch of government no matter what the outward appearances would lead you to believe. There wouldn't be any appeal if you didn't like a decision; you could be arrested, tortured, shot, and killed for even trying to appeal. It happens all the time in other countries around the world.
The First Amendment, contrary to what today's pundits on the Left would have you believe, doesn't prohibit government from endorsing religion or exclude religion from government, it prohibits government from choosing your religion for you. In Great Britain the Church of England is the official church for the entire country (although not so much these days) and for centuries you were automatically a member of it from the moment you were born whether you liked it or not. One of the reasons the Pilgrims fled to America was precisely to avoid that monopolistic religious environment in order to find a place where they could freely worship the way they wanted.
In America there are literally hundreds of different denominations within Christianity, not to mention the divisions between secular Jews, Orthodox Jews, etc. There are also divisions within other religions as well. You didn't think all the American Indian tribes worship the same way didn't you? Long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, they had religious differences, and still do.
All of this is pluralism at it's finest. More than one religious choice for anyone who wants it, or the right to choose to have none at all.
Closely related to religious pluralism is social pluralism since the values we espouse and live by will depend largely on what we believe. This in turn will dictate how we dress, act, and talk; it will determine our choice of occupations too – can you imagine an Orthodox Jew as a drug dealer? Of course not. The idea is ludicrous.
The ability to choose where to live, who your friends are, where you work, where you send your children to school, where you work, the field you work in, where you want to shop, or which movies to go see, are all part and parcel of the social fabric of America. Restricting those choices through monopolistic rules and regulations is the very antithesis of pluralism.
No one has to teach us America is pluralistic, we absorb it through our very pores as we grow up. Our parents take us to the store and we're faced with a bewildering array of toys from dozens of different toy companies, all competing to catch our eyes with colorful packaging, flashing lights, jerky movement, and buzzing musical tones. At the grocery store you watched your parents poring over what bread to chose or which brand of vegetables was the best.
In the bread aisle alone you'll find Sara Lee, Sunbeam, Wonder, Nature's Pride, and Holsum brands, to name only a few. A quick search online reveals there are over 4000 bread companies in the United States today! Moreover you'll have to choose between white bread, whole wheat, multigrain, flat bread, bagels, buns, and on and on and on.
You have choices in movies to watch (witness the craze over the latest Avengers movie), music to listen to, clothes to wear, types of lawnmowers (riding vs push), what printer to buy and use, and, as Yul Brenner once said in The King and I, “Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!” There's no end to the choices you have.
Pluralism is in-your-face in America. Its all around us every day of our lives. It doesn't matter if we even know the word “pluralism” or not; the concept is baked into us from our earliest days. This is why monopolies automatically grate on our nerves when we encounter them; we know in our bones they're un-American.
We're faced with growing monopolies today in every area of our lives, but mostly in the political, religious, and social areas. Business competition (except in one are I'll get to in a moment) is better than ever. We really don't need to worry about that area.
But political monopolies, AKA, “political correctness” are strangling political discourse in America. Despite the current make-up of Congress, Democrats and their allies on the political Left are ascendant and increasingly intolerant of any dissenting opinion – monopolies are always intolerant, its one of their distinguishing characteristics.
Christians, Conservatives, and Republicans (three separate groups that sometimes overlap) are marginalized on college campuses these days, with monopolistic storm troopers shutting down any attempt they make at holding a discussion or inviting someone to speak. Lately they've been expanding off campus onto the streets and into the work place. Radical feminists and race baiters are another kind of political monopoly; all of them marching in lockstep to deny any choice in politics to . . . well, to anyone. They want you to think their way, or else.
These types of political monopolies automatically raise our hackles because we intuitively understand they're un-American. They have no place in our country.
Islam is a type of religious monopoly which seeks to supplant any and all religious and legal opposition with Sharia law. In Islam there is no difference between government and religion; indeed, under Sharia they're identical. As we've seen from numerous incidents terror – not the least of which was 9/11 – Islam is utterly intolerant of any dissent or discussion. They'll literally kill you to shut you up.
Although all religions, including Christianity, make monopolistic claims on the truth, only Islam insists on enforcing its claims at the point of a gun. The Inquisition was an aberration specific to Spain during a time when it was recovering from Islamic domination and trying to root out the lingering Muslims who were intent on sabotaging the country from within. Any Christian today will unhesitatingly affirm your inherent right to choose or reject salvation in Christ.
Islam on the other hand never allows you that choice. You either submit – by becoming a Muslim or living as a second class citizen – or die. Tolerance of differences isn't allowed under the monopolistic rule of Islam.
America is a pluralistic nation from top to bottom. It's part of what made America great (to borrow a phrase from President Trump) and it's what we need to return to if America is ever to be great again. Right now, pluralism is still ingrained in our national DNA, but it's fading fast as the Left continues its relentless assault on our precious freedoms.
We must stand strong against the onslaught, and one way to start is with the monopolistic triumvirate of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
The discriminatory practices of these three companies don't bear repeating. Anyone to whom this article would appeal already knows the big three are monopolistic and intolerant of any dissenting opinions. Because they're “technically” private companies, suing them on First Amendment grounds is doomed to failure.
Spurred by that knowledge I put together a proposal to use the Sherman Antitrust Act against them and presented it to the Bowie County Republican Convention in Bowie County Texas. The proposal passed unanimously and will be sent on to the State Republican Convention in San Antonio this summer. Here's what it said:
Whereas the Sherman Antitrust Act was successfully used against Standard Oil, culminating on May 5th, 1911, when the Supreme Court ordered its dissolution, and;
Whereas the Sherman Antitrust Act was successfully used against AT&T, hereinafter, Ma Bell, culminating on January 8th, 1982, when the Supreme Court ordered its dissolution, and;
Whereas these successful actions have created a historic and legal precedent for the use of the Sherman Antitrust Act against monopolies of various kinds in the United States of America, and;
Whereas Facebook, Google, and Twitter have become monopolies on social media, and;
Whereas Facebook, Google, and Twitter openly use their monopolistic power to discriminate against Christians, Conservatives, and Republicans to the detriment of Christian, Conservative, and Republican reputations and/or finances; therefore, be it
The Republican Party shall recommend as its official policy, the immediate filing of charges under the Sherman Antitrust Act against Facebook, Google, and Twitter to the end of dissolving them in the same manner as Standard Oil and Ma Bell were dissolved.
If you live in Texas, I ask you to contact your local Republican party representative(s) and ask them to vote in favor of this resolution. Sitting back and hoping for the best won't work. We need to get out there and do the hard work in the trenches.
Otherwise, get used to living in a monopoly, but you won't enjoy it.