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==Tech company collusion==
 
==Tech company collusion==
 
In August 2018 the large tech firms [[Apple]], [[Facebook]], [[Google]] and others, colluded, in the space of 12 hours, to deny [[InfoWars]] access to [[social media]]. InfoWars was a fast rising Media Production site surpassing the [[BBC]] and other large News and Media sites in viewership and market share in November 2016.<ref>https://www.infowars.com/infowars-surges-31-spots-in-media-site-rankings-in-one-month/</ref> It's official APP was ranked  #4 in Apple's App Store, above Google News (#5), [[CNN]] (#6), [[Fox News]] (#7), Buzzfeed (# 10), The [[New York Times]] (#11), [[ABC]] (#19), and BBC (#26) at the time [[Silicon Valley]] tech giants colluded together to destroy it.<ref>https://www.infowars.com/infowars-official-app-jumps-to-number-4-dominates-cnn-nyt-abc/</ref>
 
In August 2018 the large tech firms [[Apple]], [[Facebook]], [[Google]] and others, colluded, in the space of 12 hours, to deny [[InfoWars]] access to [[social media]]. InfoWars was a fast rising Media Production site surpassing the [[BBC]] and other large News and Media sites in viewership and market share in November 2016.<ref>https://www.infowars.com/infowars-surges-31-spots-in-media-site-rankings-in-one-month/</ref> It's official APP was ranked  #4 in Apple's App Store, above Google News (#5), [[CNN]] (#6), [[Fox News]] (#7), Buzzfeed (# 10), The [[New York Times]] (#11), [[ABC]] (#19), and BBC (#26) at the time [[Silicon Valley]] tech giants colluded together to destroy it.<ref>https://www.infowars.com/infowars-official-app-jumps-to-number-4-dominates-cnn-nyt-abc/</ref>
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==Collusion with foreign nations==
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The Left has colluded with [[Russia]] since at least the 1930s.<ref>Byas, Steve (February 13, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/28267-the-lefts-collusion-with-the-russians-is-nothing-new The Left's Collusion With the Russians Is Nothing New]. ''The New American''. Retrieved February 13, 2018.</ref> It also supports having its allies interfere in the domestic politics of other countries even when it strongly opposes its political opponents doing the same.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Deacon, Liam (July 2, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/02/confirmed-cameron-obama-brexit-britain-be-back-queue/ Confirmed: Cameron Told Obama to Say Brexit Britain Would Be ‘Back of the Queue’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
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*Delingpole, James (July 2, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/02/obama-meddled-with-uk-brexit-referendum/ Delingpole: Sinister Foreign Leader Caught Trying to Overturn Democratic Vote in UK…] ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
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*Wirtz, Bill (June 5, 2018). [http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/europes-hypocritical-fury-towards-trumps-ambassador/ Europe’s Hypocritical Fury Towards Trump’s Ambassador]. ''The American Conservative''. Retrieved July 3, 2018.</ref>
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Left-wing California Senator [[Dianne Feinstein]], an important member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, unwittingly colluded with Chinese spies for 20 years.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Loudon, Trevor (August 6, 2018). [https://www.theepochtimes.com/feinsteins-ties-to-china-extend-beyond-chinese-spy_2616284.html Feinstein’s Ties to China Extend Beyond Chinese Spy]. ''The Epoch Times''. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
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*Wolverton, Joe (August 7, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/29735-feinstein-employed-chinese-spy-for-20-years Feinstein Employed Chinese Spy for 20 Years]. ''The New American''. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
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*Rodriguez, Katherine (August 4, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/04/reports-dianne-feinsteins-longtime-driver-was-a-chinese-spy/ Reports: Dianne Feinstein’s Longtime Driver Was a Chinese Spy]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 7, 2018.</ref> Democrats and [[establishment]] Republicans also have no problem colluding with China by participating in "China Town Halls", which serve as propaganda for the Chinese government.<ref>Jasper, William (August 9, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/29759-real-collusion-china-town-hall-brings-beijing-s-propagandists-to-your-home-town Real Collusion: “China Town Hall” Brings Beijing’s Propagandists to Your Home Town]. ''The New American''. Retrieved August 9, 2018.</ref>
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 17:01, 9 August 2018

Collusion, in business, is an agreement among members of a cartel in a particular industry not to compete in order to create artificial disincentives for new competitors.[1] In the United States it is illegal under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, although the law has historically been selectively enforced.[2]

Typically, collusion occurs when a group of large competitors, a cartel, divvy up market share among themselves to gain monopoly control,[3] and manipulate prices and profitability to make it impossible for a start-up competitor to gain market access.[4] Thus, the public is denied the benefits of lower prices and improvements that come with time. It's also called "price rigging" or "unfair competition."

The OPEC cartel is an example of competitors in an industry colluding together to limit production and set prices. Each member agrees to a production quota which, cumulatively, sets the world price. If a member exceeds its production quota, it has the effect of driving down the world price and profitability of all members. If all members exceed their quota, a price war erupts from which some members may not survive.

When the government grants protection or assents to collusion and monopoly control by not enforcing anti-Trust laws, it is referred to as "corporate cronyism."

History of the term

The term "collusion" entered the popular lexicon with the publication of Ida Tarbell's History of Standard Oil,[5] as a buzzword used by populists to describe nefarious activities of the super-rich in the late 19th and early 20th century.[6] It became a smear word among progressives to promote class envy without those using it having to understand or define specifically what it is.[7]

John D. Rockefeller was notorious for colluding with railroads to deny competitors transport of their product,[8] and drive mom n' pop oil producers out of business. He was accused of unfair trade practices. Rockefeller held most all of his assets in Trust. For this, a body of Antitrust law grew up.

Tech company collusion

In August 2018 the large tech firms Apple, Facebook, Google and others, colluded, in the space of 12 hours, to deny InfoWars access to social media. InfoWars was a fast rising Media Production site surpassing the BBC and other large News and Media sites in viewership and market share in November 2016.[9] It's official APP was ranked #4 in Apple's App Store, above Google News (#5), CNN (#6), Fox News (#7), Buzzfeed (# 10), The New York Times (#11), ABC (#19), and BBC (#26) at the time Silicon Valley tech giants colluded together to destroy it.[10]

Collusion with foreign nations

The Left has colluded with Russia since at least the 1930s.[11] It also supports having its allies interfere in the domestic politics of other countries even when it strongly opposes its political opponents doing the same.[12]

Left-wing California Senator Dianne Feinstein, an important member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, unwittingly colluded with Chinese spies for 20 years.[13] Democrats and establishment Republicans also have no problem colluding with China by participating in "China Town Halls", which serve as propaganda for the Chinese government.[14]

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References

  1. Or Barriers to entry into a market or industry.
  2. Government sometimes has an incentive to favor Big Business and monopolistic trade practices because of the larger taxes revenues they create, and their ability to produce larger tax revenues faster in a new, unregulated industry. This tendency by the government to encourage unfair trade practices historically has been countered by populist movements.
    This incentive only became bigger with passage of the Corporate Income Tax, a so-called "Progressive reform," that came after passage of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
  3. A cartel with monopoly control is sometimes referred to as an oligopoly.
  4. Adam Smith said, "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary." https://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Cartels.html Smith's statement is interesting in that it's pointedly critical of government for encouraging formation of lobbying trade groups, such as Big Pharma, for example.
  5. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-woman-who-took-on-the-tycoon-651396/
  6. "collusion" of the "monied interests" were big issues in every election cycle throughout the populist and Progressive era (c.1892-1916). https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/01/populism-douglas-hofstadter-donald-trump-democracy
  7. The progressive's notion that through collusion "power pyramids" and the top 1% control all the wealth. The simple facts are in a democratic society with an elected parliament the government itself encourges collusion through lobbying trade groups. Few elected representatives are specialists in any industry, and no one wants to grant special favors to a single company. So the government encourages competitors in an industry facing regulation to speak with one voice through a lobbying trade association.
    Progressives basically argue for an anti-democratic technocracy through simple-minded slogans.
  8. In other words, he would pay railroads more, above market price, to transport his oil and deny service to smaller competitors. The volume of his product allowed him to operate on a slim profit margin. Even if a smaller competitor could pay the artificial higher transport fees created by Rockefeller's collusion with the railroads, it wiped out their profit. Ultimately, the smaller companies had to sell out to Rockefeller, making Standard Oil even bigger and more monopolistic. Once all competition is eliminated, Rockefeller than could raise prices and gouge the public at will.
  9. https://www.infowars.com/infowars-surges-31-spots-in-media-site-rankings-in-one-month/
  10. https://www.infowars.com/infowars-official-app-jumps-to-number-4-dominates-cnn-nyt-abc/
  11. Byas, Steve (February 13, 2018). The Left's Collusion With the Russians Is Nothing New. The New American. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  12. Multiple references:
  13. Multiple references:
  14. Jasper, William (August 9, 2018). Real Collusion: “China Town Hall” Brings Beijing’s Propagandists to Your Home Town. The New American. Retrieved August 9, 2018.