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[Report]

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

How Google, Amazon, and Facebook control our lives

Illustrations by Doug Chayka. Source images © iStock

[Report]

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

How Google, Amazon, and Facebook control our lives
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Popular histories present the Boston Tea Party as a rebellion against taxes. Yet what the colonists objected to more than anything was the idea of an all-powerful corporate middleman regulating commerce. They viewed the 1773 protest in Boston Harbor as a victory for liberty and a blow against the British East India Company’s trade monopoly.

That corporation owed its dominance not to any proprietary advantage but to an exclusive British government charter. The artificial nature of this power was made clear soon after the Congress of the new United States signed a peace treaty with Britain. Six weeks later,…

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 is the executive director of the Open Markets Institute and the author of the forthcoming book Liberty from All Masters: The New American Autocracy vs. the Will of the People, from which this report is adapted.


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