TECH GIANTS AND NATION STATES: WHO CONTROLS WHO?

At a virtual Davos agenda meeting of the World Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that technology corporations are rivaling the power of nation-states. “These are not just economic giants. In some areas they are already de facto competing with the state,” Putin said in an address.

Russia is currently accelerating regulatory pressure on foreign internet companies, which have so far proved beyond the kind of state control that the country exerts on its media outlets.

Putin objected to global tech giant “attempts to crudely, at their own discretion, control society,” adding “We just saw it all in the United States.” 

The dynamics between mega tech corporations and more traditional power-wielding politicos is playing out across the globe in various ways. The recent U.S. presidential election proved tech giants had reached a tipping point where they could wield enormous influence on the political process.

World leaders are taking more notice of the political power of tech companies. European leaders spoke out in early January when Twitter silenced Donald Trump, though many of them were hardly allies of the now former American president. 

As for the new Biden administration, Silicon Valley has been conducting an intense strategy to place tech-friendly executives in positions of political power. According to CNBC, “executives and employees at tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft are pushing to place candidates in senior roles at government agencies.”

A January article by The New York Post chronicled just some of the tech players embedded in the new administration. Among the players:

  • Jessica Hertz, former Facebook lawyer, serving as Biden’s White House staff secretary
  • Emily Horne of Twitter, tapped spokesperson and senior director for press for the White House National Security Council; the NSC, with a staff located on White House grounds, helps set defense and foreign affairs policies
  • Mark Schwartz from Amazon Web Services, has helped screen appointments to the White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Eric Schmidt, former Google chief exec, reportedly recommended appointments for the Department of Defense, even as his former company seeks military contracts and defense work
  • Deon Scott, Google global program manager, reviewed applicants to the Department of Homeland Security
  • Zaid Zaid, of Facebook strategic response, joined the Biden vetting team for State Department jobs
  • Facebook associate general counsel Christopher Upperman is working on the Small Business Administration
  • Amazon international tax director Tom Sullivan helped select State Department appointments

TRENDPOST: Aligning with different national political parties and global institutions, it’s clear that international tech corporations are employing a wide array of methods to expand their political influence and power.

4 Comments
  1. Jim Papp 4 weeks ago

    Are these characteristics of a 21st Century Neo-fascist state?

  2. harlow53 4 weeks ago

    The Tech Giants and World’s Globalists are playing a strong hand in the poker game of moving for total control of the world’s economies, health, military, main stream media and everyday lives of all humanity.

    The tactics and corruption used to steal the 2020 Election stands out as an example of how far the Bilderbergers, Rich Foundations and NGOs and Big Tech and Militaries and Main Stream Media across the globe will collude to bring totalitarian control of the masses to everyday living. The COVID Hoax was the primary vehicle along with the economic power of members of the WEF that have set in motion the subjugation of earth’s human population by seizing total control over the world’s human populations!!!

    When I observe a CYBERCOMMAND Supposedly documented presentation of the tracking of election interference by the Chinese Communist Party controlling the election voting machines, political party fraudulent mail-in machinations, vote flipping and various criminal acts to take the vote away from the citizens and no judicial action taken or allowed to be taken, I have to assume the Globalists have WON the control of humanity and a World War is imminently being pursued by Globalists!!!r

  3. lvblasiotti 3 weeks ago

    It is not over until the fat lady sings! I wonder what is in those 2500 recently unclassified documents that Trump released in his last week. We will see if the public sees what is in them.???

  4. harlow53 3 weeks ago

    This is another discussion about the on-going Fascist state of the merging of business corporations and governments to extract the wealth and assets of ordinary citizens in their quest to expand the progressive, socialistic, communistic societies around the worldz1z1

    Daily News
    NEVADA: CORPORATIONS AS GOVERNMENTS
    By Joseph P. Farrell
    Today’s blog is about a story near and dear to my heart: crony crapitalism and the power of corporations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against corporations or good old fashioned entrepreneurial capitalism, thrift, and enterprise. But one would have to be blind not to see the concentration of power and wealth in fewer and fewer hands, corporate hands that have no regard for basic natural God-given rights, and to whom governments are mere instruments to enact favorable mercantilist policies. In rehearsing a long litany of corporate excesses over the years, I return often to two themes: (1) the utter mistake of making corporations persons in law (by a process of convoluted theological and jurisprudential reasoning), and (2) the fact that corporate charters and corporate behavior make no room for those natural God-given rights.

    Well, with that in mind, consider the following story that was submitted by quite a few people this week:

    Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments

    Note this:

    Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.

    Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.

    The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services. (Boldface emphasis added)
    Needless to say, this prompts all sorts of ideas to swirl around in my head, none of them too good. Note firstly that there is a certain ineluctable logic here, one that, surprisingly, has taken a rather long time to arrive at, but which – if examined from the standpoint of elucidating the basic steps along the development of that logic – should come as no surprise. It would go something like this. Step one: in our system of government, individual persons are sovereign, and possess by nature certain rights that are not granted and therefore cannot be circumscribed by governments. Step two: as such, persons have the right to ban together and form, reform, or dissolve, governments, as laid out in this country’s Declaration of Independence. Step three: somewhere along the way, corporations became persons in law. This step was actually first undertaken in the middle ages for reasons we needn’t get into here. So step four – elaborated in Nevada’s recent attempt to woo corporations to that state – should come as no surprise, for if corporations are persons in law, then they have the same rights to form, reform, or dissolve governments as any other group of persons.

    So it should come as no surprise that the next step in the arsenal of politicians’ tricks to woo business to their states should be to allow corporations in effect to form local governments, establish courts, impose taxes, and so on, in effect creating private jurisdictions.

    We can imagine how corporations will handle courts, taxes, and schools. Just look at today’s courts, taxes, and schools, and put all of it on steroids. Whether or not the measure succeeds in Nevada is, at this stage, a moot point. The important point is that at long last we have arrived at the fourth step in that logic that has been under way for centuries in the West. It is the ultimate fruit of a step taken long long ago, i.e., to view an individual person as part of a great collective called the corporate person, in this case, the corporate, “federal” person called Adam, and his inheritance as being one of moral culpability by dint the inheritance of a fallen, “sinful nature” or “sin nature.” (And for those inclined to throw bible verses at me, don’t waste your time. There’s a great deal of difference between “eph ho pantes hemarton” and Jerome’s mistranslation “en quo omnes peccaverunt.” And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go do some homework.)

    And that recalls a statement of St. Photios the Great, famous Patriarch of Constantinople in the 9th century, whom I paraphrase: to say that there is a sin of nature is a heresy.

    So where’s the high octane speculation? Well, one might opine where this will lead. There has been a little writing recently on the idea of “infinite debt” and how it makes all humans slaves to that debt. All one needs to complete the picture is a “social credit” system, supplying small remissions of that debt (we might call them indulgences) if one behaves well and obediently submits to the authority that has control of the ledgers. In the middle ages, that was the papacy. In the modern age, it looks like corporations. But the system hasn’t changed much

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