For the purposes of this article, I’m going to ask that you accept a few premises. These should not be overly controversial to either right or left, so I will lay them out clearly:
1. The left generally controls virtually all of academia, especially higher education.
2. The news media has a decidedly liberal slant.
3. Hollywood is comprised almost entirely of liberals.
Those of us on the right accept these premises as true, and I think even left-wingers would largely accept them as well. Even though there are small right wing enclaves in the media (Fox, Breitbart, Radio) and in universities (Liberty, evangelical, etc) and in Hollywood (Clint Eastwood and Jon Voight?) generally speaking, all three of these are controlled to a significant degree by the left. Thus, nearly everything you, and especially your children see, hear, and experience are controlled to a large degree by left wing individuals. The Media, Arts, and Schooling comprise three of the pillars of existence in our society. Today, I’m here to argue that the left has also nearly completed a takeover of a fourth pillar of society:
Business and Industry.
I know a lot of conservative, free market, right wingers are sitting there reading this right now scoffing at the idea that a bunch of liberals control their businesses and have any sway over what they do. Perhaps by the end of this article you’ll realize how insidious the infiltration into the business world has become. One of the bastions of conservatism has always been the free market. Conservatives have always operated under the mantra you can start your own business and you’ll succeed or fail under the free market. So while the left took over Hollywood, the Media, and Education, conservatives consoled themselves in the belief that at least they controlled their businesses and owned guns, giving them the illusion of control and freedom. Let’s look at a few ways the left took over the business world without actually taking your business from you.
Human Resources and Environmental Divisions
I’ve worked for several massive corporations over the last twenty years, and I watched as Human Resources departments went from a blip on the radar to sprawling krakens whose tentacles wound throughout the company, determining who to hire and fire at will. HR used to be a joke, even as recently as the 90s and early 2000s, parodied in shows like the Office. Toby in the Office was actually a semi-close representation to what HR used to be, a joke to handle disputes, but wielding no real power. That all changed as HR departments grew to the point where they are now multi-million dollar departments that determine the hiring and firing practices of the company. Some companies such as Apple have entire divisions not only for HR, but environmental divisions who dictate what manufacturing materials are acceptable to use.
Social Media Outrage Machines
Imagine you are a CEO, and you made a decision the left didn’t like. On demand, they can organize tens of thousands in a social media army, blasting your brand to pieces not only online, but organizing real time protests and boycotts. Few companies can withstand an organized social media onslaught comprised of thousands attacking not only you, but your entire organizational infrastructure. No company on the planet wants to lose customers, let alone by the thousands in one shot, so this tactic virtually guarantees some level of compliance, and moreover, they know it, thus making the technique even more effective over time.
How do you control something you don’t own, against CEOs who might tell you to screw yourself? Easy, legislate around them through regulation and red tape. If there’s one thing the left is REALLY good at, it's establishing dense guidelines and regulations designed to be extremely difficult to navigate, then catching you in a vague violation. Every time the left gains power, this is their go-to move to beat companies they can’t directly own or control. They couldn’t break the coal industry via business, so they essentially legislated it out of existence in order to save the planet.
One of the cornerstones of free market thinking is, “Hey if you don’t like something, just start your own company and compete!” Yes, great idea, if I don’t like the way Twitter is censoring conservatives and web hosts are deplatforming, I’ll just create my own internet and broadband infrastructure, and tune up a couple social media networks with billions of followers on the spot. Great idea. I really hope the sarcasm oozes off of that one. Companies sometimes get to a point where they are effectively too big to fail, and can absorb smaller companies and competition at will, or outright destroy them by creating alternatives with their far superior resources. Numerous attempts have been made to create free speech alternatives to Twitter, Facebook, and the social media giants, but deplatforming of infrastructure, payment methods, and the like make this an uphill battle.
Ok, so you’ve built your own company, and you’ve kept lefties from worming their way into it through HR and the aforementioned methods. That’s fine, because if you stepped in a direction the left didn’t like, all they have to do is go after your infrastructure, partners, and manufacturing, using the suite of tools above on those companies, and somewhere down the line, they will manage to break one of them down. Gab was a great example of this in action. You couldn’t get Gab out of the way directly, so just attack the hosting and payment companies.
As you can see from the above examples, the left has become exceptionally adept at manipulating processes, bureaucracy, and even mobs to keep businesses from stepping out of line. Using these methods, the left essentially defeated conservatives at their own game: the free market. Hopefully, at some point conservatives realize the scale of the fight stop clinging to their principles while the left bludgeons them to death with them.
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Steve is the author of Forging the Iron Mind, and is the founder and CEO of Americana Prime.