Opinion: Big Tech is awful, but government regulation is not the answer

by Peter Heck · Oct 21st, 2020 5:38 pm

Last Updated Oct 25th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

One of the things I know I am not alone in lamenting through the years is just how poorly Christians (and conservatives) have competed in realms of significant importance to American society.

I should be clear here that I am not talking about the church as a body. The church has two primary purposes on earth: to point all people to Christ as Lord, and to bind believers together. But individual Christians have been gifted by God in unique and different ways. We have the ability to inspire, to speak, to write, to sing, to dance, to think, to compute, to program, to teach, to lead, to do a million other things all for the glory of God.

There should be no greater motivation for excelling than to engage your work as a form of worship to the God who gave you life, both now and for eternity.

That's why I'm sometimes dumbfounded when so many leading elements of society – in education, in entertainment, in the arts, in politics – are led and dominated by secularists glorifying man and his impotent intellect.

Here's why I bring all that up. I think it's patently obvious that Big Tech is attempting to influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential election. No one with a brain fails to see that as true. For years now, I've noticed when researching stories and columns that Google buries conservative sites in their search results while left-wing outlets are front and center.

Meanwhile, Twitter and Facebook's selective enforcement of "community standards" are so transparently biased that it's silly to even engage a person trying to argue otherwise. And clearly, the dung-show last week involving the squashing of a New York Post report about Hunter Biden, followed by the (even worse?) absurd Facebook threats to demonetize the Babylon Bee over a fairly hilarious Monty Python joke, brought it under the lights all over again.

So, I get the sense of vindication and absolution conservatives (and Christians) feel when their political champions like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley make plans to drag Big Tech CEOs before the Senate Judiciary Committee to threaten them with government regulation if they don't start playing nice. I get it, but I also get the bad taste of the wimpy kid on the playground who instead of handling his own business had his parents call the police on the punk who wouldn't let him play foursquare.

There's a big part of me that wants to say, if they don't play fair, go start your own game. And trust me, I understand the structural advantage the left has in all this – after nearly two decades in the public-school system, I'm fully aware of how hopelessly boxed in it can feel.

Using your public platform, your voice, your creativity to shame the bully? Absolutely. But here's why I urge caution at pulling the trigger on government solutions – the moment you invite the playground monitor in to start regulating your games, you're not going to like where that leads. It inevitably results in less freedom and less fun for all of us. That shouldn't be something conservatives (or Christians) get excited about seeing.

By the way, I'm not lobbying for a conservative alternative to Twitter and Facebook. I'm asking for an entrepreneurial and innovative Christian (or conservative) to come up with the next cultural craze – the one that leaves current tech in the dust.

If the right becomes reactive regulators, utilizing the power of government to get their way, and the left is already that way, and anxious to see conservatives expand the regulatory state so that they can hijack it themselves…where does that leave the rest of us living in this society?

I'm smart enough to know that my sentiments are not likely to fall upon the ears of anyone with the importance to change our current trajectory. I get that Big Tech has now crossed the Rubicon and the swords are out on the right. I find myself sharing the feelings of Philip Klein:

I think he's right. And I also think none of us are going to like where it ends.

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