Polling today regularly shows Americans not only maintain high distrust of Big Tech, but seek more regulation of it and view such platforms as doing more harm than good. Given how Big Tech has continued to censor conservative voices, including former President Donald Trump, Americans dissatisfied with their self-infatuated overlords are exploring alternatives.
There is a reason the companies in power have been successful: Not only were they some of the first in the industry, but their platforms are remarkably advanced and user-friendly. Any company that has became categorized as “Big Tech” has done so by raking in billions and providing users with experiences that keep them coming back.
While people may be reluctant to jump ship after years of interaction on certain platforms, and certainly some are banking on Congress to take action on their behalf in the years ahead, here are several options for right now. After all, if conservatives wish to genuinely engage in the culture war, it’s time to build and support infrastructure not operated by people who hate us.
“The biggest corporations in America are unabashedly letting ideology run their business,” Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at Conservative Partnership Institute, told me. “It is more important than ever for conservatives to build our own market and business infrastructure, and to support the small businesses in this space.”
“However, it is equally important for conservatives to push policymakers to address anti-competitive market distortions where they exist, to make sure that conservative startups and businesses get the same rights in the free market as everyone else,” she added.
If the left is willing to threaten a boycott against non-leftist companies while deplatforming normal people, will the right sit back and mumble about free markets or build their own?
From Amazon to Your Community
Federalist Publisher Joy Pullmann wrote about her experience migrating away from Amazon back in March. Joy mentions alternative options, such as buying directly from suppliers and from family-owned businesses you know are run by good people.
What stuck out to me most in Joy’s article is the importance of buying local. Given the
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