The drive to break-up Big Tech is building among America’s progressive politicians and bureaucrats. From Tim Wu’s appointment to the National Economic Council to Lina Khan’s nomination for the Federal Trade Commission, Democrats are making an antitrust crackdown central to their political strategy. In May, the District of Columbia joined the Democrats’ crusade by suing Amazon based on local antitrust law.
The left is not alone in this crusade, however. Conservatives have joined the parade of rising anti-tech antitrust fervor, too. Some Republicans are thrilled at the thought of wielding antitrust laws and expanding government powers to punish tech companies because of their moderation decisions regarding conservative speech and the influence they have in Americans’ daily lives.