Sunday, October 18, 2015

Idiots think the herd is a pack

I don't mean Kevin Williamson thinks that, but there's a dark side to the disruptive principle he describes: The Case of Uber v. San Antonio.

To have Facebook, Google, Uber, et. al. making the rules is not at all demonstrably better than having San Antonio do it. One could argue the exact opposite. The market isn't free if either San Antonio squashes it or Google seizes it. Thinking citizens are a foundational requirement for a free market. We have a shortage.

Uber could lead a renaissance of individual freedom. It could represent a suffocating corporate-populist hegemony: And I’m ever more convinced a huge number of people are short-sighted idiots. They have Facebook accounts, for example.

Google and Facebook, maybe Uber, are in the business of creating herds who believe they are the pack.

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