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Jedediah Purdy @JedediahSPurdy
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Thread: Of course Mark Zuckerberg is callow and grandiose, & there was lots of other bad judgment at FB; but it's astonishing how quickly we've turned this into a question of moral judgment & character. 1/6
He was celebrated up til now for complying with the premises of the age: (1) maximizing return on investment was the best thing an individual could do for the world--doing good by doing well; & (2) whatever happened in the "connected" marketplace of ideas could only be good. 2/6
Of course I'm all for expecting people to exercise better moral & political judgment in how they run institutions. But there's collective responsibility here for having allowed the Masters of the Universe to ignore such things, & praising them for their empire-building. 3/6
More to the point, the ONLY adequate response is structural, political, & legal: to revive & recast antitrust & other regimes that restrict & shape corporate power, & ultimately to decide what direction of growth is good for human values. 4/6
This is why the work of @superwuster, @linamkhan, @ksabeelrahman, & others is so important now. It's not a time for simple moral reproach, but for systemic reform. 5/6
The best idea in the American Revolution: if you have a bad king, you don't just rebuke him & go looking for a good king; you ask how to do without kings. Same principle for platform overlords. That is a collective, political task. /fin
PS: @AnandWrites has been invaluable here in showing how our moral take on big wealth baffles and evades the political take we need.
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