Google is the new evil empire pulling the strings of government and society
By J. D. Heyes
Friday, May 08, 2015
As a company, Google began as merely a better search engine. Now, the firm has grown into the world’s largest media company with ties so deep within the federal government that its corporate executives meet an average of once per week with the Obama administration.
Moreover, Google’s influence on the internet has grown to frightening proportions in ways that destroy privacy and often make the NSA’s surveillance capabilities look amateurish in comparison.
Google is the new “evil empire.” In other words, it is the newest corporate hoodlum on the scale of AT&T in the 1970s, IBM in the 1980s and Microsoft in the 1990s, according to Fox Business.
All of this is occurring in spite of the media giant’s mantra: “Don’t be evil.”
The prime recipient of crony capitalism
Nearly five years ago, the company’s “Darth Vader”, CEO Eric Schmidt, admitted just how capable the programming and software Google uses really was. In an interview with The Atlantic, Schmidt said, “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it,” in response to an emerging technology, Google Implants. “I would argue that implanting things in your brain is beyond the creepy line … at least for the moment until the technology gets better.”
At least for the moment.
Schmidt wasn’t finished. He also commented on the company’s ability to read your thoughts.
“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about.” Then he paused and asked, “Is that over the line?”
As further noted by Fox Business:
Clearly, this creepy virtual line of Google’s is not just a moving target but a highly subjective one. How do they know when they’ve crossed it? Perhaps the more appropriate question to ask is how many lines does Google have to cross before its executives realize, before we realize, that they’re doing evil?
Let’s not forget that Google once had a deep abiding partnership with Apple. At that time, when Steve Jobs was mentoring Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Schmidt sat on Apple’s board of directors, Android was able to magically transform from a Blackberry-esque phone with a physical keyboard to a clone of an iPhone.
Meanwhile, until the Federal Trade Commission forced Schmidt to resign from Apple’s board based on anti-competition concerns, he kept claiming that Android did not compete with iPhone. “A year later,” Fox Business noted, “Apple’s iPad was immediately followed by Android tablets.”
Did that cross a line? Evil? Jobs believed that it was; he was incensed over what he viewed as betrayal. He labeled Android “a stolen product” and vowed to go to the mat with Google.
Google’s deepening relationship with Big Government represents the epitome of crony capitalism, as evidenced by the recent decision of the “independent” Federal Trade Commission not to level antitrust charges against the mega-media giant, even though it was clear that Google was favoring its own products in searches over those of other advertisers.
The Europeans are so certain of that, in fact, that the European Union has done what the Obama administration could not, even after all of those meetings in the White House: file antitrust charges.
Why isn’t the Obama FTC on board? Could it be because Google was the second-largest donor to Obama’s reelection campaign?
As for Americans, Google knows more about us than we know about ourselves.
“Between Google Search, Gmail, Maps, Android, YouTube, Glass, Now, Books, Wallet, Chromecast, Wear, Nest and its alliance with car companies, Google now knows more about you than you do,” noted Fox Business. “It knows what you want, where you are, whom you’re with, what you read, what you buy, even what pictures and videos you create and look at.”
Creepy for sure, but evil? Definitely.
Even worse, Page and Schmidt say that Google is essentially just getting started. They want 100 times more employees, which would give them millions of workers. “Imagine what we could accomplish then,” they say.