Is Big Tech Breaking Up With the Left?
Is Big Tech Breaking Up With the Left? Google's reported involvement in New America's decision to end an antimonopoly program points to a larger schism in the Democratic Party. BY ALEX SHEPHARD August 31, 2017 Open Markets, a division at the public policy think tank the New America Foundation, had been an intellectual force in progressive circles in recent years, leading to a heightened awareness of the damaging effects that monopolization is having on both consumers and businesses. Its work focused on everything from hyper-consolidation in the airline industry to a growing concentration of book publishers, but where it really stirred things up was by targeting America’s giant tech companies, particularly Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet (the umbrella company for Google). Now, Google has apparently struck back, revealing a growing divide between progressives and an industry that has long claimed a home in the Democratic Party. On Wednesday, The New York Times’s K