Senator Bernie Sanders: ‘We should definitely take a look at’ breaking up Google, Amazon, Apple

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Cristiano Lima for Politico:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday “we should definitely take a look at” splitting up Google, Amazon and Apple, though he stopped short of a full-throated call for their break-ups.

“I worry very much about monopolistic tendencies in many sectors of our economy, including high tech, and I think we have to take a really hard look at the degree to which monopolization in all aspects of our economy are a threat to the American people,” said the 2020 Democratic presidential contender when asked about the prospect. Pressed again on whether he supports splintering those three tech giants, Sanders replied, “It’s something we should definitely take a look at, yes.”

Sanders told Politico in May he supports calls to break up another industry titan, Facebook. Sanders’ remarks Tuesday are his first on whether he supports similar action against Google, Amazon and Apple.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple is not a monopoly in any market in which they participate. Therefore, there is no legal basis for “breaking up” Apple Inc.

So, Apple’s case, there is no monopoly (which is legal by the way), much less monopoly abuse (which is explicitly impossible given the nonexistence of a monopoly). You cannot abuse a monopoly and therefore face antitrust action when you do not have a monopoly.

Worldwide smartphone OS market share, February 2019:

• Android: 74.15%
• iOS: 23.28%

Again, it’ll be very interesting to see the breakdown of political donations out of Silicon Valley this cycle.

63 Comments

    1. He wrote a book which sold quite well. He doesn’t line his pockets with kickbacks and graft like the 2 party scum that currently own DC.

      Since you don’t have a clue what socialism is, let me give you help: George Washington’s Continental Army, funded by Alexander Hamilton’s Federal Reserve — are examples of SOCIALISM. You know, when everyone contributes to a cause that no one person or organization could ever accomplish alone (with or without CAPITALISTS, who are also known as BANKERS.

      You can take the Support Our Troops bumper sticker off your car now if you would rather that bankers ran everything.

      1. Obviously, you are a mind reader, since you think you know what I know (or Don’t). Ask Bernie how well socialism is working in Venezuela. You do know where that is located, since you are a mind reader and know exactly what every human on the planet is thinking, right Q?

        1. Venezula is not being run by a democratic socialist. It is being run by a dictator. Do you know the difference?

          Trump himself praised Scandanavian nations that, as you know, provide objectively better health and happiness for their citizens. In the USA, the middle class is slipping into poverty because the oligarchs and self serving corporate executives can take everything. Just like dictators who think they are above the law.

          “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.“ – Donald Trump

    2. So instead of the poorest senator of them all, you instead support a multi-bankrupted self-proclaimed billionaire (can’t prove it, though, due to his repeated tax fraud, cases ongoing) socially liberal New Yorker with zero experience running any organization his daddy didn’t set up for him as a “better” man?

      “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” And you chose a douchebag who gave multinational job-exporting corporations a major tax cut while jacking up your taxes — all by just changing the terms, because his sheep refuse to admit that tariffs are 100% borne by US consumers. At least be consistent.

      1. How do you know who I support? You have a crystal ball? I just love these idiots who think they know everything, based on a comment. Your stupidity shines bright…..

        1. D: this is what you call proof? Must have been the same proof that Dumbass Donny used to condemn the Central Park 5. Way to go giving a rally where the biggest theme is to dredge up the ghost of Hildebeast. Trump has only had 4 years to charge her for her supposed crimes against humanity. Is that what proof is to you, a broken record of accusations without action? The best thing that could happen to America would be for Donny and Hillary to be locked in a cage together for the next 4 years on live video feed. True Reality TV. Then America could select a competent president, and the partisan sheeple on both extremes could have the little cage match they’ve been brainlessly chanting for for years.

          Meanwhile, Apple and other global companies will continue to launder its money through some 3rd world islands, because nobody is minding the shop in DC.

          1. I love it! Apple would make trillions if they got exclusive rights to the cage match! Lock em both up TOGETHER! Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!

            The US deserves better leadership. The lies and immaturity are too much, we have to start working together again. No country is Great when its leader vilifies 75% or more of the people. Then he screws everybody with tariffs. There has got to be a better way. I will vote for anyone who is a true centrist and uniter. If and when Congress ever does its job, a divided government will restrain the worst extremists from totally ripping the nation apart.

  1. Sanders is erring by including Apple; But Socialistic practices and programs are already institutionalized in US governance and are laws of the land. It’s just that the wealthy who proudly wave the Capitalist banner and their loser aspirants want to vomit on, and vindictively deny further Socialist programs for, the poor and the medically needy but want an increasing amount of unwarranted Socialism — AKA Crony Capitalistic tax breaks, bailouts, favorable laws, and gov. gifts — for themselves.

  2. Why am I not surprised that the Trumpovs are displaying their complete inability to discern between governmental systems and economic models?

    Then they follow an idiot who retweets garbage like this from a baited Gawker twitter account:
    “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep,”

    When confronted with the fact that this was a quote from Benito Mussolini, an Italian fascist dictator on whom Trump appears to base his pep rallies, Trump paused with a blank look as if he had never heard of Mussolini. Diarrhea of the Mouth Trump chose to keep digging: “It’s a very good quote,” said Trump. “It’s a very interesting quote, and I know it. I saw it… What difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else? It’s certainly a very interesting quote.”

    There you go folks. Act like a fascist, talk like a fascist, in fact go ahead and later tweet that you’re going to break the Constitution and stay in the white house beyond the mandated term limit, break the Emoluments clause, and soak taxpayers for golf expenses. Facts and actions don’t matter if you’re a Trumpov. Marching around like a dictator wannabe is apparently what winning looks like. To me, Trump looks more like Airhead Wilhelm II The Inconsistent of Prussia more than Mussolini The Hitler Mini-Me. Mussolini at least made the trains run on time. Trump hasn’t improved a single piece of infrastructure since he arrived.

    As to breaking up large tech companies: The law of the land provides for it. Only bought-and-paid for congressmen refuse to enforce antitrust laws.

    1. Done. Ratified on June 21, 1788.

      Contrary to popular misconception, Trump is not a dictator and doesn’ get to make rules or judge anyone. He’s very confused about that, obviously, as anyone can tell from his annoying Twitter habit.

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