At The American Spectator, Mytheos Holt explains Google’s rampant hypocrisy in first refusing to supply software services to the U.S. military, and second, to then supply the Chinese government with software tools that will help it oppress the country’s people and possibly even spy on them. Holt writes:
Imagine the following scenario: A group of technical whizzes found a new car company in the United States. After initially going through vigorous competition, the company eventually establishes complete market dominance not only in building cars, but also in building everything associated with car safety. At which point, the United States government offers the company the option to compete for the right to supply its cars and trucks. In response, the company refuses, claiming that it won’t supply the United States military out of fear that its cars might get used in combat. And no sooner does it say this than it then turns around and offers to sell cars specifically equipped to mow down civilians to Russia, just as a major scandal comes out showing that one of its lines of cars are such deathtraps that it has to recall them all.
Who among us would choose to do business with a company like this? My guess is that most Americans of both parties would rightly regard this hypothetical car company as hypocritical at best, and borderline treasonous at worst, given its willingness to supply a major foreign rival with quasi-military tech, while denying those same tools to the United States. Even without that point of controversy, the fact that it had to recall an entire product line for being unsafe would likely make it a Pariah among auto buyers and possibly the target of legislation to ensure that safety standards are updated.
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