A Quiet Belief in Authoritarian Values

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The ideological certitude with which FTC Commissioner Lina Khan explains her latest investigation of Microsoft is revealing of the zeitgeist of our time. Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, she explains that Microsoft may have violated antitrust law — or rather policy and politics, because it is not properly law — by consensually hiring the co-founder of startup Inflection AI and almost all its staff, and compensating the ongoing concern with a licensing fee. … ‘In Washington, there is increasingly a recognition that we can’t as a government just be totally hands-off and stand out of the way.’ I wonder at what fleeting moment the young law professor nominated by Joe Biden thinks the federal government was ‘totally hands-off’ and ‘out of the way.'” (06/08/24)