Jeffersonians vs Hamilitonians Regarding Facebook and Google

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe
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    This was pretty good. This ideological fight is of course bigger than just the tech sector (and the social media sector of the tech sector). The entire ideological battle over the parameters of international trade since the end of WW2 is of the same sort of Jeffersonian v Hamiliton, decentralization v centralization, with there being people of the ‘left’ and ‘right’ on both sides of these notions. (for of course, different reasons, as the article explains)

    In contrast, a present owner, resident in the community, is more likely to run the store in a way that comports with community interests and values, since the present owner will himself experience any improvement or deterioration in the community.

    This is the logical inference, and is probably usually the case, but not always the case. You could also argue that the company town was ‘Jeffersonian’ in this sense – and the plantation definitely was. Neither of which, to put it mildly are good things to emulate in the modern world.

    There’s also something I read when all the 200 birthday of Marx things were going around, but I can’t recall where. It stated that since Russia industrialized on the late side compared to much of Europe, it was still common in the late 19th century for industrialists to live pretty close to the workers of the factories, since the businesses were still on the small side and were still mostly personally managed. This was part of the reason the communist revolution gained a foothold in Russia, and not, say, Germany (where Marx predicted it would), because the industrial ownership class was visible and present – and fat, which bred resentment and a focused target for that resentment much more easily than a remote aristocrat, either agricultural or industrial.Report

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