Can Antitrust Law Save Innovative Ideas and Freedom of Speech?

Author: Jarod Bona We are all connected. When something happens anywhere, we know about it everywhere. If someone has a great idea, they can tell everyone about it, right away. These connections create incredible value. We as a society can take the best ideas and build upon them. Information as a resource is incredibly cheap and easily available. Filtering is the real problem now, but more on that later. So, this is all great, but I worry. There is a downside to this over-connectedness. But more on that later. There was once a time when people were worried that government would suppress speech, ideas, and innovation. The government still does this, of course. But it seems like there is less worry about it. In many ways, the government doesn’t have as much power as it used to have. That is, in part, because of our connectedness. Society can speak swiftly and harshly toward government action that is excessive, unfair, or wrong (in society’s judgment). This…

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