Ultraliberal at home, but wary of the internet — this is the worldwide calling card of the market economy. And it also summarizes Donald Trump’s position on the internet and information.
On Tuesday, after announcing that the merger between AT&T and Time Warner will be blocked, Ajit Pai, the man named by Trump at the head of the Federal Communications Commission, also announced that on Dec. 14, the Open Internet Order enacted by Barack Obama to guarantee net neutrality will be rolled back.
No one considers it a problem to reconcile this interventionist streak with the neoliberal dogma endorsed by the short-tempered current occupant of the White House. Trump is in fact consistent with the new type of neoliberalism when he says he wants to “make America great again” using all the political prerogatives of his presidential role, bending the state administration apparatus to his will.