Evolution of Google to the EVIL side
I used to think the trend towards evil wasn't the Google's fault, but then I read that Google has become a major customer of Washington lobbyist firms.
Background: In America, most businesspeople are nice folks who just play the game of business by the rules. Meanwhile, the LEAST ethical businessmen hire lobbyists. The lobbyists bribe the CHEAPEST politicians, mostly through campaign donations (AKA SuperPACs since Citizens United). The corrupt politicians then write laws to protect the quasi-legal business models of the least ethical businessmen. The final result is American companies must become more and more cancerous and EVIL just to survive.
It can be restated as a philosophical version. Do you think that a business is in business soley to make money? I disagree. I think a business should be in business to stay in business, but if a business loses too much money, then it will go out of business. However, the rules of the game as encoded into American laws now require American businesses to grow like cancers (just to avoid being crushed or swallowed).
The greedy out-of-wedlock children who are driving this process now think their "wealth" is insured by being too big to fail. In the sad reality, a cancer always kills its host--and then the cancer also dies, so have a nice day. Google has simply joined the cancer club--and is now paying lots of money to lobbyists. Google is now increasingly at fault for the problems.
My philosophy: Government should act as an impartial referee encouraging fair competition that increases FREEDOM in the form of meaningful and unconstrained choice, while the same competition also drives innovation and improvement. The referees should get a cut of the gate (in the form of taxes) in a system that also encourages the referees to make the pie (and the total gate) bigger. However, what America has now is like a baseball game where the umpire is paid by a few of the richest teams.