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Amazon Pulls Out Of NY-- Gives Hope We Can Beat the MegaPlatforms

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Amazon Kills Plan to Build Headquarters in New York City
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Yes. I realize that there's a sexual innuendo to the title. But it seems applicable.

Amazon has pulled out of its commitment to build a headquarters in NYC that was based on over three billion dollars in incentives from NY City and NY state.

The company released a statement:

"For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,"

This is great news for the middle class in NYC, since handing Amazon $3 billion in corporate welfare would have hypergentrified the city, making housing unaffordable for hundreds of thousands. But it will really piss off the corporate Democrats, particularly governor Cuomo.

Here's what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said about Amazon:

Let's be clear. Amazon started an orgy of offerings from cities and states-- offerings to betray local communities and give Amazon insanely budget busting corporate welfare. The concept of screwing does not get any more rapacious. Amazon is the eight hundred-billion-pound gorilla in the room.

It is wonderful news that New Yorkers were able to speak up and stop what seems like an unstoppable monster. Amazon is one of a handful of monster megaplatforms that are a threat to so many aspects of life as we know it. The other platforms include Google, Facebook, Apple, for starters and should probably also include Microsoft, AT&T, Comcast, Fox, and Sinclair Media. These are all far more powerful than is safe for democracy, for humanity, for nature and certainly for the ninety-nine percent. They are too big and too powerful, just as billionaires are.

We have to include these megaplatforms in our conversation about getting rid of billionaires. The issue is the same--too much too-bigness. We need to make it illegal to be a billionaire and we need to make it impossible, and illegal for a company to acquire so much influence and power.

There is a movement, already underway, working on challenging the megaplatforms--the Platform Cooperativism movement. They hold an annual conference and they are creating alternative platforms--cooperative, collective projects, that have users and employees as the owners. The fact that they are collective will set off paranoid reflexes among conservatives. But they are addicted to living lives as passive authoritarians, being told what to do. They can't help their blind ignorance. The time is now to take advantage of this massive victory over a platform-- to learn from it and make more of such victories happen.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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