Senator Josh Hawley’s book on the power and influence of Big Tech companies has become a bestseller, despite publisher Simon & Schuster announced in January that it would no longer be printing the book amid Hawley’s allegations of voter fraud prior to the Capitol riots.
Hawley, a Missouri Republican, had the conservative publisher Regnery Publishing print his book, The Tyranny of Big Tech, on May 4.
US Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, wrote a book about the “tyranny” of big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. He is pictured here at a Senate Committee hearing in April
The book was published by Regnery Publishing in May, after Simon & Schuster announced it would no longer be published, and it has since become a bestseller
In the book, Hawley compares technology giants – such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon – to the mid-1800s robber barons such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, who used exploitative practices to increase their wealth. .
These practices include exercising control over the country’s natural resources, influencing politicians, crushing competition, and selling stocks at high prices to unsuspecting investors.
Hawley claims the tech companies are pursuing similar practices, with the federal government making it increasingly difficult to prosecute them for engaging in espionage practices and providing them with subsidies.
“The free market hasn’t really worked when it comes to big tech, because the federal government has put a big thumb in the scale of these platforms,” Hawley said. Fox news host Mark Levin. ‘It is government interference that has made great technology great.’
He said it is now ‘time to take them apart’ and ‘return power to the people’, arguing in his book that the government must ‘build an economy that will make the working class strong, independent and to no one. mandatory ‘. according to the Amazon resume.
“The time is right to overcome the tyranny of Big Tech by reshaping the business and legal landscape of the digital world,” it reads.
In his book, Hawley (right) compares the big tech companies to the robber barons of the 19th century and claims they employ similar practices, he recently told FOX News presenter Mark Levin.
The book was originally due to be published by Simon & Schuster in June, but in January the company announced that it had terminated its contract with the senator for his alleged role in promoting the January 6 Capitol riots.
‘As a publishing house, our mission will always be to amplify a variety of voices and points of view,’ said Simon & Schuster in a statement to The New York Times. “At the same time, we take our increased public responsibility as citizens seriously and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat.”
Hawley had objected to the Electoral College certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, claiming that a 2019 Pennsylvania law extending mail-in voting violates the state constitution.
He was also photographed before the Capitol invasion raised his fist, seemingly in support of the thousands who marched to Washington on Jan. 6 to protest the election results.
He later condemned the violence, NBC reports, saying he was simply representing his constituents in Missouri, a state that Donald Trump won in the 2020 presidential election.
Hawley was pictured raising his fist at a far-right group that had gathered outside the Capitol on January 6 to protest the 2020 election results. Hours later, many of the group would storm the Capitol.
Simon & Schuster dropped Hawley as a client after the violence, which Hawley claimed was ‘Orwellian’ and ‘a direct attack on the First Amendment’
In a statement on Twitter following Simon & Schuster’s announcement that it would no longer publish his book, Hawley said the company “ canceled my contract because I represented my constituents and led a debate on the Senate floor over voter integrity, that they have now decided to redefine it as sedition. ‘
“It’s a direct attack on the First Amendment,” he continued. Only an approved speech can now be published. This is links that anyone wants to cancel that they don’t approve. ‘
“I’ll fight this cancellation culture with everything I have,” he said. “We’ll see you in court.”
Just over a week later, conservative publishing house Regnery Publishing said they would release the book a month earlier than Simon & Schuster planned to publish it.
‘It’s daunting to see [Simon & Schuster] cringe in front of the ‘awakened crowd,’ as Senator Hawley rightly calls it, ” President and publisher Thomas Spence said in a statement at the time.
Regnery is proud to stand in the breach with him. And the warning in his book on censorship clearly couldn’t be more urgent. ‘
Regnery has previously published books by authors such as Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz.