Vivek Ramaswamy is a Yale University-educated biotech entrepreneur and published author. In a few months’ time, the 37-year-old Ohio resident might add “presidential candidate” to his resume.
In the meantime, Ramaswamy has been busy preaching his everyday message to the American public: Value free speech and open debates, abhor censorship, and succeed in life through a meritocracy-based system instead of being judged by race or status.
“Wouldn’t it be great if the people who are elected to run the government … were actually running the government?” Ramaswamy asked Newsmax on Thursday evening, while appearing on “Spicer & Co.” with hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith.
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Ramaswamy has similarly strong opinions about AT&T’s recent decision to remove Newsmax from DirecTV’s channel lineup.
On Wednesday, Ramaswamy tweeted: “DirecTV’s cancellation of @NEWSMAX is appalling & reveals the real anticompetitive problem today: an oligopoly of ideas. It’s not a standard product cartel. It’s an *ideological cartel* that punishes any defectors who espouse a different view. Crony capitalism fuels this problem.”
During his Newsmax interview, Ramaswamy doubled down on that anti-censorship sentiment.
DirecTV’s purging of Newsmax is “deeply concerning to citizens across the country. I didn’t write that because I love Newsmax. I also love this country, and we have an ideological cartel here,” said Ramaswamy.
“It’s not an old-school form of monopoly, where they would jack up the price” of a good or service, said Ramaswamy.
Rather, “it’s an ideological cartel that punishes the defector. … It’s a monopoly on ideas; and I think that’s the most dangerous kind of monopoly — especially when [companies are] working hand in glove to censor content that the government itself disfavors,” continued Ramaswamy, author of “Woke Inc: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.”
This form of censorship “would have George Washington and [“1984” author] George Orwell doing backflips in their graves. And I actually applaud Newsmax for standing up with a spine,” said Ramaswamy, while adding that limiting free speech cuts to the heart “of what it means to live in a free society.”
And when “it comes to fighting the aristocracy … I think things are going to change, if we get the right leaders in charge,” added Ramaswamy.
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