Meet Ryan Farber, The Young Progressive Announcing A Bid For The White House
Ryan Farber is a young ambitious progressive with his sights set on a bid for the presidency, and a platform based primarily on 4 main pillars which mainstream politicians and pundits have ignored, and in some cases, actively fought against. Anti-Trust/corruption, A new and improved Medicare For All, Income Inequality, and Climate Change. I spoke with Mr. Farber about some of the important issues facing modern political discourse...
Farber, who's Twitter account labels him "the least rich and least famous candidate running for President in 2020" has an ardent focus on corruption, and the festering sore of money in politics. "Once you can localize the production and distribution of goods and services in an industry, specifically, you can actually produce more, and get more out of those [industries], and pay people more money...", saying of giant companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, "We have to break those companies up". I asked Farber, who hopes to raise the minimum wage to $16/hr by 2024, how to offset the eclipsing of the American worker by automation, should certain industries be tempted to lay off workers against the backdrop of an increased federal minimum wage. He turned again to the importance of localizing the economy, and the effects that breaking up America's largest companies would have on job markets within those industries, stating that "Once you move to a society that does not put the power into the hands of only a few corporations, then you have money flowing in various pockets throughout the country..."
I asked Mr. Farber, with regard to his pursuance of anti-trust enforcement, how to do more than cease the snowballing of corporatocracy, but to actually take back some of the already lost ground from the perspective of an already marginalized workforce. He stated that "Firstly, we should be enforcing the anti-trust laws that are already on the books. Anything that can be broken up, we should consider breaking it up. The second step would be to put a moratorium on industries that are over-consolidated. A good example would be Facebook, and the tech industry..." Farber proposes to prevent Facebook from growing inorganically, and tie the company to solely organic growth, which, he states, "would allow other smaller companies to compete with a Facebook over a longer period of time". Farber, while he says he is not completely familiar with the ins and outs of the legislation, says that "at the concept level" he does support the anti-corruption legislation sponsored by Sen. Warren (D-MA) to halt the "revolving door" between the floors of Congress and lobbying institutions.
In our interview, Farber also went after "MindGeek", a Canada-based pornographic company with offices in California, which he claims owns disproportionate shares of the industry, and, driven by the acquisition of capital, has become acquiescent to human trafficking in the process. According to Wikipedia, the company is worth $460 million. Farber claims that the company "owns or operates 70% of the porn sites in the United States", saying "if you want to decrease human trafficking, break this company up".
Mr. Farber had no hesitation in praising Julian Assange and Edward Snowden as American heroes, saying "Anyone who is willing to expose the crappiness of our system will always be called out... even if you disagree with the way they went about things... they are both American heroes."
When asked if he considered himself a democratic socialist, Farber pivoted from labelism, but did state that he advocated for "a resource-based economy", and a "push toward the local level", and against the broken system which festers the greed (a word he was less than comfortable using) that sets in place the fiscal perimeters subjugating the American worker. Farber hopes to change the system by changing the perimeters of incentive within which we program our industries to thrive, and lauding the production and workplace that a greener energy infrastructure would be an inevitable harbinger of. Within that context, I asked if he supported the "Green New Deal" offered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "Oh, 100%, definitely!" he enthusiastically interjected mid-question, adding that he hoped to see similar ideas echoed and implemented globally. He also proposes "an open-source drug development platform" to combat inflated pharmaceutical costs, and Medicare For All, one of the "four main pillars" of his platform.