S.Never mind that the American dream is dead. It is still being realized today, and sometimes even quickly. Lina Khan is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, just 32 years old and not even born in the United States. She only came to the country when she was eleven. Since mid-June of this year, she has headed the Federal Trade Commission FTC, one of the country’s important antitrust authorities, with a clear mandate to put corporations in their place that seem too powerful. Not only had President Joe Biden named her as his nominee for the governing body of the agency, he immediately made her boss when the Senate approved her. It was an unusual move that expressed a new determination in competition control.
Not that she was a stranger. In her comparatively young years, Khan had already earned a reputation as a sharp and astute critic of large corporations and especially of the technology giants of Silicon Valley. They are now taking this very seriously. Amazon and Facebook have each applied to the FTC for Khan to withdraw from merger or takeover investigations in which the two companies are involved because of bias. However, that would not be in the interests of the people in charge who lifted them into this position. Khan sits where she sits precisely because of her critical stance towards the tech giants.