Google's Eric Schmidt, a proud supporter and adviser to the Obama administration, has emerged as a brazen rogue capitalist.
First Schmidt proudly bragged that Google's tax avoidance schemes are 'capitalism' - this while the president castigates millionaires and special interests who don't pay their fair share to the federal coffers.
Now Schmidt is visiting North Korea with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, putting the US in an awkward position as we try to pressure newly minted dictator Kim Jong Un on a range of issues, not the least of which is his evolving missile program which could touch the US.
Does anyone think Schmidt will open up the Hermit Kingdom to the wonders of social media and the internet?
Can anyone imagine if this were Exxon-Mobil or Haliburton making such a visit under a Republican administration?
This provides one more point for conspiracy theorists that Google is taking over the world. In more prosaic terms, it is big time rogue, crony capitalism.