It’s a curious saying, “Render unto Caesar.” Advice to the oppressed, give it up, accept what you can not change. Don’t organize a resistance. Don’t fight back. Cave. No matter that he’s evil, illegitimate, foreign, and couldn’t careless about your culture. Of course in context the entire quote is about surrender “…and unto God the things that are God’s” so it is really pretty consistently in the give it up and submit school of philosophy.
But there are times when it’s probably good advise: fighting city hall, gravity, death and taxes, etc.
I’ve spent a lot of calories over the years declining to submit to Microsoft’s monopoly. Even had some success in doing so. But rolling the clock back I’m comfortable that I didn’t expend too much effort evangelizing that other people decline to submit to that Caesar.
That’s all water under the bridge, more or less, but this issue arises again and again. A dominate commercial monopoly exercises their power in offensive evil ways and the choice arises, submit or sign-up for the extremely abrasive alternative of fighting or shunning the network?
What brings this all to mind? Today’s example – Facebook v.s. Google