Friday, March 27, 2015

Net Neutrality To Suppress Free Speech

                 Net neutrality? The FCC commissioner himself, Ajit Pai, wrote, “The order imposes intrusive government regulations that won’t work to solve a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority the FCC doesn’t have.”
                Well said, sir.
                This is simply another power grab by an insatiable federal government drunk on its own success at cowing and controlling the people… and thereby trashing the Constitution like a Frat house on Friday night.
                As always, statists couch their arguments for usurping more and more power from the people in terms of wanting to protect the people from those who (they say) have power…namely evil corporations headed by white males. Or, in this case, Internet service providers, which are, oddly enough, not exactly bastions of conservatism.
                Of course, in the real world, those of us who truly cherish free and open communication have a great deal more to fear from the federal government than we do from our ISP’s.
                In recent years, leftists in Washington have tried to use the FCC to destroy conservative talk radio (“the Fairness Doctrine”; I always loved that one…no fairness, all Doctrine). They’ve used the IRS to target and suppress conservative political groups, they’ve tried to “amend” the First Amendment to permit much more regulation of political speech, and, with Robert Kennedy Jr., have actually called for the imprisonment of those who disagree with them on certain issues.
               The "Net Neutrality Act" ( a misnomer, as it isn't an "act", is not legislation and wasn't "passed" by a deliberative body of elected representatives) will slowly but inevitably lead to abuse and the squelching of innovation and expression even as it purportedly seeks to protect free and unfettered access to legal sites and content.  The Fairness Doctrine was really designed to vastly curtail free speech. The People’s Republic of China is not a Republic, but  a communist dictatorship where the people have little  to no say in their government. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is neither democratic nor a Republic and its citizen-slaves that haven’t starved to death yet have even less say in their government- and their lives- than the Chinese do. Statists love to use certain words and phrases in their  false advertising campaigns to convince the people to trust them and relinquish their natural rights to the federal government.
                The internet  ushered in a new era of freedom…of thought and mind. Despite its excesses, it had made it much, much harder for dictators and totalitarian states to shield their citizens from information and ideas that they don’t wish them to be exposed to.
                Recently the governments of North Korea, China, and Russia, among others, have taken control of the internet and now determine what sites their subjects can and can’t have access to
                Incredibly, the United States is now essentially going to  follow suit.

                The affect of the Net Neutrality Act is not neutral.
                The government is yet again empowered.

                The people are neutered.


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