[ExI] internet regulation as a public utility

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 23:37:53 UTC 2014

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM, James Clement <clementlawyer at gmail.com>

> On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>> It does, thanks James.  I read up on it and I come away with little
>> doubt: any attempt at regulation is a bad thing.  It sets up too many risks
>> for violation of free speech enforced by the IRS.  I don’t trust the party
>> currently in power nor the one that is coming in January.
> So, does that mean you're *against* net neutrality, since such would be a
> regulation imposed on ISPs by the FCC?  BTW, here's another good
> explanation: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality
>> Free speech has its price.  It’s worth it.
> Whose free speech, corporations? I'm one of those anarchist/libertarians
> who thinks personhood for corporations should be abolished, so they can no
> longer claim protection under the Constitution.

### The notion that net neutrality is a way of protecting liberty is an
example of psy-ops, a masterful sleight-of-hand that allowed our enemies to
co-opt a lot of otherwise nice people.

Obviously, once you allow an unaccountable but ultimately venal bureaucracy
to even more minutely control an activity (whether it's making cheese or
sending bits around), the goals of the bureaucracy will take precedence
over the goals of other persons involved in the activity. It's a very
general observation, largely independent of context and content. That's why
farmers go to prison for making good cheese and if you are at the wrong
place at the wrong time, an unpasteurized cheese connoisseur can get in
trouble with the law, too. That's why once the FCC is done with its
internet takeover, users will have no input to the workings of the
internet. They will have to pay whatever the bureaucrats demand for
whatever the bureaucrats give - consumers will be completely deprived of
our current true source of power, the power of exit and the power of easily
finding somebody else to take our money in exchange for giving us what we
want. All control will belong to bureaucrats and those rich enough off to
pay them off.

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