Friday, February 27, 2015

That's A Really Big Foot

Just two days ago THC wrote in Barriers To Entry:
You can see this process going on right now with the FCC's announced decision, at the behest of the White House, to extend its authority to regulate the Internet as a government utility in the name of "net neutrality".  They've promised it'll be just the right amount of regulation and not too much regulation but the important thing from a progressive prospective is the ability of the government to claim the right to regulate as much as it deems appropriate.  And, if the FCC is successful with its power grab, we all know what that little bit of regulation will ultimately become. 
And what do we have pop up on YouTube today?  Confirmation of THC's thesis from an authoritative source.  This is Hilary Clinton's endorsement of net neutrality and the FCC action.  Apart from the fact that her knowledge about the issue seems rather shaky the most interesting justification she gives in support of the FCC is that "it's a foot in the door" because "we need to do more" after this initial regulatory foray.   Yes, indeed there is always "more to do" when it comes to regulation.  Always keep in mind that it is not the details of the regulation that are most important for these folks; it is the successful assertion of the right to regulate.  They can always figure out what they want to do later.If you are interested in another take on net neutrality you can read this from Nick Gillespie.

And speaking of feet here's one possible future envisioned by George Orwell in 1984:
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

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