President Obama and his Democrat allies want to pretend that their plans for “net neutrality” are focused on ensuring an open and free internet for future generations. However, we already have an open and free internet… so the question is: how could getting the government more involved in what happens on the internet make these things “better”?
The short answer? It Can’t.
Net Neutrality is the Democrats attempt to give the government control over the Internet and the end game would be very, very bad for freedom.
Which is why Ted Cruz is speaking out against net neutrality now…
The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is net neutrality,” Cruz said in an emailed statement. “In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities, and higher prices for consumers. The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”
Joshua Steimie of Forbes online wrote an excellent article not too long ago explaining a few of the MANY hazards of net neutrality.
One reason was that net neutrality will kill freedom – seriously.
Many of us tend to see the U.S. government as a benevolent and all-knowing parent with the best interests of you and me, its children, at heart. I see the U.S. government as a dangerous tyrant, influenced by large corporate interests, seeking to control everyone and everything. Perhaps these diverging perspectives on the nature of the U.S. government are what account for a majority of the debate between proponents and opponents of Net Neutrality. If I believed the U.S. government was omniscient, had only good intentions, and that those intentions would never change, I would be in favor of Net Neutrality and more. But it wasn’t all that long ago that FDR was locking up U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry in concentration camps or Woodrow Wilson was outlawing political dissent. More recently we’ve seen the U.S. government fight unjust wars, topple elected democracies, and otherwise interfere in world affairs. We’ve seen the same government execute its own citizens in violation of Fifth Amendment rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Simply put–I don’t trust the U.S. government. Nor do I trust any other government, even if “my team” wins the election. I see any increase in regulation, however well-intentioned, however beneficial to me today, as leading to less freedom for me and society generally in the long term. For this reason those who rose up against SOPA and PIPA a few years ago should be equally opposed to Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality is a bad idea that will lead to a bad end. Please, join us in standing against net neutrality and for freedom.
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