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The Nazis Are Everywhere

December 1, 2010 by

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced the next phase in the federal government’s war to destroy the Internet. Adam Thierer of Mercatus has the ugly details. The most likely outcome: The Internet will become more expensive, offer less choice, stifle innovation, and be subject to unrestricted government censorship.

Honestly, I’m thinking about giving up. Nobody wants to take the FTC threat seriously.


Garrett Kananen December 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Skip, I can honestly relate to what you must feel like right now (or at least try to). I’ve felt like giving up on things like this many times. It got so bad for me at one point, that I seriously contemplated just giving up keeping up with anything related to news, government, finances and at least just try to live a normal, happy life. Having this kind of vigilance to see the depredations that happen every day can be real burden. I don’t want to sound like I’m copping out or anything, but there are times when you feel that you just must let things run their course, no matter how bad they are.

Of course, I’m always open to hope that people will wake up!

Capt Mike December 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Hear Hear.

Well said, Garrett.

I also feel frustrated. It IS tough to bang your head against a wall of ignorance and/or apathy.

But really, we don’t have a choice. To give up is to essentially join the ranks of the sheeple.

I DO give up for a bit, then that hurts worse than ranting, so I end up going back to ranting.

But Skip, I’m at least ONE person that DOES value your posts, and pass them along to my not-yet-converts.

Hope ya get some comfort from that.

Bruce Koerber December 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Ethics has been run over and over by nationalism and all the fears and prejudices associated with that disease of the mind and spirit.

Greg December 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Nationalism, along with most of the other isms, are not diseases. They are not the products of a malfunctioning brain, but rather of a functioning one. Our brains are hardwired to like people who look like us and disklike those who don’t. These instincts have helped us to survive in the past, but we are fast approaching (past?) the point where some of these instincts are a liability rather than an asset. Will humans reach a point where we can use our intellect to consciously overcome our own nature? Will we evolve quickly enough to change these instincts? Will either of these happen before we destroy ourselves?

Bruce Koerber December 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

You must be thinking in physical terms because the isms are diseases. As a matter of course you make reference to the physical brain and I agree with you that the brain of the practitioners of the isms are not in a diseased state.

The dis-ease that I am talking about refers to the distortion of the human reality (which is one reality). The prejudices that distort the oneness of humankind are diseases of the mind, of the spirit, even if the brain is physically sound.

Ivan December 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

National-ism, Club-ism, Party-ism, group-ism, social-ism, commun-ism. Us and Them. There will ALWAYS be an Us and Them. Perhaps a healthy US and an diseased Them. Can we say that we will not belong to the “healthy” group for the sake of non-judgmentalism? Feign superiority to the “healthier” groups “way of life”, however perfect or imperfect that may be?

No, pride in identity will always exist, should exist, because there will ALWAYS be those maligned against you (US). Utopia does not exist outside of the ideal Heaven.

Aaron December 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I’m not giving up.

Anthony December 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Maybe companies will have to resort to saying “our site is free if you choose not to share your information, $10/month of not”… This will probably work until the government bans that too.

Matthew Swaringen December 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Skip, you’ll have to define “take the FTC threat seriously.” If you are expecting some kind of specific directed action I’d like to know what you think people here or elsewhere should be doing?

You’e provided a lot of good information to everyone here on them, so it would be a shame for you to stop trying to do this anymore. But if you aren’t having “fun” doing it, or you don’t feel it benefits you in the long run in any way then by all means stop. I’d like to think someone else would follow you on the task of following the FTC for what it is but I don’t know if that would happen.

Tristan Band December 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm

What this means is to focus on the long haul. Refine arguments, improve our understanding.

Les Smith December 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I smell an effort to collect more taxes…

DayOwl December 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

The mad scramble to control the internet is indicative of a power structure struggling against imminent demise. People who have been paying attention have seen that the current model (fiat currency, big government, bankrupting the populace) is unsustainable. Apparently the powers that be see it too. So they will do anything and everything to try to maintain status quo. The moves will be increasingly oppressive and bizarre. History tells the tale: this too shall pass.

That said,

Enforcement would be a nightmare. The technical barriers to this sort of policy are legion. There are so many people using the vast telecom infrastructure in clear violation of the law even now and no one is doing anything about it. File sharing has been targeted, but only a small number of prosecutions have been made. How could they possibly force any but the most prevalent government friendly sites to comply? What about sites based in other countries? Consider this number: There is a server for every ten internet users. Millions of servers throughout the world. (See http://videolectures.net/mmdss07_best_osi/ )

As prohibition has proven, laws don’t make things go away.

Capt Mike December 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Good points, but…..

The plucky few might get by, but they are ALREADY on the side of the Angels. As recent elections and polls have shown us, the great unwashed are completely clueless. So the mass sites (Facebook etc), where the unwashed get their info, will be easy targets for stage two of this takeover. And the grip will tighten…..

Seattle December 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

When prohibition happened, the “great unwashed” didn’t just stop drinking. The uninformed are that way because they don’t need to be. When the state starts taking away the things they care about, they learn how to be criminals very quickly.

pussum207 December 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm

The central problem I would suggest is that those with the resources to push back (i.e., large enterprises, either targets or potential targets) are too wedded to the opportunities provided by the FTC (or ITC, FCC, DOJ, antitrust, IP law, etc., etc.) to harass or distract their competitors. Each company thinks it will be uniquely smart or savvy enough to make use of the FTC (say) for their own ends but never be on the receiving end. (I have seen this mentality many times in my own work). The bizarre thing is that many of these companies (e.g., Apple, Intel, etc.) appear to have more of a consistent advantage in the (non-arbitrary) marketplace than they could ever realistically expect to have before regulators. In fact, in many cases, their marketplace success is precisely what makes them an attractive target for the state. Nothing will change until these parties wake up to the fact that government agencies are an elaborate “prisoner’s dilemma” and learn to wean themselves off using the state to make mischief for their competitors.

pussum207 December 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Also, Skip, don’t get discouraged. Remember: you’re doing it for the Remnant:


HL December 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Very good point.

BioTube December 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Funny thing is, the idea could be implemented much better with the user agent information: just append a some standard string and a dumb ad system’s used instead of the targeted version. Of course, that doesn’t entail near the power growth.

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