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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/7563/against-a-national-broadband-policy/

Against a National Broadband Policy

December 19, 2007 by

The hype surrounding broadband socialism has grown over the past year. New political alliances have begun to promote regulations that will allow the federal government to use its seemingly idle hands to touch private pies.

Not only do presidential candidates such as Barack Obama seek to subsidize technological rollouts at the expense of coerced taxpayers, but, along with Representative Ed Markey, they want to regulate what network property owners do with their own infrastructure. All of this is done under the guise of the new populistic policy called network neutrality.FULL ARTICLE

{ 11 comments }

Inquisitor December 19, 2007 at 11:02 am

Great article. It contains a treasure trove of sources.

Theresa Nielsen December 19, 2007 at 11:08 am

I understand the concept of the demise we face when either the individual or the State tries to centralize everything. However, I do feel a bit confused after reading the broadband article for I wished that it could had gone straight to the point. Was net neutrality a covert way of not preserving Freedom on the Internet and is National for all Broadband a similar tricky way of the “State” using it for other then intended purposes? I am not clear as to the REAL point you were trying to make or for us to learn.
One more thing, please remember that this newer generation is a “Tabloid and filtered media population”, and the vocabulary that most of you super college grads use may not quickly reach our minds. Time is of essence and we need to reach the average Joe on the street and super fancy wording will make it that much more difficult to get the main point or educational concepts across. Our Republic is crumbling as we speak.

IMHO December 19, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Theresa,

“…please remember that this newer generation is a “Tabloid and filtered media population”, and the vocabulary that most of you super college grads use may not quickly reach our minds. Time is of essence and we need to reach the average Joe on the street and super fancy wording will make it that much more difficult to get the main point or educational concepts across. Our Republic is crumbling as we speak.”

I appreciate the fact that Mises does NOT present its material in a predigested format designed to accommodate the tabloid and “filtered media” population.

The dumbing down of America has resulted in the “average Joe on the street” being unable to comprehend higher level reading material; and, quite frankly, I doubt very much that Mises would contribute to the long, downward spiral of our educational system by lowering its standards.

If someone doesn’t understand a particular topic, there are a number of options available to them. They can ask a question, and someone will most likely be happy to answer it. They can reread the article. There is also available here at the website (at no cost to you) a great deal of basic reading material as well as an on-line bookstore. As for the “super fancy wording,” one can always consult a dictionary.

IMHO, the lowering of educational standards is contributing to the crumbling of the Republic by creating a nation of intellectually lazy sheep.

Josh December 19, 2007 at 8:52 pm

On behalf of Massachusetts, I would just like to apologize for Ed Markey… and John Kerry and Ted Kennedy and William Delahunt and Niki Tsongas…

JC Hewitt December 20, 2007 at 1:39 am

IMHO, the lowering of educational standards is contributing to the crumbling of the Republic by creating a nation of intellectually lazy sheep.

Should there even be such things as “educational standards” set by the state? That’s what got us into this mess in the first place.

She makes a good point. The message can and should be spread to popular audiences in an appealing fashion. There’s no need for elitism. No one is calling for all copies of Human Action to be burned and replaced with a Golden Books version.

R. December 21, 2007 at 7:57 am

“Standards” don’t need to be set by a State, rather, they are best found in the expectations of a community. To meet my personal “educational standards”, which are more or less the same as those of my friends and acquaintances, one must come across to me as an educated person. The “standard” is to be found in the definition of an “educated person” by society in general, which is indeed lower than it should be.

C. A. December 21, 2007 at 10:30 am

Oh noes! teh SOCIALISTS are coming for our internet! Curse those SOCIALIST COMMUNISTS and their desire to ensure that ISPs can’t intentionally slow down webpages, such as this one, that do not have the traffic or bribing power of CNN or Ebay. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you…

Inquisitor December 21, 2007 at 10:43 am

Talk about trolling.

Friends Of Liberty December 21, 2007 at 1:54 pm

If anything should be outlawed and criminalized, it should be collectivism and statism in all their myriad forms. I am so sick and tired of collectivism. Are intellectuals really so stupid, or are they just clever power-mongers?

nemo December 21, 2007 at 8:53 pm

You have courage as writers will be the first to be rounded up.

IMHO December 22, 2007 at 4:04 pm

JC,

The people who take the time to contribute these articles are worthy of emulation, not snide remarks such as “super fancy wording” or “super college grads”. If that makes me a statist or an elitist, then so be it.

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