lars.rasmussen at gmail.com
Fri Feb 16 07:48:36 MST 2007
On 2/15/07, Andy Bradford <amb-1166294724 at bradfords.org> wrote:
> Thus said "Lars Rasmussen" on Tue, 13 Feb 2007 07:43:32 MST:
> > Whoa there. If we didn't over-legislate & regulate, people might
> > start governing themselves, with all the implications of personal
> > responsibility. Free markets might further develop. Nations might be
> > more independent.
> Looks like my attempt at sarcasm wasn't so clean. Those who actually
> know me (we've never met so you can't have known really), will attest
> that I'm clearly an anti-state, free market activist.
> I was hoping my comment would make people think a little about things by
> touching on something that is likely very dear to any techie's heart:
> the Internet and regulation thereof. Maybe if people can see the light
> about regulation of this one thing and thus realize how the State truly
> functions, they can begin to apply it to other areas and begin to
> realize that regulation/legislation is not, nor does it foster, freedom
> by any stretch of the word.
Your attempt at sarcasm was understood. Mine own attempt to add it to
it, perhaps was not so much so.
I'm very supportive of the principles of limited government, limited
legislation/regulation, and free markets myself. I also believe in
personal responsibility, and strongly influence and control my
children's access to media, including what we allow in our home. The
kids' computer in our home does not yet have a network connection, but
In my case I'll be choosing 'deny all' for my children's computer, and
whitelisting sites as my wife and I decide what we would like our kids
to access. For my kids the computer is to be a tool & a special
privilege, and I want them to be able to learn well from it.
I am not excited about the prospect of my kids wasting endless hours
on some crap site like disney.com when they could be reading a good
book. I do not want my children exposed to someone else's internet
marketing model with which my wife & I disagree, but I support free
markets. The two things do not seem mutually exclusive to me.
And while I'm on my soapbox, why are there 15-20 minutes of
commercials before I watch a movie on DVD or at the theater? I guess
I'll need to exercise my fair use rights to strip those features out
of a DVD or not be present in the theater while the commercials &
Again, it's free markets _and_ free will.
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