Net Neutrality Is Marxist?

Barry Roberts blr at robertsr.us
Fri Apr 9 17:28:41 MDT 2010


In answer to your subject line, no.  Net neutrality is clearly not Marxist.
The real question is, is government oversight (legislation, FCC, whatever)
going to increase our freedom or decrease it?

Net neutrality is a poorly defined set of principles that have mostly worked
for the Internet so far.  I would be really surprised if anybody on this
list is opposed to net neutrality.  But the debate now is whether the
government should enforce net neutrality.  That's an entirely different
issue, and one that I do think is rife with ulterior motives.

There is a lot of network management going on already, and I don't think I
want the FCC meddling in it.  I certainly don't want my tax dollars wasted
on universal broadband welfare as free press advocates.

Net neutrality is great.  But I would prefer to see it encouraged by the
market (even though it won't be anywhere near perfect) than
technically-challenged bureaucrats.



On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM, Ryan Simpkins <plug at ryansimpkins.com> wrote:

> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_neutrality
>
> Side "A" (the government wants to stop free speech):
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-2gykOf5Is
>
> http://www.americansforprosperity.org/102009-net-neutrality-whats-their-philosophy
>
> Side "B" (corporations want to stop free speech):
> http://www.cc.org/blog/net_neutrality_not_some_marxist_plot
> http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/10/04/06/courts-can
> ’t-take-away-our-internet
>
> Anyone care to post a rational response to these views? Perhaps the
> wikipedia
> article is wrong? Does it need to be edited to include a section on Net
> Neutrality being part of the "Marxist agenda?"
>
> I'm not taking sides, simply throwing out the information. If you support
> net
> neutrality, do you consider yourself a Marxist socialist?
>
> -Ryan
>
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