From the web site “RedState”, May 24, “Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites: A recent study conducted by the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) in Venezuela has confirmed that at least 43 different websites are being blocked in the country, shedding new light on the filtering practices of the Venezuelan government. The research focused on documenting incidents surrounding web access and net neutrality, zeroing in on the treatment of national networks during the 2015 elections.”
Two years ago, in March 2014, the U.S. Government announced that it was giving up control on September 15 of ‘The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’, ICANN, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that kept order on the internet. They primarily organize the domain name system.
At the same time, Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communication said, “the timing is right to start the transition process” referring to his long time push for U.N. control of the internet. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed saying that a “single, open, free, secure and trustworthy internet should be supported by all stake-holders”.
From The Washington Post, June 12, 2015, “It’s official: As of Friday morning, the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules became the law of the land when a federal court rebuffed a plea by Internet providers to block the regulation.”
Two years ago, I wrote, “That begs the question as to who will determine what is undue discrimination etc? The U.N.? Or will we create an Internet Czar reporting to the president? Determining which activities are legal looks like it could be a whole new full employment program for lawyers”. This was clearly a solution looking for a problem.
In the same “RedState” article, they quote college professor and avowed Marxist Robert McChesney, “Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.”
It is beyond my comprehension that people like professor McChesney and those pictured above demonstrating in favor of Net Neutrality willfully ignore, that whatever the state is able to give, is also able to take away. That reality has certainly come home to the citizens of Venezuela. These must have been the people Lenin was thinking of when he coined the phrase ‘Useful Idiot’.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”