Ready to do an interesting experiment?
You’ll love this. It’ll be fun.
Here’s what you do. Make a new word processing document or spreadsheet, and start making a list of everyone you’ve ever heard push for net neutrality. If you have no idea what net neutrality is, it’s a nicey-nice phrase for regulating the internet by placing it under the umbrella of the FCC. You know, the FCC, those really nice, rational, fair, uncorrupt guys who decide what you can or can’t say on television or radio stations.
Any time you hear any of your friends or family say they want net neutrality, put them on your list. Any time you hear any political pundit, TV personality, or celebrity push for net neutrality, put them on there too. (And if course, if you are for net neutrality, put yourself on the list as well.)
Keep adding to the list whenever you hear people call for or support net neutrality.
Then, and this is the hardest step, keep the list handy where you can access it and not forget it 5-10 years from now. I realize that might sound difficult, but wherever you keep your main documents, keep your net neutrality list in there. I promise you the payoff is worth it.
Then, once net neutrality becomes law, and it will, since government grows and freedom diminishes every year, keep that document and don’t delete it.
Here’s the final step. Several years after net neutrality becomes the law of the land, if you ever hear a friend, family member, political pundit, or celebrity who is furious that the government isn’t letting them say something on the internet, pull out your list and see if their name is on it.
I think you’ll be very surprised that you may find their name is on your list.
Then laugh (or cry) at how irrational people are about government power. If you know the person personally, you can point out to him or her that they were the ones screaming for the government to regulate the internet in the first place. That probably wasn’t a very good idea, was it?
Of course, I already know it’s not a good idea for government to regulate the internet. But sadly, I’m probably in the minority, and like most of these kinds of issues, people are going to have to actually suffer real pain before they realize what they did was wrong.
I promise you this is going to happen to thousands of people now screaming for net neutrality. It’s going to pass, then the government will prevent these people from saying things they want to say on their web site, blog, YouTube channel, Twitter, or whatever.
One of the fundamental flaws in human nature is that those who beg for more government power over their lives tend to be the same people who later are the most angry when government uses that same power against them.
Click right here and read Fred Reed’s latest article. He lays out this insanity better than I ever could. And start your list! (I’ve started mine!)