The left’s misdirection on government Internet censorship

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Seton Motley
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      Seton Motley

      Seton Motley is a consultant and the founder and president of Less Government, an organization dedicated to, well, less government. He is editor-in-chief of StopNetRegulation.org, a Center for Individual Freedom project.

In Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

Foolish inconsistency ain’t a whole lot better.

To wit:

Other Ideas Concerning Internet Censorship

… it would be a mistake to adopt the … approach … The problem … is that they go after all the wrong problems …

… There are a whole bunch of issues involved with breaking the Internet and the way it works …

Internet Censorship: Not Today, Not Tomorrow

Internet censorship is coming to America …

Internet Censorship Legislation

Every site with user-generated content, including this one, would be put at risk …

Internet Censorship

Advocacy groups … would launch an immediate constitutional challenge to the bill’s censorship mandates …

There are myriad more citations from whence these came, but you get the idea.

Are these network neutrality-related quotes — culled from conservatives, libertarians and free marketeers concerned about net neutrality’s very dangerous and very obvious threat to the First Amendment?

Ummm, no. They are from far-left outfits.

Those quotes are from Google chairman and President Barack Obama crony Eric Schmidt, Free Press, Firedoglake and Censorship in America, respectively. They’re referring to two bills — the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act — currently wending their ways through Congress.

What have these same joints had to say in the past about the unmitigated free-speech assault that is net neutrality?

A Note to Google Users (Eric Schmidt)

There’s a debate heating up in Washington, DC on … “net neutrality” — and it’s a debate that’s so important Google is asking you to get involved.

… the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest …

Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality — Tuesday Betrayal Assured (Free Press)

Late Monday, a majority of the FCC’s commissioners indicated that they’re going to vote with (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule …

…The rule is so riddled with loopholes that it’s become clear that this FCC chairman crafted it with the sole purpose of winning the endorsement of AT&T and cable lobbyists, and not defending the interests of the tens of millions of Internet users …

Fake Net Neutrality Proposal to Get Rubber-Stamped Today (Firedoglake)

Julius Genachowski’s pretend net neutrality plan …

… Genachowski’s own statement … portends the expected disaster. The list of “supporters” of his rule include front groups being paid by the telecoms, and the Communication Workers of America, which has always lined up behind AT&T on net neutrality.

Guest Opinion: Protect Internet From Corporate Censorship (Censorship in America)

… a new draft proposal by the Federal Communications Commission set for a vote today that promises to preserve network neutrality might actually do more harm than good …

…The big telecom companies have claimed network neutrality violates their First Amendment rights by limiting their ability to act as editor of our online experience. But free speech is a two-way street and includes access to information …

… what threatens the Internet’s valuable democratic and participatory nature now isn’t the government, but corporate censorship …