Sounds like evolution on speed and steroids. The left should love it — except they don’t. When it comes to the economy, they eschew the Darwinian decentralized disorder that has created our diverse, beautiful planet — and instead demand ossified, centralized planning.
The left loves Network Neutrality. A top-down government Internet uber-regulation that in multiple directions prohibits Natural Selection — and ultimately, a private sector Internet.
“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
Central planning doesn’t get more central or planned than that. And how is this anti-Darwinism applied?
“Consumer groups are outraged about a potential plan for ESPN to subsidize smartphone data usage, saying it would violate the principle of net neutrality,” a story at The Hill read recently.
Get that? Leftist “consumer groups” want the government to block an evolutionary next step — a private company making things cheaper for consumers. How is that in consumers’ interest?
If it works, all the better, for everyone. Natural selection will have others emulating them, and the downward price pressure will continue to expand. If it doesn’t, natural selection will make it go away.
But it’ll probably work. ESPN’s proposal is really just Darwin-esque copycatting of successes elsewhere. Ever heard of an 800 phone number — where a private company pays for your call to them? Or free shipping — where a private company pays to deliver you the goods you purchased from them?
Of course you have. The left, apparently, has not — or chooses to ignore this little slice of reality.
No amount of economic dynamism shakes their government-centric monomania.
(Netflix) agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Comcast to ensure that its streaming of online movies and TV shows runs smoothly.
It’s a stunning about-face, according to critics, who fear the deal imperils the concept of network neutrality….
Another evolutionary advance – better delivery of a high-broadband-demand service, at no additional consumer cost. And the Left objects.
If you asked Netflix users which they preferred — faster, cheaper movie streaming or Net Neutrality, guess which one they’ll choose?
One can only hope.
If we are to continue to evolve, we must allow the left’s dinosaur regulatory approach to — well, go the way of the dinosaur.
Stop propping up Jurassic government — and let the mammalian free market flourish.