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Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on Web Discussions: Flat by Design at Coding Horror
"But please, please also join us in attacking the far more pernicious problem of lobbyist money subtly corrupting our government." If you think fighting lobbyists is the answer, then you probably also think cough medicine is good for tuberculosis. Lobbyists are a symptom of the problem. The real problem is the centralization of power far beyond anything imagined by those who founded our government. The whole point behind the separation of powers and the checks and balances placed on our federal government is to prevent exactly what is happening today. You can't pass enough anti-lobbying laws to fix this. We need to fight against the notion that every problem needs to be addressed by an all powerful government. Face facts--politicians are too stupid and too easily corrupted to be trusted with anything important.
Oh, and to counter Matthew Scouten above, I think it is probable that a lot of the pro-FCC-takeover, pro-statist comments are astro-turf, being payed for by political organizations that stand to reap power from the takeover and fat cash from their cronies by ensuring their competition gets weeded out.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
Holy crap. So we have unelected bureaucrats at the FCC deciding unanimously that it can regulate one of the most important innovations in the history of humanity. The FCC, which went ape*t over Janet Jackson's flapjack was broadcast on the Superbowl, which has a history of standing in the way of innovation (re: Sirius/XM merger) and a long love of censorship. And, to top it all off, we have politicians TRYING to give the power to the President to turn it all off with a flick of a switch. Kinda like is happening in the middle east, right now. And its all based on exactly what? The possibility that a company may do something bad? I'd trust Anonymous' DDOS more than some unelected sycophantic bureaucrat protecting us from some crony-capitalist company that gave the party of the bureaucrat a million during the last election cycle. This. Is. A. Dumb. Idea.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
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