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Michael van der Galien

Thomas Friedman Explains Why Leftists Want to Regulate the Internet

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Posted on August 8 2010 11:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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In his book The World Is Flat New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman perfectly explains why modern day leftists want to regulate the Internet:

Nevertheless, this period from 11/9 [the launch of web browser Netscape] to the mid-1990s led to a huge advance in personal empowerment. Looking back, one can say that it was the age of “Me and my machine can now talk to each other better and faster, so that I personally can do more tasks” and the age of “Me and my machine can now talk to a few friends and some other people in my company better and faster, so we can become more productive.”

As I said, this level of connectivity surely helped to put the nail in the coffin of communism, because the very tools that were being used to improve productivity in the West (PCs, faxes, modems), even though much scarcer in the East, vastly improved horizontal person-to-person communication there, to the detriment of top-down Communist systems.

Granted, that excerpt wasn’t about 2010, but today’s progressives understand full well that they can forget about their fancy Big Government plans if the Internet remains open. No top-down system can exist (for long) if citizens have unlimited access to information, opinions, and if constant innovation isn’t merely an advantage but an absolute necessity in order to thrive. Progressives know this as well as anyone, which is why they’re determined to “regulate” the world wide web… and that’s precisely why we – as conservatives and libertarians – have to do everything within our power to stop them.

If you want to read The World is Flat, and I strongly encourage you to do so, you can order a copy here.

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