Posted by: Nathan Schulzke | February 13, 2010

Liscencing Freedom of Speech?

Does that seem like a contradiction in terms?

At telegraph.co.uk:

The American blogosphere is going increasingly “viral” about a proposal advanced at the recent meeting of the Davos Economic Forum by Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, that an equivalent of a “driver’s licence” should be introduced for access to the web. This totalitarian call has been backed by articles and blogs in Time magazine and the New York Times.

Time and the NYT have been exposed by the blogosphere as sniveling Obama-worshiping socialists.  So of course they’re for this proposal.  I don’t know much about Microsoft as a company, but I would have thought that they wouldn’t be in favor of this type of totalitarianism.

The system being proposed is very similar to one that the government of Red China reluctantly abandoned as too repressive.

Wait a second.  Communist China considered this proposal to be too repressive?  We’re talking the guys who have Google and company filter out words like “democracy” from their search pages.  And Microsoft thought the proposal would go over well here?  And apparently it has, at least with the lefty media.

The United Nations is showing similar interest in moving to eliminate free speech.

From the people who brought you the IPCC!  No surprise there, as the UN too has been harmed by the blogosphere’s attacks on AGW.

The recent uprising in the blogosphere that resulted in the overturning of the Global Warming consensus can only have focused our rulers’ attention more acutely on this infuriating challenge to their totalitarian control. “What will go next?” they must be asking themselves. Unrestricted immigration? Punitive taxation? Even the European Union? With the helots exploiting a loophole in the PC Curtain that has otherwise been so remorselessly drawn down over freedom of expression, the internet represents a dangerously subversive force, fulfilling the role in the West that was formerly performed by samizdat publications inside the Soviet Union.

Very well put.  He even points out that PC is the same as censorship.

The technique is familiar. The powers-that-be allow a scandalous situation to develop whereby no serious attempt is made to police paedophile, pornographic and criminal activity on the web. Then the authorities use the excuse of public concern to overreact and impose Draconian controls that police ordinary citizens but are usually circumvented by criminals. It is a familiar scenario, offline as well as in cyberspace.

Exactly.  If you haven’t read the Shadow Children series, I wont give away plot spoilers here, but the totalitarian government set up there follows this pattern exactly.

I forecast that the right to anonymity on the internet will become one of the most fiercely contested issues over the coming decade.

I’m willing to bet he’s right.

This guy seems to be very smart.  His name is Gerald Warner.  More from him here.

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