Letters from the Lunar Outpost

He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
- James Graham, Scottish General (1612-1650)

In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand warned us that collectivist programs for government control would be couched in altruistic terms such as the “Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Rule” and the “Equalization of Opportunity Bill”, envisioning legislation that by their very names people would have to surmise must be in the everyone’s best interest.

So when the politicians devise bills “for the common good” with names such as the “Fairness Doctrine” or “Net Neutrality”, right of the bat, just in the very crafting of the names, you should have your alarm bells ringing loudly. And while government forced equal air time for what ever the government decrees as “Fairness” has been killed in its current incarnation, the evil little fascists behind “Net Neutrality” look to be on the verge of imposing government controls on the businesses which provide us our Internet access.

It’s ironic that on the very same day our own government is about to impose its control over our ISPs, we see this story coming out of Hugo Chavez’ totalitarian regime in Venezuela:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defended plans for a law that would impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet, saying Sunday that his government should protect citizens against online crimes.

Source: Fox News

From the news coming out of the Venezuelan dictatorship to the news from right here at home, the first line of the story is essentially the same:

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski defended plans for a law that would impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet, saying Sunday that his government should protect citizens against Internet service providers.

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