Two years ago Mark Steyn had further discussed the topic of a Cold Civil War, first brought to light by The Hyacinth Girl. Basically, that we’re embroiled in a bloodless battle of ideologies; of how the United States of America should proceed forward. Considering how very many people have exactly the opposite views on many topics, I’m inclined to believe the same.
I think file this FCC Net Neutrality ruling as a battle won by the other side in the “Cold Civil War”. John Fund lays out the timeline and background players pretty well. He quotes Sean Treglia, a former program officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts:
“The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot,” he told his audience. He noted that “If Congress thought this was a Pew effort, it’d be worthless.”
Or also known as Astroturfing. It seems it is grass-roots, but it’s not.
It also is why I’ve said for some time that we’re not ready for the Internet. I think I realized this when Firefly was canceled and a relatively small group seemed like a mass-movement and thus borne Serenity. While it was a legitimately grass-roots movement, people just didn’t show up at the box office in numbers like those perceived.
The battle waivers, but I don’t believe it is yet lost. If, dear readers, you are still able to read this and other similar blogs then the fight wages on. FCC rules can be overturned. Still, it troubles me greatly that there will be a large group of people happy for this decision, for they fear big business and believe the answer is big government. Mr. Fund’s opinion editorial shows how devious men can use such a tool as the Internet in ways in which we are not prepared. Even if one ignores the Net Neutrality creator Robert McChesney’s “ultimate goal” (and one shouldn’t), we might consider Ronald Reagan’s quote:
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’