You can kiss net neutrality good-bye.
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- Lucky it's not their decision, and they only think it is.3w
- I'm a conservative by nature, but this is one glaring example of the role the Government is supposed to play in protecting consumers, along with agencies like the FDA and EPA. When the lines blur between Big Business and Big Government, consumers lose.
I'm more concerned with the privacy implications personally, but it all appears to be a sucky deal.3w
- "The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called
Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."
- The 14 characteristics of fascism. This is #s 6, 9, 11, and 13.
Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .
Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.3w
- FTA: ... won't reveal any fine details about this until his proposal is voted on in the FCC's Dec. 14 meeting.
Does it bother anyone that there is no public oversight of their proposals prior to a vote?
Additionally if they're funded through regulatory fees and we pay these fees in our ISP bills then why are they deciding not to regulate the same industry that funds their department.3w
- Pretty rich that FB is talking in support of Net Neutrality in the US, while in India, just two years ago, it was pushing Zero Rating and working to create its own walled garden version of the internet by pretending to provide free access to the poor for essential web services. Well, guess what. Market forces are already doing that.3w
- Thank goodness! We don't want politicians controlling innovation. We'll end up with the equivalent of public schools - one government-chosen and enforced monopoly in each area.3w