Thursday, November 13, 2014

Net Neutrality: Liberals Want More Power

Liberals think of themselves as selfless educated servants of the people. But what they do is seek more power.

Take net neutrality. The government might do nothing about the internet, and just let it evolve on its own. But that throw away a great opportunity to wield political power. So why let sleeping dogs lie? Why not get in the middle of internet pricing and mandate net neutrality, and make sure that everything is fair?

President Obama is all in favor of net neutrality, and he told the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, on November 10 how he wanted the internet to be classified as a public utility. The FCC, of course, is an agency supposedly independent of politics, one of the products of the Progressive Era that believed in government by disinterested experts, and is not answerable to the president.

Why would the president want to stick his political oar into the internet?  Well, it's all about politics and power. Liberals say they care about you, but what they really do is care about power for themselves. It's nothing peculiar to liberals. People that are attracted to power -- people that want to control other people -- are attracted to politics and government. The proof is that successful politicians hang around in their elected positions forever, while successful businessmen, from John D. Rockefeller to Bill Gates, tend to quit business and go into philanthropy.

Notice the interesting difference between the politician and the philanthropic businessman. One gives away other peoples' money and one gives away his own money.

Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal uses President Obama's directive to the FCC chairman to create a functional diagram of the liberal power machine. Let's pull some quotes and look at the parts diagram.
So why is Mr. Obama promoting strict regulation? Because liberal mau-mau groups like regulation. It’s that simple: If government controls business and they control government—well, you get the idea.
Remember what I said about power and control? The point about all political regulation is that it forces the private sector to pay court to politicians and activists.
Congressmen can’t extract donations from the auto industry or telecom industry or health insurers if costly, consequential rules affecting those industries aren’t being drafted.
And really, if the government isn't drafting regulations and special interests aren't paying tribute it's a fate worse than death. The horror!
Bureaucracies can’t expand. “Public interest” groups that align themselves with Democrats can’t collect scalps and orchestrate episodes in which businesses and politicians are taught to fear their power.
Would you please read that quote again, pausing for a moment on the word "scalps" and the phrase "fear their power"? Thank you.

Imagine a world in which budding social justice warriors didn't have a chance to name and shame.

Jenkins observes that probably nothing will happen on net neutrality anyway.
But even this outcome suits the machine, since the machine is really interested in process—endless, high-stakes process that swells Washington’s ranks of lawyers and lobbyists.
Now the punch line:
Whatever “liberal” used to mean, it now means a self-interested machine of influence peddling and rent extraction. 
What this country needs is a national politician that can teach the American people to hate the "self-interested [liberal] machine of influence peddling and rent extraction." And hate the hypocrisy. 

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