It’s quite ironic that at the same time that our FCC is attempting to open the door into the internet for an army of lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats, Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez is waging his own war against internet freedom. This from The Washington Post:
Chavez’s congressional allies are considering extending the “Social Responsibility Law” for broadcast media to the Internet, banning messages that “disrespect public authorities,” “incite or promote hatred” or crimes, or are aimed at creating “anxiety” in the population.
It’s not surprising that Chavez would try to extend his media control into the internet, but something else struck me as I read this article, and that is the use of the term “Social Responsibility” as a cover for the power grab. We’ve seen the term used over and over again as rhetorical cover for the implementation of progressive regulatory policy, but take a look at this little coinkydink:
Genachowski has been active at the intersection of social responsibility and the marketplace.
That’s from the official biography of one of our FCC Chairmen Julius Genachowski. Isn’t it sad when our own power grabbers are using the same rhetorical cover as South of the Border Socialists?