There’s always something to howl about

“See, the thing is, Don Corleone, I just want you to steal my competitor’s assets and give them to me. I don’t want for you to tell me what to do with them after you steal them for me. Capisce?”

Rotarian Socialism in action:

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt favors net neutrality, but only to a point: While the tech player wants to make sure that telecommunications giants don’t steer Internet traffic in a way that would favor some devices or services over others, he also believes that it would be a terrible idea for the government to involve itself as a regulator of the broader Internet.

The impulse is to say, “What a schmuck!” But once they’ve screwed up the internet, that will be one more once-free aspect of American life that will be enslaved forevermore.

Here’s a little rule of thumb to head off objections: If an allegedly-valuable social objective cannot be effected without force, it’s crime.


7 Comments so far

  1. Mark Madsen October 24th, 2009 10:39 am

    At what point will the government start to regulate all online content as well? Is that even possible?

  2. Greg Swann October 24th, 2009 12:09 pm

    > At what point will the government start to regulate all online content as well? Is that even possible?

    “You know, Mr. Madsen, when some people need surgery, they get it right away. Other people, not so much…”

    How much power do you have to give the government before they don’t even have to bother to tell you to shut the f*ck up?

  3. Chris Johnson October 24th, 2009 1:11 pm

    First they came for the…

  4. Robert Worthington October 25th, 2009 8:44 am

    greg, there is a bill currently trying to get passed which will regulate blogs! The government is way out of control. This is Chicago style mafia all the way.

  5. Thomas Johnson October 25th, 2009 11:13 am

    The Rotarian Socialists are in for an epiphany once they learn the Chicago Way.

  6. Al Lorenz October 26th, 2009 8:23 pm

    Mr. Schmidt must not have been watching to what happened to the CEOs of GM, Chrysler, BOA and other beneficiaries of the government trough.

    He favors regulating of competitors only to a point, as long as he gets to choose the point. Of course, he won’t get to choose the point. A bunch of madmen politicians get to choose the point, and change it at will. Of course, those pay caps applying to his business might change his tone.

  7. James Boyer October 28th, 2009 8:41 am

    When it comes to blogs the Internet, what have you, the government should just step off. When it comes to monopoly power, then it is time for the government to step in, but not until that point.