Thingish Things

Internet-Only Conservatives

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jan• 18•12

It’s impressive to see how quickly the Internet community coalesced in opposition to SOPA and PIPA, overreaching house and senate bills, respectively, that would give Washington bureaucrats the power to censor the Internet.

The hipster-chic-geek techies blacked out sites by the thousands today in protest of the legislation, effectively saying “damned if we’re going to let big government interfere with our industry.”

It’s impossible not to see irony in some of the names involved in the protest. Arianna Huffington, the Wikipedia founders, and other decidedly-left leaning ‘net leaders were in the forefront of the blackout movement. Yet these very people routinely support government interference in other industries, like healthcare and energy.

This week, it seems, everyone in liberal lower Manhattan is an Internet libertarian, a free-market conservative for all things online. Think they might extend that thinking now in defense of other industries?

I don’t either. 

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  1. Charmian says:

    Information = apple
    Energy = orange

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