January 18th, 2012
This day marked the moment when People and Websites around not only in the United States of America but those around the world as well, stood up in close unison and declared that U.S. Bills SOPA and PIPA and others like them are an affront to the Freedom and Privacy of the Internet.
Whether or not those of you reading this 'Blog, agree Piracy is Legitimate or Illegal, the major consensus on January 18th, showed that many understand that these U.S. Bills have a much darker side to them and will only serve to harm law abiding Citizens and our access to free Information rather than preventing "piracy" as they so clamor to present to the Public mind.
Anyone who has a basic understanding of law, Common sense, and has been self-aware for at least the past 10 years, understands that the wording in these bills is Draconian at the very least, and is not intended to protect the Rights of Citizens but those of Government and Corporate agendas.
Ideas are the most dangerous form of weapon the world has ever known and if one can snuff out the spread of ideas, they will have effectively shutdown any real from of resistance.
By being able to Censor a thing, such as the Internet, it will prevent the freedom of speech, it will prevent awareness of the Public of dirty deeds by those who are determined to do so. It will prevent Public discussion on a National and even possibly International level, that would otherwise bring the bad-kids wrong-doings into the light.
Yes Piracy is an issue, and it is one that needs more 'Public' debate, and more ISPs and Web-Companies to take action themselves, by updating their Terms-of-Service, and taking more immediate action. It is not the Job of Government, (Specifically here in the United States of America), to intervene in matters of Public Trade, (i.e. herein denoted as one Public Company claiming Piracy of their goods, against another Public Entity, (Company, Person, or otherwise), the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution makes this quite clear. Such matters are for the Judicial system to hash out and for the Common Public to make a stand on.
In today's world, [Blanket Laws] do not effectively combat many of the issues at hand, they only serve to harm the innocent in the pursuance of the Criminal. Just like Gun Laws here in the U.S. have proven over a 30 year period that Criminals the laws are "intended" for still are able to get there weapons and are not detered at all by whatever Law is currently on the books, Just like the Anti-Alcohol Laws of the 1920's did not prevent people from creating or aquiring it.
Things like these only ever served the State and their ability to create or increase Crime to better serve the filling of their Coffers.
History is a guide, we better learn from it or be willing to face the consequences of ignoring it.
R. William Holzkopf Jr.
"Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that Governments and Armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts." -Ron Paul
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." -Thomas Paine