The Technology RevolutionA Campaign for Liberty Manifesto
This is what a technology revolution looks like:
New innovators create vast new markets where none existed previously; Individual genius enabled by the truly free market the Internet represents routes around obsolete and ineffective government attempts at control; The arrogant attempts of governments to centralize, intervene, subsidize, micromanage and regulate innovation is scoffed at and ignored.
The revolution is occurring around the world.
It is occurring in the private sector, not the public sector.
It is occurring despite wrongheaded attempts by governments to micromanage markets through disastrous industrial policy.
And it is driven by the Internet, the single greatest catalyst in history for individual liberty and free markets.
The true technology revolutionaries have little need for big government and never have. Microsoft ignored the government for years and changed the world by leading the PC revolution.(Ron Paul is defending the virtual monopoly that Microsoft has had on the PC software/hardware industry? It's a good thing?)
Today, companies like Apple -- which has created several completely new markets out of whole cloth (iPhone, iPad, iTunes, and iPod) -- are changing the world again, successfully adopting visionary new revenue models for movies, songs and games, and launching an “app economy” responsible for creating almost half a million jobs in the United States since the iPhone was introduced…(And Apple's spy technology is a good thing? Is this a new 'narrative' to keep Rand Paul in libertarian good graces?)
All in less than 5 years, and all without government permission, partnerships, subsidies, or regulations!(Yes, they can spy on you without any interference... yippee!)
Technology revolutionaries succeeded not because of some collectivist vision that seeks to regulate “fairness”, “neutrality”, “privacy”
or "competition” through coercive state actions, or that views the Internet and technology as a vast commons that must be freely available
to all, but rather because of the same belief as America’s Founders who understood that private property is the foundation of prosperity and freedom itself.
Technology revolutionaries succeed because of the decentralized nature of the Internet, which defies government control. As a consequence, decentralization has unlocked individual self-empowerment, entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation and the creation of new markets in ways never before imagined in human history.
But, ironically, just as decentralization has unleashed the potential for free markets and individual freedom on a global scale, collectivist special interests and governments worldwide are now tirelessly pushing for more centralized control of the Internet and technology.
Here at home they are aided and abetted both by an Administration that wholeheartedly believes in the wisdom of government to manage markets and some in the technology industry that cynically use the cudgel of government control and regulation to hamstring competitors – the Apple’s and Microsoft’s of tomorrow.
Internet collectivism takes many forms, all of them pernicious. Among the most insidious are government attempts to control and regulate competition, infrastructure, privacy and intellectual property. According to them;
* Successful companies in brand new frontier industries that didn’t even exist as recently
as five years ago should be penalized and intimidated with antitrust actions in the name
of “fairness” and “competition.”
* Privately owned broadband high-speed infrastructure must be subject to collective rule
via public ownership and government regulations that require “sharing” with other
* Internet infrastructure must be treated as a commons subject to centralized
government control through a variety of foolish “public interest” and “fairness”
* Wireless, the lifeblood of the mobile Internet revolution, must be micromanaged as agovernment-controlled commons, with limited exclusive property rights.
* Private property rights on the Internet should exist in limited fashion or not at all, andwhat is considered to be in the public domain should be greatly expanded.
* Private sector data collection practices must be scrutinized and tightly regulated in the name of “protecting consumers”, at the same time as government’s warrantless surveillance and collection of private citizens’ Internet data has dramatically increased.
Internet collectivists are clever.
They are masters at hijacking the language of freedom and liberty to disingenuously push for more centralized control.
” means government control of privately owned infrastructure.
” means government acting as arbiter and enforcer of what it deems to be "neutral".
” means the destruction of property rights.
” means managed competition, with the government acting as judge and jury on what constitutes competition and what does not.
Our “right to privacy” only applies to the data collection activities of the private sector, rarely to government. The eminent economist Ludwig von Mises wrote that when government seeks to solve one problem, it creates two more. Nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of Internet collectivists and the centralized control of the Internet they seek. The body of incremental communications law and regulation that has emerged since the days of Alexander Graham Bell are entirely unsuited to the dynamic and ever-changing Internet for one simple reason:
Technology is evolving faster than government’s ability to regulate it.
Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." But in the Internet era, true Internet freedom can be lost in far less than one generation.
Around the world, the real threat to Internet freedom comes not from bad people or inefficient markets -- we can and will always route around them -- but from governments' foolish attempts to manage and control innovation.
And it is not just the tyrannies we must fear. The road away from freedom is paved with good intentions.
Today, the road to tyranny is being paved by a collectivist-Industrial complex -- a dangerous brew of wealthy, international NGO's, progressive do-gooders, corporate cronies and sympathetic political elites.
Their goals are clear: The collectivist-industrial complex seeks to undermine free markets and property rights, replacing them with "benevolent" government control and a vision of "free" that quickly evolves from "free speech" to "free stuff."
We know where this path leads. As Thomas Jefferson said, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."
"A benevolent monopoly for "the public interest" is nothing more than a means for the old guard to reassert their power. The role of the government on the Internet is to protect us from force and fraud, not to decide our interests. But while the Internet has produced a revolution, it has not, in fact, "changed everything".
We do not need to reinvent our principles for the web; we only need apply our core principles to it. When faced with Internet regulation, we should ask these key questions:
1. Is this a core function of the federal government?
2. Does it execute Constitutionally defined duties?
3. Does it protect Constitutionally defined rights?
4. Does it protect property rights?
5. Does it protect individual rights?
6. If the federal government does not do this, will others?
7. Will this policy or regulation allow the market to decide outcomes or will it distort the market for political ends?
8. Is this policy or regulation clear and specific, with defined metrics and limitations?
Yes, there will always be problems and challenges that exist in the online universe. These challenges are sometimes significant and important and other times not. Government,however, will never solve them. Markets will.As a matter of principle, we oppose any attempt by Government to tax, regulate, monitor or control the Internet, and we oppose the Internet collectivists who collaborate with the government against Internet freedom.
This is our revolution…. Government needs to get out of the way.
================================================The Pauls' New Crusade: “Internet Freedom”Defending the Internet — and the corporations that invest in it — from government regulation is the new “End the Fed,” Paul advisors tell A new Paul manifesto: “This is our revolution.”
Posted Jul 5, 2012 10:51am EDThttp://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/the-pauls-new-crusade-internet-freedom
Ron and Rand Paul are set today to shift the central focus
of their family's long libertarian crusade to a new cause: Internet Freedom.
Kentucky senator Rand and his father Ron Paul, who has not yet formally conceded the Republican presidential nomination, will throw their weight behind a new online manifesto set to be released today by the Paul-founded Campaign for Liberty.
The new push, Paul aides say, will in some ways displace
what has been their movement's long-running top priority,
shutting down the Federal Reserve Bank.
The move is an attempt to stake a libertarian claim to a central public issue of the next decade, and to move from the esoteric terrain of high finance to the everyday world of cable modems and Facebook.
The manifesto, obtained yesterday by BuzzFeed, is titled "The Technology Revolution" and lays out an argument — in doomsday tones —for keeping the government entirely out of regulating anything online, and for leaving the private sector to shape the new online space.
"The revolution is occurring around the world," it reads. "It is occurring in the private sector, not the public sector. It is occurring despite wrongheaded attempts by governments to micromanage markets through disastrous industrial policy. And it is driven by the Internet, the single greatest catalyst in history for individual liberty and free markets."
The manifesto quotes Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and attacks not just the federal government, but also progressive groups that have called for similar measures to keep the Internet largely unregulated: "Today, the road to tyranny is being paved by a collectivist-Industrial complex -- a dangerous brew of wealthy, international NGO's, progressive do-gooders, corporate cronies and sympathetic political elites."
The manifesto lays out five specific battles with government regulation and with liberals who state their goal of online liberty in similar terms, but who view corporate encroachment as a more immediate risk. The Paul manifesto seeks to rein in anti-trust actions against companies in new industries; to stop attempts to impose "Net Neutrality" rules on broadband providers; to prevent government control of online infrastructure; to broaden private control of the wireless spectrum, and shore up "private property rights on the Internet."The Pauls also take a stand for the growing industry known (and widely criticized) as "big data."They deride the notion that "private sector data collection practices must be scrutinized and tightly regulated in the name of 'protecting consumers,' at the same time as government’s warrantless surveillance and collection of private citizens’ Internet data has dramatically increased."
Paul's so-called "Audit the Fed" bill will soon be put to a vote in the House of Representatives, and the new campaign will kick off shortly thereafter.
"We are going to bring to this project the same kind of intensity, resources and energy we brought to the Fed Audit," said one Paul adviser.
The document is intended to serve as a conservative counterpoint to a Declaration of Internet Freedom released this week and hosted by the group Free Press, though the two share some goals. The earlier document, which sets out broad principles but does not take sides on divisive issues like Net Neutrality, was signed by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union as well as Internet companies such as Mozilla.
The language of the document tries to reclaim the issue of Internet freedom from the strange bedfellows that have staked a claim to it: progressives and tech companies on one hand, and more traditional conservative politicians like California Rep. Darrell Issa.
"Internet collectivists are clever," the manifesto says, accusing their foes of series of Orwellian linguistic twists. "They are masters at hijacking the language of freedom and liberty to disingenuously push for more centralized control. 'Openness' means government control of privately owned infrastructure.'Net neutrality' means government acting as arbiter and enforcer of what it deems to be 'neutral'."
"This is our revolution -- government needs to get out of the way," the manifesto concludes.
This is also a new stage for what supporters refer to as the Ron Paul Revolution, and a way to make sure that Ron Paul's followers stay on board with the movement after the congressman's retirement from the House of Representatives. Paul supporters are already Internet-savvy, frequently launching digital campaigns of their own, and skew young. And the new cause gives his son Rand an easier way to connect with them, given that his relationship with his father's supporters has often been fraught.
Internet freedom, Paul insiders say, is going to be Rand's end-the-Fed.Making Rand Paul the standard-bearer of Internet freedom "is one of the goals,"
said a Republican strategist close to the campaign."As you may have noted he has been speaking out about Internet Freedom a fair amount including in his endorsement of Romney on Hannity," the strategist said in an email. "Freedom online and freedom and liberty offline are seamlessly linked and Senator Paul gets that."
A Paul adviser told BuzzFeed that the full Campaign for Liberty Internet project will start about two weeks after the Fed bill vote.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the Declaration of Internet Freedom signed this week by several groups.
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Can you believe that Ron Paul is not aware of the fact that we live in a corporate-fascist state?Corporations ARE the Government: The Global Elite: Who are they?See: "Revolving Door" government<->corporate switch-hitters."Most Important Info Ever Published" by Bob Chapmanhttp://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=149497.msg889324#msg889324
..."In addition making matters worse corruption is flourishing via the incestuous revolving door between Wall Street, the Treasury, in a multiplicity of other appointments and with the Fed..."
Ron Paul (along with Romney butt-boy Rand) would protect the rights of Apple, Google, the Military Industrial Corporations and any other non-government entity to 'data mine' you and me; somehow forgetting the overall issue of PRIVACY. This "Manifesto" was created in support of Rand Paul's DECEPTION: probably written by Romney operatives with RAND input. WTF.