- Killing Net Neutrality
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On December 14th, the Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that there will be a final vote on whether to dismantle net neutrality once and for all. This is being defended by conservatives as an attempt to shrink the intrusiveness of an over-inflated government in the affairs of private corporations who are overburdened by excessive regulations, but this defense only exists in an imaginary fairy tale realm where increasingly consolidated media corporations don’t effectively own the US government. Net neutrality is one of the few governmental brakes placed on plutocratic power by inhibiting the ever-growing media conglomerates who provide internet services from being able to choke off smaller independent sites by slowing them down with an unaffordable fee for faster service, which will put fewer eyes on dissenting online media.
In a corporatist system of government, corporate censorship is state censorship. By allowing billionaire-owned internet companies to favor online mainstream media outlets, which consistently support the interests of the billionaire class, you are allowing your true rulers to censor you in a way that the US Constitution (authored by men who couldn’t have imagined the plutocratic dystopia in which we now find ourselves) does not protect you from.
On a related note, Pai is also leading the charge to consolidate local media.
Go to Youtube and watch some video footage of Ajit Pai right now. Ignore his words and just watch his face, listen to his tone of voice. That is not a sincere person. You know this. You can feel it in your guts. Trust that feeling. Trust the way that man makes your skin crawl. This former Verizon lawyer is not trying to dismantle net neutrality because he wants to help you, this former Verizon lawyer is trying to dismantle net neutrality because he wants to hurt you. He wants to take away your power and give it to the ruling class he serves.