CENTCOM HACK + CHARLIE HEBDO = CISPA: Show tomorrow after the Dawgs (c. 4:30ET)

I’ll be on after GA Bulldogs basketball tomorrow – probably 4:30-6PM ET on WSB. I’ll tell you why I think the CENTCOM hack and the Charlie Hebdo incident will both be used to support the call for Internet regulation in President Obama’s State of the Union speech next week. Oh, and I’ll tell you why the media coverage of Charlie Hebdo reminds me of the famous Richard Pryor line “Who you gonna believe? Me? Or your lyin eyes?”

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Also relevant to the CISPA debate will be this quote from one of my favorite books, Our Enemy the State, by Albert Jay Nock…

Thus we see how ignorance and delusion concerning the nature of the State combine with extreme moral debility and myopic self-interest – what Ernest Renan so well calls la bassesse de l’homme intéressé – to enable the steadily accelerated conversion of social power into State power that has gone on from the beginning of our political independence. It is a curious anomaly. State power has an unbroken record of inability to do anything efficiently, economically, disinterestedly or honestly; yet when the slightest dissatisfaction arises over any exercise of social power, the aid of the agent least qualified to give aid is immediately called for. Does social power mismanage banking-practice in this-or-that special instance – then let the State, which never has shown itself able to keep its own finances from sinking promptly into the slough of misfeasance, wastefulness and corruption, intervene to “supervise”or “regulate”the whole body of banking-practice, or even take it over entire. Does social power, in this-or-that case, bungle the business of railway-management – then let the State, which has bungled every business it has ever undertaken, intervene and put its hand to the business of “regulating”railway-operation. Does social power now and then send out an unseaworthy ship to disaster – then let the State, which inspected and passed the Morro Castle, be given a freer swing at controlling the routine of the shipping trade. Does social power here and there exercise a grinding monopoly over the generation and distribution of electric current – then let the State, which allots and maintains monopoly, come in and intervene with a general scheme of price-fixing which works more unforeseen hardships than it heals, or else let it go into direct competition; or, as the collectivists urge, let it take over the monopoly bodily. “Ever since society has existed,”says Herbert Spencer, “disappointment has been preaching, ‘Put not your trust in legislation’; and yet the trust in legislation seems hardly diminished.”

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