The Internet Revolution Is A Liberty Revolution

Texas Congressman Ron Paul points out that government seeking to control the flow of information across the internet is a threat to liberty. It is neither a Democrat nor Republican issue, nor is it a 'Right' or 'Left' issue. It is a decision between tyranny and freedom. This comes at a crucial time when Barack Obama is considering the use of an Executive Order to push through a massive new Cybersecurity initiative, drawn up by Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security. Congress rejected such legislation and for the President to seek to install it is unConstitutional since he does not have the power of legislation.

In Paul's October 22 issue of "Texas Straight Talk" he wrote,

Until the late 1990s, individuals interested in Austrian economics, U.S. constitutional history, and libertarian philosophy had few sources of information. They had to spend hours scouring used book stores or the back pages of obscure libertarian periodicals to find the great works of Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, and other giants of liberty. Local library and university collections ignored libertarian politics and economics.

Today, however, the greatest classics of libertarian thought, libertarian philosophy, and libertarian economics are available instantly to anyone with internet access. Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever before for liberty activists to spread news and other information regarding the evils of government power and the benefits of freedom. For the first time in human history, supporters of liberty around the world can share information across borders quickly and cheaply. Without the filter of government censors, this information emboldens millions to question governments and promote liberty.

This is why liberty-minded Americans must do everything possible to oppose-- and stop-- government attempts to censor or limit the free flow of information online.

Paul then went on to give examples of what Americans need to be on the look out for so that they are not only informed but put the pressure on elected representatives to do the right thing.

One such attempt is known as “CISPA”, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. This bill will create a monstrous coalition of big business and big government to rob Americans of their protections under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.

CISPA permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight, provided they merely do so in the name of “cybersecurity.” But America is a constitutional republic, not a surveillance state-- and the wildly overhyped need for security does not trump the Constitution.

“Cybersecurity” is the responsibility of companies that operate and make money in cyberspace, not taxpayers. Those companies should develop market-based private solutions to secure their networks, servers, cloud data centers, and user/customer information. The role of the US intelligence community is to protect the United States from military threats, not to provide corporate welfare to the private sector. Much like the TSA at the airport, CISPA would socialize security costs and remove market incentives for private firms to protect their own investments.

In the past four or five years the internet has been a great tool in the hands of liberty lovers, not only in America, but around the globe. It has been used to awaken many people to how the "system" works and how players in the system manipulate it to their advantage and to our own slavery. However, even for those still asleep, you have a stake in this as well. Government control of the internet affects your freedom just as much as it does the person you may opppose.

As Congressman Paul wrote, "We must resist voices from both the political right and left which alternatively seek to legislate morality or enforce political correctness with force. Copyright protection, pornography, cyberterrorism, gambling, and “hate speech” are merely excuses for doing what all governments have done throughout human history: increase their size, scope, and power."

He concludes his comments with "Once we understand this, we understand the critical link between internet freedom and human freedom."

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  • Sharon Jones Jeanguenat

    Mr. Paul is right. But, right now, he needs to encourage people to get out & vote for Romney. Yes, the GOP did NOT treat him right, nor did they a lot of other candidates, but he doesn't want Obama to have another 4 years to destroy this country. And, no way will any 3rd party candidate or write in one, win this election. We need to ALL do whatever we can to make sure that Obama is NOT re-elected

    • Tim Brown

      Sadly Romney would support cyber security bills. No help there.

  • ARMYOF69

    The Internet Revolution Is A Liberty long as the powers -that- be leave it alone. Between Obama, Hilary Cliton, and the United Nations , we may not be able to communicate with each other very soon. After all, how can one have a fast moving revolution if we cannot be in touch with each other?

  • Thom. Jefferson

    As far back as 1975, when I built my first PC, I recognized that personal computers were little "freedom machines". Each was small compared to the monster mainframes the government used to track everything, but the sum total power of millions of them would be an effective coutermeasure - an "equalizer" like the Colt .45. The first thing I did was to link PCs together via phone modems - an early version of the Internet. Linking all those millions of PCs together, with the ability to do military grade crypto is the most effective defense ever created against the statists. Everyone should learn how to use their PCs to protect their privacy and freedoms FROM the government. The government is now your worst, most powerful, and most implaccable enemy. Learn how to defend your rights! They will have to pry my computer out of my cold hard fingers before they can take it away (or disconnect my Internet). I will find ways around any barrier they can erect, short of killing me. If they kill everyone, there is no one left to rule and tax.

    • Sharon Jones Jeanguenat

      I agree with you! I'm not PC illiterate, by any means, but also not a techie! You need to start a blog that gives info to us tech dummies how to do things that need to be done, to keep from losing our internet. I retired last year, & my laptop is my salvation from boredom! Plus I can make contact with any of my family, or friends anywhere in the world.

    • Thom. Jefferson

      This will help (EFF is a bunch of really good freedom loving techies):

      I am now working on a book that explains how to use strong crypto to protect yourself. Will be 6 months or so before it comes out. In the meanwhile, lots of good info online, esp. from EFF.

  • Bob Marshall

    The most dangerous power ever given to any president is the executive order.

    • Noni77

      We hadn't elected a President so thoroughly given over to evil until Obama, so this had no been so blatantly abused until now.

    • Tho. Jefferson

      Carter wasn't really evil, just INCREDIBLY stupid and incompetent. Obama (actually the people behind him) is just pure concentrated evil, like Hillary.

    • R.Young

      The most dangerous idea for any President to have is consolidating all of the powers and functions of the Government within the Oval Office!

    • JohnC

      We must strip this power from the office and require all present executive orders recieve an up or down vote from congress

  • fliteking

    Sometimes Ron Paul is a genius and a great patriot

    In this case he is 100% correct. The Internet is the firewall that has protected us from complete progressive / liberal tyranny and has allowed us to maintain our liberties and rights.

    The Liberals
    1. Keep a porous border allowing terrorists to cross into the USA
    2. Freely redistribute our money to slackers / illegal* / other countries / unions
    3. Perpetually eat away at our constitutional rights
    4. Indoctrinate young children that early sex and gay sex are 'normal'.
    5. View any true American as a terrorist and a racist.
    6. Call for violence whenever they don't get their way.
    7. Divide along race / gender /economic lines at every opportunity.

    Any effort by any Gov't or the UN to regulate the American Internet cannot be tolerated. We have already given enough.

    We need to draw a line in the sand. Soon.

    Negative feed back aka "lies" are welcomed from liberal lurkers.