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Governments Are Desperate to Limit the Internet. Too Late.

Written by Gary North on January 3, 2015

Around the world, governments are trying to limit the Internet. These efforts are futile. The technology of evading the government is governed by Moore’s law: a doubling of capacity every 12 months. The governments are governed by Parkinson’s law: “Work expands so as to fill the time allotted for its completion.”

We see headlines like this one. Internet Freedom Saw Drastic Decrease In 2014. It’s silly.

We are told that governments are passing laws to limit the Internet. So what else is new? Governments pass laws against drugs. Does the drug trade disappear? The question is this: Can governments enforce these laws and thereby reduce the influence of the Internet? The answer is no.

Governments are passing laws because they are being undermined and overwhelmed by the Internet. Governments are like elephants being overrun by ants. Hungry ants.

This is the most important paragraph in the article. It came late in the article. It refuted the article.

Take Turkey, for example. The New York Times notes when Twitter was blocked, “legions of Turkish users taught one another technical tricks to evade the ban, even spray-painting the instructions on the walls of buildings. ‘We all became hackers’ [one said.] ‘And we all got on Twitter.'”

But the reporter takes seriously laws on the books. We should not take these laws seriously. Think of prohibition in 1928. When the public wants something, it will get it. But we read this.

From tightening regulations on American-based Internet companies in Russia …

“Everything goes through servers in the U.S. Everything is monitored there. … You know that it all began initially when the Internet first appeared as a special CIA project, and this is how it’s developing,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

… to a Twitter shutdown in Turkey …

“Recep Erdogan is carrying out a promise to shut down leaks targeting government corruption,” Bloomberg reporter Alix Steel says.

… to the muffling of China’s Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong …

The reporter seems unfamiliar with Chinese Communism in, say, 1967, or even 1990. The Communist hacks in Beijing cannot deal with the hackers on the Internet.

“Facebook, Twitter and Google were all already cut off in China. After the protests began, the party censored photo-sharing site Instagram,” CNN reports.

All over China, young people can find Google. The Web cannot be suppressed. These kids are learning English. They are going into business. They are paying little attention to the political hacks. Mao is dead. The hacks in Beijing are on the defensive. Wait until the depression hits.

… 2014 was not a great year for furthering Internet freedom around the world. Some even go so far as to say it was “disastrous.”

Anyone who says it was a disastrous year for the Internet has been smoking a banned substance.

But a writer for the National Post makes the point that all this didn’t just spring up overnight. “When Internet freedom is chipped away at gradually, we tend to underestimate just how much we’re losing. Until one day we wake to up [sic] realize that it hasn’t just been a bad year for Internet Freedom. It’s been a bad decade.”

This poor schnook is blind. It never ceases to amaze me how blind reporters are. Think of 2004. Think of how many websites there were. There are over a billion today. Think of how many people used Google in 2004. Here are the statistics on searches. There are 6 billion searches a day today. There were 60 million in 2000. Here is a brief history of Google’s growth, 1996 to today.

Liberty is advancing with every increase of computing power. The governments are flaying around, passing laws, and shouting threats. Hardly anyone is listening, except reporters, whose careers are being undermined by the Internet. They only have another ten years when their employers will still be able to meet payroll.

The ants will eat the elephants every time.

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