Saturday, November 26, 2011

"When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw."

Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

The outlaw hacker group Anonymous, those modern day Robin Hoods of the internet who have taken down the web sites of governments, intelligence services and multi national corporations who use their power to commit outrageous injustices against the 99 percent and have outed agents of the 1 percent by posting their personal information for everyone to see, use that quote by Nelson Mandela in their latest video.

The bills referred to in the video, the Protect IP Act, which has been called a "wish list of capabilities the content industry wishes it had," and the SOPA Act, are the Senate and House versions of the same thing. Ostensibly intended to stop copyright infringement and online piracy, they would give the government vast new powers to censor the internet and place crippling restrictions on sites like YouTube and on people who stream content live over the internet, and would, as the web site put up by people fighting the bills says, "ruin so much of what's best about the internet."

The bills are only part of a trend I have written about before, efforts by the 1 percent to gobble up everything they aren't currently getting rich from. Government, i.e. the US Congress and the Bush and now Obama administrations, have been assisting the 1 percent in their efforts on two fronts, this being one, the other being maneuverings to close down the internet as a free and open space for all and sell it off to the highest private bidders, who would then control which web sites we have access to.


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