FFTF, Fight For The Future, is a nonprofit group fighting to implement “net neutrality” in the name of “Activating the internet for the public good.” To accomplish this they want to take the internet out of the hands of big greedy, powerful, corrupt corporations and put it into the hands of big greedy, powerful, corrupt government.
This is a problem Robert Wenzel wrote about in Economic Policy Journal in May and concluded, “The passion of the net neut is not amenable to reason and is not meant to be.”
At least a few seem to almost comprehend the schizophrenic nature of their own goal. A recent fundraising email stated, “We’re up against some of the most powerful and politically well-connected companies in the world. Companies that are so close to the government, sometimes it’s hard to tell the two apart.”
Yet these “net neuts” seem incapable of taking the next logical step, that corporations are the creatures of government, that the two are in bed together not for the benefit of “the public good” but for the mutual benefit of the power-mad, wealth-hungry, ego-preening ruling class psychopaths that control both.
It’s hard to tell the two apart because they are not “apart,” they are the same. Corporations (i.e., companies that have filed incorporation papers in order to get special privileges from the government) frequently write the very legislation designed to “regulate” them. This ensures that they benefit from that legislation, specifically contrived to protect their profits by severely limiting new competition while frequently subsidizing their profits from taxpayer loot, eliminating personal liability for owners and investors, and by capping the financial liability of their own “legal person” when it acts irresponsibly or criminally.
The government operators, aka politicians, benefit from this arrangement when the corporate giants launder and recycle the taxpayer booty, along with a little pre-allocated profit pelf, back into the politicians’ pockets disguised as campaign donations or simply hidden as bribes, kickbacks, payoffs and other forms of graft.
This reality makes the FFTF goal a quixotic one. Imagine being repeatedly punched in the face by a big vicious bully, first with his left fist and then with his right fist. Net Neutrality is like asking people to do everything within their power to shackle the bully’s right Corporate Fist behind his back while asking him to keep beating them with his left Government Fist.
Libertarians want neither government nor its illegitimate progeny – corporations – to dictate to them via the internet. Again writing on Economic Policy Journal Robert Wenzel declared, “Net neutrality is evil government meddling. Let the markets rule!”