Net Neutrality: America's Last Defense against Fascism
"It is because the Internet is a NEUTRAL platform that I can put out this podcast and transmit it over the Internet without having to go through any corporate media middleman.These are the words of Barack Obama, Senator from Illinois, in support of Net NEUTRALITY.
I can say what I want without censorship or without having to pay a special charge.
But the big telephone and cable companies WANT TO CHANGE THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT.
They say that they want to create high speed lanes on the Internet and strike exclusive contractual agreements with Internet content providers for access to those high speed lanes.
Everyone who CANNOT PONY UP THE CASH will be relegated to the slow lanes."
"Allowing the Bells and cable companies to act like gatekeepers WITH CONTROL OVER ACCESS to the Internet would make the Internet like cable - A PRODUCER-DRIVEN MARKET WITH BARRIERS TO ENTRY for website creators and preferential treatment for specific sites based not on merit or number of hits, but on their relationship with the corporate gatekeepers.”Does all this sound familiar? It should. Because THIS is the story of our lives.
In a few paragraphs, Senator Obama encapsulated the method by which every facet of our economy has come under the complete control of a handful of corporations - the very first and most important of which is OUR MONETARY SYSTEM.
Like the Internet, our Money was intended at its inception to benefit equally every citizen of this nation - to serve, like the internet, as a medium of exchange to facilitate commerce and to increase trade. Money was issued whenever its circulation would benefit people. It was, so to speak, NEUTRAL. It was issued by the people, to the people, and for the people - interest-free.
Until one day, a handful of bankers established themselves as middlemen and exclusive gatekeepers of our national treasure - the medium which we had adopted in faith and trusted to MEASURE our wealth.
No sooner did they secure exclusive control over this treasure than they began exacting a special fee for its usage from the very same people by whose authority it was created.
Thereafter, they transformed our monetary system into a producer-driven market with barriers to entry for working people and preferential treatment for wealthy corporations, not based on merit or how hard they worked, but on their relationship with the corporate gatekeepers of money.
Through exclusive contractual agreements, wealthy corporations secured the greatest access to money at the lowest rates of interest, while working americans were forced to pay high rates of interest in return for minimal access to what is in fact the nation's treasure. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, the same people who hijacked our monetary system intend to hijack our Internet. If they succeed, they will have dismantled the last barrier between freedom and total domination under these financial overlords. Their control over the money supply will contaminate the internet, making it an electronic version of the feudal economy we suffer under today.
While many people recognize the promise the internet holds in disseminating information and educating the masses, few realize that it is also the KEY to our financial freedom. The internet - like money - is a medium of exchange and can, with the right technology, be used to conduct every conceivable commercial transaction, all without middlemen, and all INTEREST-FREE.
This week we must fight for Net Neutrality as if our lives depend on it - because they do.