Shrewd Mammal

EU, free speech and the (not so) new control paradigm.

Posted on: September 7, 2008

EU_draft_report So, the EU have decided that now, they don’t like free speech on the Internet because I presume, there are more blogs against the controlling elemental aspects of this corrupt, un-accountable, almost evil aspect of our world, than there are supporting it.

I wonder when all this control freakery will stop. It seems that even in Europe land we are not immune from the 1984 loving, Stasi-imitating, thought-policing garbage you would only expect from a Labour Government…

What do I mean by that? Well it has been brought to my attention by this blog entry (How the EU plans to regulate blogs) that this is indeed what they plan to do.

Eurocrats instinctively dislike spontaneous activity. To them, “unregulated” is almost synonymous with “illegal”. The bureaucratic mindset demands uniformity, licensing, order.

Eurocrats are especially upset because many bloggers, being of an anarchic disposition, are anti-Brussels. In the French, Dutch and Irish referendums, the MSM were uniformly pro-treaty, whereas internet activity was overwhelmingly skeptical.

Bruno Waterfield recently reported on a secret Commission report about the danger posed by online libertarians: “Apart from official websites, the internet has largely been a space left to anti-European feeling. Given the ability to reach an audience at a much lower cost, and given the simplicity of the No campaign messages, it has proven to be easily malleable during the campaign and pre-campaign period.”

The EU’s solution? Why, to regulate blogs!  Back in June (hat tip, EU Referendum), MEPs began to complain that unlicensed blogs were “polluting” cyberspace with “misinformation and malicious intent”. They wanted “a quality mark, a disclosure of who is writing and why”.

Well, to be frank they can go jump in a lake (Wine/Olive Oil whatever) because the Internet is the last (and fast fading) bastion of free speech in the world.

They can take my keyboard from my cold dead hands.

Free speech will never die…

Spread this…lets fight this now….

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2 Responses to "EU, free speech and the (not so) new control paradigm."

You are not a human being in search of spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.PierreTeilharddeChardinPierre Teilhard de Chardin

[…] of blogging,  am doing this via several proxies because blogging was made a licensed occupation in 2010 by the EU (shortly before it was disbanded after several high profile corruption and […]

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