Should the Web Be Nationalized?

Alex Reid, Digital Digs, Jul 24, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's just a moot discussion, because it's not going to happen. Still, I think this post makes a good response to the people who deride all forms of government intervention in the marketplace: "There are not modern markets without government regulation. Let me throw some 'P' words at you: private property, police, prisons. The market without governments is the one where I don't pay my mortgage and I walk into the supermarket and take whatever I want. A sizable chunk of our economy is founded on copyright and patents. Try doing that without a government." Exactly. The libertarian 'no government' stance really means 'no government that doesn't benefit my personal interests.' Which reduces the position to absurdity.
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