Whacky Weekend: Is Internet Access a Human Right?

Nathan Eisenberg nathan at atlasnetworks.us
Fri Jan 6 03:24:43 UTC 2012

> There are no such rights. Each positive right is somebody else's obligation.
> Being forced to feed, clothe, and house somebody else is called slavery. So is
> providing Internet access, TV, or whatever else. Doesn't matter if this slavery
> is part-time, the principle remains the same -- some people gang up on you
> and force you to work for their benefit.

This is antisocial nonsense.  Governed societies exist because the supporting output of the group is greater than that of the same number of individuals.  That infrastructure of government - the social building blocks that obligate us to each other - are not slavery, they are freedom from the anarchists, the equal opportunists (those that hold that we all have, inherently, have the same opportunity to succeed), and the Darwinists.

By your logic, librarians are slaves, as are all civil servants.  Radio is another of the greatest examples of a means of speech that is universally accessible, and yet we would not call broadcasters slaves either.  Absolute nonsense.


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