Friday, December 24, 2010

Progressives and Net Neutrality

I wrote about this last July: "Al Franken's Keynote Speech at Netroots Nation."

It was freaky then and it's freaky now. This video's awesome, however, and be sure to read John Fund's piece from a few of days ago, "
The Net Neutrality Coup" (via Left Coast Rebel):

The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. Mr. McChesney's agenda? "At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies," he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. "But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control."

A year earlier, Mr. McChesney wrote in the Marxist journal Monthly Review that "any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself." Mr. McChesney told me in an interview that some of his comments have been "taken out of context." He acknowledged that he is a socialist and said he was "hesitant to say I'm not a Marxist."