Should bribery be protected speech?
Being paid to censor and propagandize:
When we talk about money as speech we are talking about bribery as protected speech. On Right in the US it’s the whole political agenda and it’s getting expressed in a fight over the internet as the internet threatens that agenda. The investment backers of the cable and telecom industry are asserting that they should be paid for interfering with communication and further that this should be the basis for their making more money and asserting more control over communication. They insist that government provide them a return on equity and grant them a defacto right to censor and interfere with communications. It’s possible that part of the reason telecom in particular has felt so empowered is critical role in long term domestic spying programs. Its bribery or ‘well funded campaigns’ that the telecom-cable industry is using to promote bribery.
The last thing we want is more telecom and cable investment:
We have the means to make cable and telecom obsolete. This is potentially true obsolescence like what the auto did to the buggy and not like what the auto did to railroad. This holds unless we think there is value to continued propaganda and the “necessary lie” ideology. Where does the “necessary lie” end?
Cable and telecom in the US in particular argue that turning them into proper dumb pipes (which they should have been all along) would dissuade future investment by crimping their expected returns. But we obviously want them to be dumb pipes and at the same time we don’t want or need more investment in a system that isn’t now a dumb pipe and at best might only be dumb temporarily or intermittently.
Bribery as protected speech:
This seems like the main issue of our time. It’s also the core of the Right’s political ideology which is that people with money should be able to control society- at the very least that the .001% should have 51% of the vote power. They don’t like democracy because that gets in the way of a right to oppress which they are convinced they’ve somehow earned. Any proposal that runs counter to their increased wealth and power has them trying to pass themselves off as a victimized minority (a false minority.) They believe in slavery through money. It’s reflected in the dumbed down corporate interest compliance based public K1-12 education system, Supreme Court rulings since the 70s and the Right’s recent concerted attempt to destroy the internet.
With transparent open source distributed automated entities widely spread across a wholly end user owned and controlled open internet we should be able to get rid of the Right. The Right’s whole game is to ‘freely’ use its money to tell what it considers to be necessary lies to conserve and expand slavery. In the US and elsewhere when the Right rigs an election or does a false flag action or calls for whistle blowers to be prosecuted (it’s only the phony left that supports this) it can count on captured media to censor and discredit attempts at exposure. Stop that and you get rid of the right.
This isn’t a dichotomous argument, the right has reached it historical end point and is primed to be eliminated by transparency applied to “necessary lie” ideology. The Right’s purest expression is that some people are better than other people as determined by money and on that that basis they should rule. If you don’t accept that transparency is enough then not also that money itself is being re-engineered, its being voucher-ized to prevent the very abuses that all the Right to exist.
The Right is the result of a propagandized world view, a learned helplessness religion based on fear. Its conditioning people to reflexively act against their interests. Ideas like corporate feudalism are much too kind. The right is pure and utter bullshit. I