Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Reason, Michael Powell, and the broadcast flag

This is a rebuttal to this piece, a fawning, free-market libertarian's fond farewell to Michael Powell. These two articles, taken together, illustrate the intellectual over-simplicity of the standard libertarian point of view. The first article praises Powell for deregulation of telecom markets. This, I suppose, resulted in more freedom for large companies, but I'm not quite sure how much good this did for the general populace. The rebuttal decries Powell's pathetic attempts to regulate morality and push copy-protection boondoggles like the broadcast flag. Libertarians need to decide which side they're on, and realize that freedom is more complicated than they like to think it is.



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