‘Xanthippa’s first law of human dynamics’:
IF there is a potential for ANY law (rule) to be applied IN EXTREME ways – never forseen when the law was first ‘accepted’ – eventually, it WILL BE!!!
Therefore, every law(rule) MUST be examined in the MOST EXTREME WAY POSSIBLE before it can be ‘accepted’!
In order to demonstrate, please, allow me to walk you through this exercise:
Several years ago, a law was passed in Australia in order to protect innocent children (we ALL want to protect our children!). This law’s aim was high and lofty: to get rid of internet sites which propagate child pornography.
Nobody in their right mind would want to protect anything that might shield child abusers! So, the law was passed quickly and quietly, with very little scrutiny. Not ‘only’ would such scrutiny be seen as ‘immoral’ (are YOU on the side of pedophiles?), it would be political suicide (do YOU want to be seen as ‘protecting pedophiles’?)!!!
So, the law got passed by the legislators and accepted by the populace, with very little scrutiny.
Years went by – nothing much happened.
At least, nothing much was SEEN to be happening – for a very, very long time.
Then, about a year ago, the Australian government announced it would ‘begin to apply the law’ more fully. MUCH more fully! Now, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are legally bound (well, they were before, but now it is enforced) to choke and censor and do all kinds of bad things….
The Australian government now has a highly secret list of websites which are banned: that means, the ISP’s are not allowed to let anyone in Australia access them – and, if someone somehow figured out a way around this, the citizens can be persecuted for accessing them anyway. Of course, this list is highly secret. Linking to any of the sites – or, indeed, the very list which informs you what sites are forbidden – can get you $11,000 per DAY in fines and 10 years in jail.
The funny thing is that this super secret list contains a number of sites which are not illegal under this law. Sites like dentists, or gambling sites – or, political sites, like anti-abortion ones. Of course, these could be ‘honest errors’ – there must surely exist a mechanism for these ‘error listings’ to get off the list, right???
SO, HOW DO YOU GET OFF ‘THE LIST’???
IF you admit you KNOW that a site is blocked – you are admitting you BROKE THE LAW by attempting to access a ‘banned site’! 10 years in jail for you!!!
And, if you don’t admit you know a site is wrongfully blacklisted – HOW do you ask for it to be removed?
Ah, is that a ‘tiny’ blind spot I see???
Here, the legislators were ‘trying to protect intellectual property’ from being stolen. Apparently, this is necessary in order to comply with the international (and, especially the US) copyright laws…
After all, EVERYONE knows that BAD people are stealing music and movies over the internet!!! One HAS TO protect the poor little dears who need to eek out a living distributing all this ‘content’! So, these leeches ‘entertainment industry insiders’ have not evolved with the technology: they have not adjusted their business-model to the new practice of movies and music being a ‘participatory’ medium…they got stuck in the era where ‘they’ got to dictate ‘content’ and everyone else had to ‘consume it’.
Well, we( the ‘unwashed masses’) are no longer ‘consumers’ – that term implies ‘passive recipients’. Now, we are all ‘participants in a dialogue’! This makes it MUCH more difficult for the former ‘producers/distributors’ of content (not the artists – rather, those who decided which ‘content’ has the ‘right message’ and therefore ‘gets distributed’) to control the messages and ideas propagating over the internet!
So, according to the new laws in New Zealand, if ANYONE accusses a person of ‘breech of copyright’, their ISP has to cut them off the internet. If a site is accused of ‘breech of copyright’, it is no longer allowed to be displayed – by the ISPs, the search engines, or anyone. The key word here is ACCUSSED!!! No trial, no hearing, no nothing… you just get ‘cut off’ – and even places like libraries are not allowed to grant you internet access if YOU have been black-listed…and if THEY fail, then THEY get cut off…
Each and every one of the ISP’s in England is now legally bound to monitor each and every one of your clicks, emails and messages – to make sure their content is ‘politically correct’!
And – just to add insult to injury, just about EVERY civil servant WILL have FULL ACCESS to their neighbour’s ‘internet history’…
Ah, yes. We ALL trust every single civil servant with this kind of info… After all, they ARE our ‘Big Brothers’!!!
Couple this with Britain’s submission to the EU – and their ‘Blasphemy Resolutions’ – what would the Inquisition not have given for this kind of power?!?!?
Do I REALLY need to go on?
Just like ‘Murphy’s law’ says that ‘Anything that CAN go wrong, it WILL’, Xanthippa’s first law of Human-Dynamics says that if any law CAN be abused, it WILL!!!