Terrence J Kosick on Fri, 23 Jun 2000 08:36:50 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> The role of government in the development of theInternet

Terrence writes;

Protection from power whose self interests is not in the interests of individuals
or small groups who's strength is in their social and community character rather
than their wealth derived from capital. It is their civility and will to live that
weaves the fabric of life for which all depend to drive the economy and community.
Without it you have nothing. No corporations no society.  We have invested billions
in our government who's spending has been for protection of the people whose money
it is they are given to control. This is money for the protection of the people who
need it not for corporations whose mandates are not to pay taxes by capital
investment for avoiding taxed and building wealth. I think they could use our money
to keep the corporate bullies at bay when freedoms are threatened by these sometime
enemies within. We own the government. They are public servants. It is the people
as individuals they must serve and protect from exploitation.


Heiko Recktenwald wrote:

> > This is a decidedly universally democratic place that like any uncharted legal
> > landmass should be left to govern itself, that will, like the people who use
> > it, flourish without the antagonisms and selfseving wills of the few whose
> > greater access to power threaten to trample the voices of the free. If any
> > government is to represent its people then it will legislate limits on
> > corporations whose size and access to legal powers can affect the virtual
> > rights and freedoms of netizens whose minds know no borders and should not
> > respond to the flagrant use of power of any corporation, any goverment or any
> > body of law.
> Isnt there a contradiction ? You want protection without power ?
> H.

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