by Scott Creighton
SOPA and PIPA are two of the most widely misunderstood pieces of legislation to recently come down the D.C. corporatist pipeline as of late (later I will write about that and the new pending legislation submitted by the same senator). Meanwhile, the recent shuttering of Megaupload and the subsequent arrest of Kim Dotcom is being portrayed as something that it clearly isn’t.
But what it is, is much worse.
The point is, you aren’t getting the full story on any of these matters even on so-called dissident conservative, libertarian, or “progressive” sites. So the question becomes, “why?”
Fascism is the seamless melding of the corporation and the state to the advantage of the owners, stockholders, and their puppet lawmakers at the direct cost of the citizen. Government’s role as protector and defender of civil liberties is replaced by that of defender of corporate control/profits and collector of tax revenue which is directly handed over to the corporations in just as fast as humanly possible.
Think of the for-profit Federal Reserve system being implemented on every facet of government responsibility (federal, state, and local) and you start to get the picture.
We think the privatized fed should be ended and they envision a world where it is expanded into every aspect of our lives.
Deregulation, smaller government, and privatization. These are the ingredients, the prerequisites of fascism.
But it all has to be codified into law. The corporation has to replace the state in the traditional roles of government by the rule of law, in order for this neoliberal coup to withstand future challenges.
SOPA and PIPA were not about allowing “big guberment” to shutter websites and arrest copy-write infringing people. They were not about letting “socialist government” stooges infringe on your first amendment rights.
They were about allowing corporations to do it. They were (are) further examples of legislating fascism under the administration of “CHANGE”. Pure and simple.
This next bill they have on tap, the cynically named “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act“, is almost the same thing with a slight difference; it gives corporations the ability to collect data on you personally, your complete internet and keystroke history (along with passwords, checking account info, emails, ect.), and then to take action against you on their own say so. To essentially block individual users from the internet based solely on a corporation’s decision because of what they claim to be your internet history.
SOPA and PIPA would have allowed the corporate state to make charges against various websites and without evidence or due process, they could shutter any site on the web.
SOPA /PIPA would have removed inconvenient websites while “Protecting Children” H.R. 1981 will remove inconvenient users all the while putting the power to strip you of constitutional rights not in the hands of “big guberment”…
… but instead in the control of the newly developing Corporate States of America.
Let’s also not forget that when combined with the NDAA of 2012 which declares all the world to be a combat zone, whatever they claim you did online could also provide just enough “evidence” to not only remove your footprint entirely from the web, but it could also justify your indefinite detention for providing aid to the enemy under NDAA.
Starting to get the picture?
They’re legislating the last stages of the fascist coup right in front of our eyes. These major steps are taking place under the cover of the presidential primary season when every single “progressive” and conservative outlet is arguing about Romney’s cash or Newt’s trash.
“Nothing to see here folks. Isn’t Santorum crazy?”
Then you have the arrest of Kim Dotcom and the shuttering of his site, Megaupload.
The MegaUpload story is important for a different reason than has been pointed out all over the web.
Glenn Greenwald recently covered this issue. He rightly explains that the federal government already has the power to shutter websites and make arrests due to copy-write violations thanks to the the 2008 PRO-IP Act but then he fails to explain why SOPA/PIPA were so important to the corporate community. He fails to mention that the reason for the new legislation is to hand over those unconstitutional powers to the corporate state.
Greenwald then goes on to bring up the MegaUpload story in reference as simply an example of how the government is going ahead with these “new powers” regardless of the SOPA/PIPA defeat. In making that claim, Greenwald misses the point completely and even contradicts himself in the process.
If the powers to shutter and arrest members of a website are already the law of the land, what point is there in writing another series of laws that do the same thing? Greenwald acknowledges the existing law and then ignores it’s relevance in his summation.
“But it nonetheless sends a very clear message when citizens celebrate a rare victory in denying the Government a power it seeks — the power to shut down websites without a trial — only for the Government to turn around the very next day and shut down one of the world’s largest and best-known sites. Whether intended or not, the message is unmistakable: Congratulations, citizens, on your cute little “democracy” victory in denying us the power to shut down websites without a trial: we’re now going to shut down one of your most popular websites without a trial.” Glenn Greenwald
So why did they shut down MegaUpload?
Money. and LOTS of it.
The owners of MegaUpload had announced back in Dec. 2011 that they were going to offer a new kind of music label to artists, one that allowed them to store their music on a cloud and directly market their art to customers, to their computers, I-Phones, smart phones, I-pods, ect. via a digital system which would provide for the artists 90% of their revenue. They were going to do that and also create a system by which artists would receive revenue for file-sharing of their music through MegaUpload via a system called MegaKey.
The system they created was called MegaBox and they had a press release and the website and software and the cloud was already up and ready to go. They had even already been through beta testing and several partners were on-board including Amazon MP3.
“UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings,”
“We have a solution called the Megakeythat will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free, Yes that’s right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works.”
“You can expect several Megabox announcements next year including exclusive deals with artists who are eager to depart from outdated business models.” Kim Dotcom, MegaUpload
MegaUpload was taken out because their new innovative system was going to radically change the way the music industry did business. This was going to cost companies like UMG billions of dollars while putting more of that money in the hands of the artists, making music cheaper to buy for the consumer, and provide a more level playing field for new artists just starting out.
And the Justice Department crushed it in service to the mega-corporations which they serve.
Not a word about this from Greenwald and not a word about the state handing unconstitutional powers to the corporations from him either. Why do you think that is?
Do you think Saloon will be targeted by SOPA/PIPA? Do you think Greenwald really worries about the provisions of the “Protecting Children” Act?
Well, he certainly won’t have to worry about such things if he keeps missing obvious points like these.
What we have witnessed over the past few weeks is the beginnings of the last stages of the legislation of the fascist state and the Megaupload story is just another example of how that state, the government working on behalf of the corporations, is dedicated to the service of corporate persons rather than us.
One might ask Mr. Greenwald how he missed all of this in his insightful analysis of the current events. But then again, he did support the Supreme Court ruling in Citizen’s United, didn’t he?