Ron Paul: The Internet Revolution Is a Liberty Revolution

by Ron Paul

Until the late 1990s, individuals interested in Austrian economics, U.S. constitutional history, and libertarian philosophy had few sources of information. They had to spend hours scouring used book stores or the back pages of obscure libertarian periodicals to find the great works of Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, and other giants of liberty. Local library and university collections ignored libertarian politics and economics.

Today, however, the greatest classics of libertarian thought, libertarian philosophy, and libertarian economics are available instantly to anyone with internet access. Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever before for liberty activists to spread news and other information regarding the evils of government power and the benefits of freedom. For the first time in human history, supporters of liberty around the world can share information across borders quickly and cheaply. Without the filter of government censors, this information emboldens millions to question governments and promote liberty.

This is why liberty-minded Americans must do everything possible to oppose– and stop– government attempts to censor or limit the free flow of information online.

One such attempt is known as “CISPA”, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. This bill will create a monstrous coalition of big business and big government to rob Americans of their protections under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.

CISPA permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight, provided they merely do so in the name of “cybersecurity.” But America is a constitutional republic, not a surveillance state– and the wildly overhyped need for security does not trump the Constitution.

“Cybersecurity” is the responsibility of companies that operate and make money in cyberspace, not taxpayers. Those companies should develop market-based private solutions to secure their networks, servers, cloud data centers, and user/customer information. The role of the US intelligence community is to protect the United States from military threats, not to provide corporate welfare to the private sector. Much like the TSA at the airport, CISPA would socialize security costs and remove market incentives for private firms to protect their own investments.

Imagine security-cleared agents embedded at private companies to serve as conduits for intelligence information about their customers back to the US intelligence community– while enjoying immunity from any existing civil or criminal laws. Imagine Google or Facebook reporting directly to the National Security Agency about the online activity of US citizens. Imagine US government resources being wasted on a grand scale to “assist” private companies in the global market. All of this would become reality under CISPA.

As of this writing, it appears that the House and Senate will not agree on a final version of CISPA this year. However, the Obama administration seems ready to impose provisions of this bill by executive order if Congress does not act soon.

The past five years have seen an explosion in the liberty movement, fueled in large part by the internet. Preserving that freedom is crucial if the liberty movement is to continue its progress. Therefore, all activists in the liberty movement have a stake in the battle for internet freedom. We must be ready to come together to fight any attempt to increase government’s power over the internet, regardless of the supposed justifications. We must resist voices from both the political right and left which alternatively seek to legislate morality or enforce political correctness with force. Copyright protection, pornography, cyberterrorism, gambling, and “hate speech” are merely excuses for doing what all governments have done throughout human history: increase their size, scope, and power.

Once we understand this, we understand the critical link between internet freedom and human freedom.

  • Robert Fritchey

    I would really like to donate to something like this. But Barrack Obama and the Illuminati have their boot on top of us, and they are grinding our faces in the dirt with their heavy boot which they refuse to remove. They are refusing to answer my FOIA/PA act request. If at least my Son and daughter could get a job we could make a contribution. But as long as we are kept like this we can’t help you guys. Is there any way this situation could be investigated in order to find out whats going on here?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrRossT1 MrRossT1

    It is rigged. A “Canned Fight” if Paul ran in 2008, Obama would not be president at all. This year, Mitt Romney was the Sarah Palin of the Repub party. It’s a fixed “selection.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=1SkyOneDestiny 1SkyOneDestiny

    I know right? Don’t we have more important matters to deal with? Apparently what people are doing in their bedrooms is priority. Pfff.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PistolPackingPatriot PistolPackingPatriot

    I’m really getting tired of saying this: Right again, Dr. Paul.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=giancoli84 giancoli84

    If we start to see changes on the internet, decreasing free flow of information….we have to respond quickly and loud! It’s not tolerable! That’s where I draw the line, if it’s crossed I will get really angry and I hope you will be too!

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  • Surfisher

    FYI — The Mormons stripped the richest man in the world, Howard Hughes, not only of his life, but his entire fortune!

    Now another Mormon could do the same to our entire Nation…if it gets elected!

    Vote for Anyone, but Mitt the American Destroyer!
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    I chose to vote for Ron Paul’s Libertarian Party — Gary Johnson this time, who is on all 50 State Ballots. And should Ron Paul run again in 2016, he’s only option will be the Libertarian Ticket!!!!!

    A Vote for the Libertarian Candidate NOW, is a vote for Ron Paul later!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ThanhGio ThanhGio

    Executive Orders*

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