Cry Freedom!

free – dom

[free-duh m]

Better men than I have pondered the breadth and meaning of such a powerful word.

Yet I find myself feeling sometimes that my freedom is being whittled away by the stewards of everyday living, the overlords of us all, our government.

Freedom.

A word that has underlying strength and imbues the common man with the will attain it, to fight for it and even to die for it.

Except we seem to be giving it away, little by little, in the name of safety, for all of our safety, or to coin a phrase “for the common good”.

Take for instance the current attempt at Internet Censorship. They are just now trying to introduce it in Australia, except it is happening worldwide. It is NOTHING new.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship

Now let me set the record straight. I AM NOT AGAINST INTERNET CENSORSHIP…within reason. By all means, find those rotten humans that propagate the filth and throw the book at them. All of them. Hunt them down to a man every last disgusting one of them and drive home that child pornography WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

Hunt those who denigrates humanity and treat them as they treat others. That INCLUDES governments.

But in the pursuit of those that earn the ire of the Government, please do not punish the common man, for a Government that does so only punishes and damages itself and the society it governs. Do not filter the voice of the common man, the internet, as it can never be done 100% successfully anyway, due to there being numerous ways around any attempt to do so.

But what can be done is for the trash to be taken out. For the bench tops to be wiped clean. So our children can surf the internet without threat of being corrupted by the filth that prevails just under the surface. This can be achieved by forcing all the sex sites onto an XXX domain, making it easy for family filters to block. For the stream of filth to be plugged. Surely governments could put enough pressure on ICANN to achieve this. If any do not comply then strike them down. Rip them from the internet.

Or is there more involved in this filtering of the internet than is first surmised. The internet is humanities next medium of communication and our respective governments are having a hard time controlling the common mans usage of this medium as it has controlled all other mediums of communication. Ah, the key word. Control.

Yes I think that is the real issue. Control. You see they don’t want to just clean it up, they want to save us all from ourselves, from the hackers, from the sites offering MP3’s that our children download making criminals of them all, of sites that allow downloading of illegal movies.

Under the current justice system everyone that downloads a movie or an mp3 not from a legal source is a CRIMINAL. Yes that probably means YOU, or if not you then your son or your daughter. It definitely means most of the population of this earth.

Were not talking breaking the speed limit here. An average American lady Jammie Thoma-Rasset was fined $US1.92 million ($A2.4 million) in damages for illegally downloading 24 songs. To me that seems a bit excessive, even the recording industry admits this by accepting paltry sums from out of court settlements. That would mean each one that was downloaded is worth $A1 million each. Wouldn’t iTunes love that revenue…nay wouldn’t the ARTIST love that revenue. I mean those are some EXPENSIVE SONGS!

Except the whole sad sorry story doesn’t work that way. It’s a mess, completely and rottenly. it hit’s me in the guts.

My question is this. How many mp3’s do you or your son’s and daughters have in their portable music player? And do you consider that each song could be worth $A1 million in fines per song? Could you pay it if such a thing eventuates? I think not. So the whole system is preposterous and stupid.

Our copywright laws world wide need a REAL overhaul.

Again don’t get me wrong, I believe that the artist should be paid their due’s, BUT, they have not been paid their due by recording companies that claim to represent them for YEARS. And even through all the downloading of pirate movies and songs they STILL make a profit though they record a loss in possible revenue. Except the possible revenue would never would have been gained due to the pirates would never have bought the song/movie in the first place.

Do the powers that be not recognize also that the common man consider this laughable, that the system is wrong and needs to be fixed?

Last concept I would like to put up is.
Ok, so we have a government that is trying to protect us. But what is we choose wrong.
What if we vote in someone that doesn’t have our best interest in mind. What if we voted in a modern day Adolf Hitler. What would our world be lie if that happened. What would our world be like if Adolf Hitler had the power that our Government now commands…

But NOoooo I hear you say, we would NEVER do that!

Except even today, all across the world, we still have dictators and governments that violate basic human rights.

Yes I hope that we never vote in someone like him ever again. And I am sure the German common man never thought that something like that would happen, but it did.

We are only human.

Well that’s enough from me today. I will leave you with a quote from a favorite movie of mine called V for Vendetta…

“And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic…”

You gave away your freedom.

Yours’

Cry Freedom

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