Jobs Multipliers, Property Rights and Monocultures – Activists Wearing the Other Shoe
If the shoe fits wear it, even if it’s the other shoe. Here’re some kooky activist hypocrisies from this week:
#1. Free Press railing on about a Senate proposal to reduce CPB public media funding, miraculously seeing in the 1%-er subsidy an all important jobs multiplier. Of course, they weren’t so nearly observant or generous with their calculations when it came to AT&T / T-Mobile’s jobs multiplier, which the companies said would likely occur through their proposed billion merger.
#2. A Google-commissioned study that claims Search is protected by the 1st Amendment, thus allowing it to control access or discriminate against third parties. Yet, when it was pushing Net Neutrality, Google stood steadfast against those same rights for incumbent network providers.
And #3. Celebration of “monoculture” with announcement of Susan Crawford to the Berkman Center’s board. Though the so-called “access-to-knowledge” community, from which Crawford hails, lionizes her for chewing the same “digital activist cud” as a host of others who have gone to the same schools, worked in the same administrations, and sit on many of the same boards (like EFF, CDT, Public Knowledge, etc.), that community has not been so forgiving in the past of other supposed “monocultures” – such as Microsoft’s computing platform, which, according to the digital activists, purportedly once put our computer security dangerously at risk.
These self-appointed blowhards can walk a mile in another man’s shoes and still feel superior, better than us, and right. As with any hypocrite, they do not care whose shoes they wear so long as they can successfully locomote on to the next venue.
It’s time we stopped them in their tracks. When asked, gladly give them your other shoe, helping them Nikita Khrushchev themselves into the dustbin of history.