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Agreeing With Erick Erickson

I don’t recall ever agreeing with Erick Erickson about anything, but I think he’s right to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would do enormous damage to the internet as we know it today.

The Act intends to stop online piracy. The way the Act goes about doing this is, in large part, allowing Eric Holder to take control of the internet and shut down websites he does not like. It is a totalitarian response from a bipartisan coalition of Congresscritters most of whom admit they have no freaking idea how the internet even works. Don’t believe me?

In a committee hearing on SOPA, co-sponsor Mel Watts (D-NC) was really open about it saying, “I’m not a nerd” before proceeding to admit he understood nothing about the law, how the internet worked, or pretty much anything else related to it.

The legislation originated with Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX). As Neil Stevens explained in detail here the legislation will wreck terrible havoc on the internet. There is an alternative called the OPEN Act, which stands for Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act. The OPEN Act accomplishes what SOPA intends to accomplish without handing Eric Holder the power to shut down websites that make him unhappy. Another big difference is that SOPA is backed by rich men in Hollywood and the OPEN Act is backed by people who actually use the internet and know how it works.

This battle is so important — and is one of those rare fights where the left and right are united against Congress — that I suggest the left and right unite and pledge to defeat in primaries every person named as a sponsor on H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Good idea.

Comments

  1. d cwilson says

    SOPA is a terrible law, so Erickson is right in oppositing it. But I find it interesting that for him, it’s all about preventing Holder from getting his nefarious fingers on the ‘tubes. Makes me wonder if Erickson would come out in support of SOPA if it were being proposed while a republican administration controlled the White House.

  2. Ben P says

    Makes me wonder if Erickson would come out in support of SOPA if it were being proposed while a republican administration controlled the White House.

    I think that depends on whether Eric Erickson is a true believer or someone more cynical whose primary motivation is to exploit right wing politics for personal gain. Or some combination of the above.

    It’s cynical as all hell, but if you’re trying to rally republicans (many of whom are also lack technical knowledge) against a law, the easiest way to do so is to tell them that it gives Erick Holder the power to shut down the parts of the internet he doesn’t like.

  3. d cwilson says

    I think that depends on whether Eric Erickson is a true believer or someone more cynical whose primary motivation is to exploit right wing politics for personal gain.

    You say that like there is any possibility that isn’t the latter case.

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