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Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 1) 230

For the union/association/corporation to have a "right" means the government, or anyone else, cannot take action against it; here just because it gives money to another party, including political campaigns.

Rights are not a magic shield that someone owns or doesn't own, it's not a piece of property someone can sign away, it's a statement of fact that identifies when it's lawful to use force to compel someone to do something.

Saying that a corporation can't donate to a political campaign does absolutely nothing to the individual rights of any owner, officer, customer, or nemesis of the corporation.

Um, what about the owners who, you know, own the corporation? The government is telling them they can't do with their property as they see fit. It's a violation of some very real person's rights.

If corporations didn't have rights, how could they be a party in a contract? How could they sue for damages? They have right to not be defrauded, after all. Same thing if they want to give money away. The two concepts are inseperable.

Again, the corporation is formed as an autonomous entity following the rules set by the owners. If a co-owner were to give off corporate assets in violation of this agreement, that's theft, it's a violation of the contract.

And if the government were to take legal action against it for giving away assets in a fashion it doesn't like, that's theft.

Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 1) 230

I'm not sure what distinction you're making, or why you seem to disagree.

Of course a corporation, being an autonomous legal entity of multiple owners, run according to a set of rules by many individual owners, has as much right as a sole proprietorship.

Again, people don't lose their rights because they form together in union.

To say "No, You Corp. can't donate to this campaign" would mean the government intervening in an exchange between You Corp. and some newspaper, or political campaign, or PAC; effectively invalidating the contract between the owners, who would otherwise each be able to contribute individually.

Comment: Re: Authority (Score 1) 230

Congress doesn't have power over "interstate commerce", they have the power to regulate it, i.e. the opposite of stopping it. It's a fine but important distinction.

And so it follows if Congress can't lawfully legislate an ISP, neither can the FCC.

Even if Congress could, it's doubtful the FCC is the proper way to do it.

And are you trying to tell me the very people who *wrote* the Constitution aren't allowed to explain what it meant? Good grief. Fwiw, the Anti-federalists were ALSO worried about expansion of powers as is being described.

Comment: Re:Republicans are totally out to lunch on this is (Score 1) 230

The Internet is actually becoming less monopolistic. Decades ago, there was usually only one provider you could go to. Today, the majority of households in the US have a selection of two or more Internet providers.

Furthermore, this ruling wasn't about government-granted monopoly (which is wrong, and presumably still legal), this is about government-run Internet, which frequently turns into a monopoly as a municipality has the advantage of "free" taxpayer money.

but has no business standing in the way of any group of users who wish to band together to organize service of their own.

Who is standing in the way? Link? If you want to do this, well... go do it. Form an LLC, seek investment for shares of ownership, buy capital, sell Internet. Done.

Comment: Re:Oh joy. (Score 1) 230

Capitalism works if people were smart. Persons are smart, people are stupid and that is why it doesn't work, unless you put a LOT of efford in it. With teh cigarettes, I was not legally allowed to sell them at those prices (or at all).

Not so. The laws of economics are laws that govern any exchange, usually economists use it for transactions involving money, but they apply just as well to trade-offs that we make every day, "Should I go to the grocery store today or tomorrow?" And so on.

The laws of supply and demand do not change regardless of how many people are in the market, if it's just yourself, if it's a huge monopoly, or if it's a perfect competition with a vary large number of nearly identical sellers; if we have perfect information or if everyone is as dumb as bricks.

The outcomes in each condition will be different, to be sure (very different and sometimes outright bizarre, in the case of perfect information); but there is no statute that can improve on the basic laws of economics, any more than they could pass a law making a round earth flat.

Comment: Re:Authority (Score 1) 230

The Federal government has the authority to regulate Interstate commerce: This is the opposite of stopping it or preventing it.

And the Federal government has no power to intervene in the affairs of local, intrastate transactions, even if that would later result in packets being moved across state lines. This case of packets going across state lines would instead fall under interstate peering agreements, that is Federal jurisdiction. But that has nothing to do with local governments setting up taxpayer-funded Internet, and the legality thereof.

Comment: Re: Authority (Score 1) 230

Congress cannot lawfully (constitutionally) delegate their authority to another branch of the government, certainly not for any longer than their two-year term, when a new Congress comes into session.

Congress' own operating rules (on themselves) have to be re-approved every term, but a Congress from a century ago can give the President war-declaring powers today, or the power to censor broadcast (and now private) media, information, and telecommunications? Do I understand this logic right?

Comment: Re: Authority (Score 1) 230

How in the world do you manage to make the jump from: "The Congress shall have Power ... To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers" (emphasis mine) to "whatever it takes to run the country and enact the peoples will, they can do."

The "To establish post offices and post roads" clause lets the Federal government create a post office.

The Necessary and Proper clause let's them purchase the raw materials, land, and labor to actually construct it.

In other words, the Necessary and Proper clause gives the federal government a narrow and limited set of powers to do things in direct connection to one of the previous mentioned powers, if those things would be necessary (can't build a post office without materials) and proper (say, merely renting a post office location might be inferior).

You know why I know this? The Framers themselves said your interpretation was wrong, in response to people worried that it would grant the US government too much power (as if that was a bad thing! And indeed it is!), in Federalist 44.

Let's review: The necessary and proper clause grants Congress the powers to that which matches ALL of the following:

  • Necessary to execute another power of congress
  • The proper way to act on another power of congress

That seems like a far cry from "do whatever the people want"!

Comment: Re:So when do we get to SEE these rules? (Score 1) 631

by diamondmagic (#49152375) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

That was the fault of Cogent, not Comcast, under their peering arrangement not exchanging data symmetrically. That had nothing to do with Net Neutrality and everything to do with Netflix taking 1/3rd of Internet traffic on top of bad routing.

Netflix was not uniquely targeted. The proposed FCC rules would have done jack. may also be of interest.

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