If people want to watch live sports, they ought to pay for it themselves. It can be a separate package, or a separate product, I already pay enough for sports through taxes.
making a living off the arts is like winning the lottery.
There's too much free/discounted stuff out there for the masses to want to pay top dollar for something that can be easily acquired for free.
Just because there's free art out there doesn't mean that's why people aren't buying. I don't buy CDs or books because I find them inconvenient, but that doesn't mean I'm replacing them with something that's free. I don't buy paintings either, because I don't find them interesting. In fact, there's a lot of 'art' (be it a painting, book, film, photograph, song, poem, etc.) that gets produced that nobody finds interesting. The reason it's hard to make a living as an artist is the same reason it's hard to make a living as an actor - many people try, very few people are actually any good at it. I'd bet that more than 99% of the art that's produced each year couldn't be given away for free. Just because an artist likes their own work doesn't mean anyone else would be willing pay for it, no matter the condition of the market.
Believe it or not but the US does have valid national security concerns that need to be dealt with so unfortunately the NSL and FISA programs are needed unless someone can come up with a better way to handle threats to national security.
The Stasi had a huge number of spies watching for dissident activity. A system like that would be more effective at protecting national security than one that focuses on digital communications. These people watched practically everything their neighbors did, and reported it to the state. Stasi agents would enter people's homes at will. Surely, that would make it easier to stop terrorism.
Now do you understand that national security is not the only metric by which we measure a policy?
P.S. and yes, parallel construction. Criminals (a surprising number of whom seem to work in law enforcement) always get greedy.
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