I was forced out of my job as an appliance salesperson at Kmart a few months ago. To add insult to injury, the company contested my unemployment, and got me denied benefits (this, after I was already receiving partial benefits because of their last hours cuts). Any business that mistreats employees and customers as badly as Sears/Kmart does (man, could I tell you stories), has to aim at the suckers. The suckers are all they have left. Oh, and the people who don't or can't read labels (did you know most of the Craftsman line is now made in China?).
Those who are variously referred to as progressives, globalists, socialists, and the "New World Order", among other less polite things, have belatedly recognized the threat the web represents to their agenda, and they are now trying to correct that error. Like it or not, this cabal of industrialists and polititians will succeed, because they own the hardware. They own all the devices that make up the internet's backbone, and they control who gets access to it, so they can set the rules.
I still say we, the little people, need to start building Internet 3.0. I have no idea what form it can take, probably some sort of decentralized WAN, but I do know that if we want a truly neutral 'net, we have to control the hardware.
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