To say that am blown away by Rick Carnes’ admonishment of Free Press today would be the understatement of the decade. Mr. Carnes’ assessment of Free Press’ approach to its campaign for net neutrality hit on an important and too often overlooked principle: that policy should address economic growth. This oversight has been my biggest issue with the net neutrality policy and is my biggest issue with any policy that comes out of Washington.
Even if you totally disregard the arguments of net neutrality opponents (something I would not advise were it not for sake of argument), the arguments of net neutrality proponents lay totally flat and hollow because for all their hell raising and name calling, no one in the Free Press camp has yet to make an economic, pro-growth argument that substantiates net neutrality as a viable, job creating policy. Not one.
Free Press and their associates have been so focused on spewing anger and sarcasm that even their definition of net neutrality has changed, going from the “we have to save the Internet from corporations” to, “net neutrality is synonymous to civil rights.” This is what happens when your approach is based on anger and spewing vile as opposed to sound political economy.
Mr. Carnes and I may be on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but when it comes to acknowledging the principles of reason and focusing on substance, Rick Carnes gets it. Now if only Free Press can step back, take a breath, and reassess.