I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto,
‘That government is best which governs least.’
But, to speak practically and as a citizen,
unlike those who call themselves no-government men,
I ask for, not at once no government,
but at once a better government.
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Float around the internet today and you’ll find many sites, big and small, blacked out in protest of SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). We also have problems with PIPA (Protect IP Act).
These bills if passed into law could have a profound affect on the internet as we know it: in essence they are leash-laws, muzzles on our First Amendment rights.
I’m not one for silence and so I’m asking you to read the proposed SOPA bill.
Then this post, which does a better job than I would in breaking down why SOPA is dangerous for you.
And then DO SOMETHING about it. Call. If you’re not into talking into human beings (I’m not) call after business hours and leave a message.
Write emails. Personal ones carry more weight than just hitting send on those form ones, but form ones work if that’s all the time you’re willing to give.
This post helps you with the whos and wheres to call and write.
If you don’t do something, you have no right to complain. And if this goes through, you might not have the free internet as a venue for complaining anymore, anyway.