Today the internet is protesting SOPA and PIPA, and it’s impressive to witness. Absolutely huge sites are blacking out to raise awareness and prevent these bills from passage. It leaves me feeling both hopeful and saddened. I’m hopeful that this type of activism can help curb bad bills, but ultimately I’m mostly just sad.
Here are two bills that are almost universally opposed by constituents, are fundamentally flawed from both a logical and technical perspective, opposed by the entire technology industry, and are clearly funded and pushed only by rich and corrupt special interestes. Yet the only thing preventing them from passage is massive worldwide outcry the likes of which we’ve literally never seen before?
Maybe this is democracy working, but it feels like things shouldn’t be this hard. Particularly in a representative democracy. Bad bills are bad bills and they should be dealt with, but I think the reality is that this isn’t even that bad of a bill when stacked up against recent travesties like the NDAA.
So maybe we can pull out of this tailspin as a country, but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion this is how empires die.