Along with everyone else who knows anything about the internet, we at NSWATM are firmly opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act, which effectively turns control of the internet over to the entities who have demonstrated they can least be trusted: the legal departments of large corporations. Some people might call that an exaggeration. Some people are wrong.
This despicable excuse for legislation is contrary to the fundamental principles of the United States, insofar as it is profoundly undemocratic. It allows for the deliberate stifling of discourse by the powerful, giving the richest in society the legal right to silence the voices of ordinary people. First they got money defined as speech, now they’re trying to take actual speech away so there’s nothing left but money.
Furthermore, any legislation that is designed to allow large companies to crush small companies or individuals has to be considered contrary to the principles of free-market capitalism. Let us remember that a free market is not actually in the interests of big business: a non-competitive oligopoly is. A free market means that competition is fair and open, and when a major corporation can shut down a small one at will, on no grounds stronger than “We think maybe they were planning to touch our stuff” (a rough rephrasing of what’s actually in the bill) then it’d take a Mitt Romney to call that fair and open competition.
NSWATM stands with those who oppose this bill, and we’d be joining the blackout except it’d look self-aggrandizing. Nobody would be impressed by a 24-hour blackout on a moderately popular gender blog, even if it would give Ozy and me a break.