The most disturbing thing about that situation is that publishers are commandeering literature that is generally the product of public funding. This however makes billions that augments financial growth in the US economy; so it’s allowed. This is literally theft; in every sense, meaning and intention of the word. This is what happens when we focus on the growth imperative and means of production. Capitalism has all but undone what the new implementation of Democracy has done for education. In order for a populous to vote it’s conscience, an understanding of the issues is required. Not that that’s even applicable since the late 1800s.
Regarding Kim .com and much of what’s happening on the internet: (trigger warning)
There is one place on the planet that doesn’t have dedicated policing… it’s the internet. The internet is essentially an Anarchy that is breaking systems all over the world. It’s not because people are assholes or anything like that. It’s because we don’t have a clue as to how to address behavior regulation in virtual spaces. It may be that we are just overthinking the problem to begin with. It’s also inconsistencies in the laws of nations states and inability to apply international law. It’s definitely, partially because there is no dedicated police force patrolling public, virtual spaces. Stephen Pinker makes the argument of how an uninterested, third party can often prevent contention between individuals and institutions. This is something that is lacking in the centralized, public model of the internet.
If the internet were more decentralized, it would be much easier for uninterested, third parties to defer responsibility to the host. This is not happening… at all… across the board. These actions against Kim .com and almost everyone else are a direct result of a model that isn’t allowing enforcement of the law.
I’m not trying to blame anyone. This is a result of general human ignorance concerning an emergent technology. I doubt that the eventual solution will seem favorable to most. This cannot last. It’s an economy killer.
Regarding ISP regional monopolies in the US:
Monopolies are illegal in the US. Regional monopolies are a method of skirting the law. The major ISPs have an unwritten contract to not piss on each others gates to prevent the eventuality of one king of the hill that is contrary to American law. Legally there cannot be one winner; therefor there must be a “duopoly” that works in conjunction, to prevent all from being lost.
The notion that there could be regional duopolies is ridiculous; because it goes against the market model itself. Monopolies exist in the US like runaway trains. They cannot be stopped without immediate contingencies; because of the financial influence that is leveraged against the economy.
It’s one of those “letter of the law vs spirit of the law” scenarios; because consumers all over the US are feeling the same effects as if there were national monopolies; only maybe a little less severe.
It’s not likely that this problem will be solved until the attended risk factor is no longer relevant. This probably goes until it falls under it’s own weight. The say that the best way to predict the future is to study the past.
Regarding the child abuse site and federal law:
It’s easy to reason out that more cases of abuse could be stopped by standing by until the required evidence is produced. It’s much harder to reason out how one or more children have to be thrown under the train until this happens. If it were the case that very specialized laws were written to prevent such “paradoxes” in enforcement, then maybe this wouldn’t be the case. Rather, laws are too often vague so that they can be used (abused) for many other purposes. For instance, The “liberty Act”. There has been a great deal of maturity in local governance in my lifetime. This movement toward federal involvement is similar to a small glass of kool aid or maybe a hit off a crack pipe. It’s likely to do nothing but pass down the corruption to those more in touch with the public. It’s similar to the corporate teet strategy. It’s typical of socializing states.
Regarding Puerto Rico:
There is a huge advantage to being on the back side of disaster. There is nothing but growth to look forward to. If they play it smart, don’t take offerings and take this on the chin, then they will be much better off in the long run than they were before the hurricane. This is common knowledge between investors like those of the Wall St. Casino. I’m almost positive that they are looking to loot future Puerto Rico. These people buy futures for a living. Capitalist countries are more likely to send investors with brief cases to your country than soldiers with assault rifles; but they are there for the same purpose. The first sign of mismanagement results in austerity. The investors take over as if it were their country to begin with. This even happens in states and cities in the US. Look at Chicago, for instance.