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Old 12-30-2017, 05:11 PM
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Hi, Nice to meet you. The names David Icardo, Jr. I'm a professional Economist and like many (if not most) of my colleagues, I oppose Net Neutrality. I am one of the real people who submitted a comment to the FCC opposing Net Neutrality.

At least five current or former Chief Economists of the FCC have publically opposed the Open Internet Order. I don't know any who have supported it. That includes:

Michael Katz (Served under Clinton, author of half of the Economics papers cited in the 2015 Open Internet Order).
Gerald Faulhaber (Served under Bush)
Michelle Connolly (Served twice, once under Bush and once overlapping under Bush and Obama)
Tim Brennan (served under Obama, including when the OIO was passed)
Jerry Ellig (The current FCC Chief Economist).
In a survey of leading Economists, only 11% supported Net Neutrality. 44% were opposed to it, and 36% were uncertain. This isn't a partisan thing either, Economists at leading Universities are much more likely to be Democrats than Republicans, by over a 4:1 ratio.

I don't mean to say that all Economists oppose Net Neutrality or the OIO specifically. There are certainly some who support it. Nicholas Economides would probably be the most well known. Still, I think it is fair to say that most oppose it, particularrly those working on related topics.

Neither the world nor the internet as we know it is going to end with the repeal of Net Neutrality. It wouldn't have had it reamined in place either. But I think there are good reasons to think things are likely to be at least somewhat better without it they with it. Markets generally work well. Proactive regulation is likely to stifle innovation. There is at least the potential for there to be benefits from prioritizing some types of data over others (telemedicine, video conferencing, etc.). The peer-reviewed literature indicates that NN regulations will likely lead to a worsening in the digital divide.. There are legitimate concerns about ISP behavior, but it's probably best handled through anti-trust not Title II restrictions - reclassifying ISPs as common carriers took that away from the FTC who does it well and put it in the hands of the FCC whose ability to do so is uncertain.

ISPs will also be constrained by their desire to maximize profits. "Workable Competition" is the operative concept here. Contestable markets matter. DSL matters. Mobile ISPs matter. They aren't perfect substitutes, but you don't need textbook perfect competition for competitive pressures to constrain firm behavior. The real world is full of imperfect competition. Becker et al. (2010) showed that: "there is significant and growing competition among broadband access providers and that few significant competitive problems have been observed." They also conclude that "antitrust enforcement and/or more limited regulatory mechanisms provide a better framework for addressing competitive concerns raised by proponents of net neutrality."

Say what you want about Chairman Pai, but he has actually listened to Economists and Chairman Wheeler did not..


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Old 12-30-2017, 05:34 PM
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According to most REAL economists...
According the THE Economist...

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Ajit Pai, the commission’s newish chairman, thinks that strict rules enforcing network neutrality are not needed. Instead, he wants ISPs to set their own policies and get another agency, the Federal Trade Commission, to enforce them case by case. That might work in countries with fierce competition among fixed broadband providers; in America, where millions of households have only one choice of high-speed supplier, it would surely fail. Big ISPs can charge startups and others more for bandwidth, slowing innovation and leaving consumers with less choice.
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Who is is David Icardo Jr?
IDK, he posts on reddit, I guess that's good enough credentials. Claims to speak for most economists, yet we still know nothing about him.

Lists a study oh 45 economists in 2014 as evidence economists are against neutrality.
Blah blah blah, strawman and musing.
Dismisses any problems as 'small' just like a proper economist would do (or maybe not, who knows).
Provides zero argument or support for his positions. Quality!

What was the point of that besides the ego stroking of someone who's first page google results are that they post on Reddit?
Wait, is your name David?
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Dismisses any problems as 'small' just like a proper economist would do (or maybe not, who knows).
The original Reddit article provides links for the named economists. I followed the Michael Katz link, and what he says is exactly as you described.

Basically, the FCC cites one of his papers, which essentially says that without net neutrality, there will be discriminatory pricing that harms consumers. But the FCC got it all wrong you see, because it's more likely to harm different classes of consumers than the typical FCC narrative. Discriminatory pricing is not more likely to stifle innovation as long as it's low enough bandwidth!

This potentially ignores the incentive an ISP might have to stifle innovation at any bandwidth if it's a high value business that the ISP also has an interest.

This also presumes that economics is the best/only reason to support net neutrality.
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This also presumes that economics is the best/only reason to support net neutrality.
This!

I'm pretty sure economists don't generally support public libraries, public schools, public roads, socialized medicine, social security, public beaches, public playgrounds, pools, and parks, banking regulations, rural electrification, etc; those same Chicago-school assholes of course don't approve of Net Neutrality. Why would they ever support something that benefits people generally, when it could be put on the "free market" and every bit of value squeezed out of it on that "level playing field"? You know, make believe.

Which is why economists and their fake science generally, and libertarian Von Mises-worshipping douches specifically, can go fuck themselves when it comes to their vision of what they want.

I give no fucks what economists think of Net Neutrality.
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Who is is David Icardo Jr?
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Damned if I know. David Ricardo was the Iron Law of Wages guy, but he's been dead for a couple of centuries, so probably not the same dude. David Icardo, who seems to have a genuine affinity for capitalizing words that shouldn't be capitalized, appears to fall within the overpopulated "I'm not an economist, but I play one on the Internet" category. Then again, he's got the religious pontification thing down pat, which is really all one needs to claim lolbertarian economist status.
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Who are these liberal media that people keep talking about?
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Who are these liberal media that people keep talking about?
the same liberal media that got Trump elected by pushing the idea that the only reason to be against "the most prepared politician ever" is being a misogynist
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Who are these liberal media that people keep talking about?
the same liberal media that got Trump elected by pushing the idea that the only reason to be against "the most prepared politician ever" is being a misogynist
This literally makes no sense whatsoever. Could you chop it up in its constituent parts so we may get a clue wtf you mean?
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Who are these liberal media that people keep talking about?
the same liberal media that got Trump elected by pushing the idea that the only reason to be against "the most prepared politician ever" is being a misogynist
Would this be the same liberal media that ran the above-the-fold page A1 stories about Hillary's emails on the same day 10 days before the election, or the same liberal media that gave Trump billions of dollars in free advertising by continually airing uninterrupted footage of his rallies?

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Who are these liberal media that people keep talking about?
the same liberal media that got Trump elected by pushing the idea that the only reason to be against "the most prepared politician ever" is being a misogynist
Would this be the same liberal media that ran the above-the-fold page A1 stories about Hillary's emails on the same day 10 days before the election
Hey now, leftists and libertarians and conservatives are all in agreement that there was nothing wrong with the New York Times's treatment of that story. It's just you Hillary cultists who think they should just not have covered that story at all!

Now run along and worship your #Resistance hero Bill Kristol, you Pétainist.

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Well, at least you linked to the Reddit post you copied whole - a minor improvement over your usual lack of respect for copyrights and attribution.
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Well, at least you linked to the Reddit post you copied whole - a minor improvement over your usual lack of respect for copyrights and attribution.
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LOL.

The only specific point that he makes that's not just a vague sentiment or an appeal to some uncited authority is bullshit.

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There is at least the potential for there to be benefits from prioritizing some types of data over others (telemedicine, video conferencing, etc.)
Look up "BIAS (Broadband Internet Access Services)" and "Non-BIAS data services," and you will discover that there are existing exemptions in the 2015 NN order that prioritize VOIP, telemedicine, medical device traffic, etc.

That guy either doesn't know what he's talking about or he's being intentionally deceptive.
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I've been thinking just how much libertarianism invites scams. Since it puts the burden on the victim to figure out if they're being scammed, you could easily go around telling people you're an economist and by shear numbers some of them will believe you without checking.

Of course libertarianism knows about and exploits this, which is why libertarians write books and long posts instead of governing and making policy, they hope you won't check to see if libertarianism actually works in the real world.
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I have no idea what the €200 is about, but how is free market enterprise supposed to even work if people don't pay their debts?
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Except, as with most libercontrarians, they think silly things like rules dont apply. We here at the freethought forum and chat emporium and pibble sanctorum frown on copying and pasting whole works. We would prefer a free thoughtful engagement of ideas and discussion of same. If one of our admins were here, they would have some ultimatum to apply. But, alas.

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It doesn't help with his credibility. Or his credit. No more bets! :boss:
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My goodness, let’s look at what The New York Times published on Oct. 29, 2016

Well, whaddya know?

Oh, and then there is this.

And there is MUCH more besides.

Anyone who thinks The New York Times cost Hillary Clinton the election has a screw loose. You’re also in the good company of the Times’ biggest enemies, President Cheeto Benito and his demented followers. Funny, that, eh? I think you make good bedfellows. You’re all equally deranged.

The truth is, The Times was ALL OVER Comey’s BS right from the get-go and I should know because I DO KNOW — first hand.

I have been very, very critical of The Times and the news media in general. But not all criticisms are valid. However, I’m not going to waste my breath debating this, principally because this message board is practically defunct anyway, and more generally I learned long ago that having debates on the internet, particularly with dumb asses like Erimir, is about as fructifying as trying to fuck a pig.

Erimir knows as much about what goes on in a newsroom (or what should go on) as a whore knows about what goes on in a convent or a nun knows about what goes on in a whore house.
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Oh dear, and look look at this.

I could dig up MANY more links about the Times’s coverage of Comey and Trump, and this is not even to mention the plainly verifiable fact that the Times editorial board has been absolutely scathing about Trump before, during, and after the election. Of course, anyone reading this can dig up such links as well — let me know what you find!

But go ahead and believe what you want to believe, erimir :pat: — just like a good Trumpkin! :lol:
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Good golly gosh, look at a right-wing rag attacking the Times for its critical coverage of Comey on the very eve of last year's election!

How ya like that, erimir?
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Default Re: What the liberal media don't tell you: Most REAL economists oppose Net Neutrality

:whygod: I'm so owned.

Pro-tip: you'll have more success if you first try to actually understand what my position is. That original post that you declared you would not read might be a good start, it's still there. Reading it will take far less time than continuing to spam the forum with links that don't actually address my criticism and constantly repeating a straw man.
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