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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    Rights vs. Privileges
    Internet access is not a right!
    Internet access is provided by the labor of others, thus you cannot have a right to it just like you do not have a right to your neighbor’s food just because you are hungry.
    You have a right to trial by jury which is provided by the labor of others, as is national defence, police protection and a number of other things.

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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    the only rights that should be fundamental is access to what is needed to survive, clean food, clean water and adequate shelter, anything else is a luxury, even if it is called a right on a piece of paper.
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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I believe that as technology advances and humanity takes advantage of those technologies, some of those technologies will be so important to living in a modern world that a people and their government can recognize such technologies as a fundamental right.

    If Finland recognizes internet access as a fundamental right for their people, I have no problem with it.

    You've got to cut that out, I'm not used to having to agree with you so often.

    My general response is "no". However... if/as/when it gets to the point where a certain technology is literall necessary to interact with society/government/economics in a manner most of the population consideres "essential", you might argue it is a right of some sort.

    100 years ago a car wasn't necessary. Today, if you live in a city with adequate public transportation, it isn't necessary. If you live in a rural area and it is 10 or 20 miles to everything (including your job), a car is necessary.

    Now I don't necessarily think that means the government should provide you with one, just that it should not capriciously deny you or make the ownership and use of a car overly onerous in such a case.

    A similar case could be made for the internet, at least in the near future. Possibly even now; it is getting to the point where any business that isn't online might as well not exist, unless maybe it is the neighborhood corner store.

    BUT then again I'm not really in favor of government providing charity, in the first place, so...

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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    My first response is hell to da no. But then I got to thinking that if you have children in schools? Yes.

    If you are an adult without kids? No take your broke ass down to the library to get online.

    There is a part of me that thinks every home should have a computer and net access. So in other words? I do not know
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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    As for a sub-division of this discussion:


    Is access to LOLCATS a fundamental human right? Discuss.
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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    As for a sub-division of this discussion:


    Is access to LOLCATS a fundamental human right? Discuss.
    of course, wat wood teh wurld be wifout lolcats?

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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    The Makeout Hobo is real, and does indeed travel around the country in his van and make out with ladies... If you meet the Makeout Hobo, it is customary to greet him with a shot of whiskey and a high five (if you are a dude) or passionate makeouts (if you are a lady).

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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    "Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke

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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    In a "global economy" seems everyone should have access to the internet.

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    Re: Access to the internet - a fundamental right?

    I am going to say "no" because the Internet is provided at some expense, and no fundamental right requires cash up front to exercise.

    If you want to argue that a person who isn't a convict in prison should be able to have uncensored access to the Internet if he can pay for it, then fine, I'll go along with that. That'll piss off people in Germany, Canada, and China, and other barbaric places that don't guarantee the fundamental right of freedom of speech, but that's how it goes. Too bad for them.

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