Podcast #307: Net Neutrality and More

 Posted by on 8 September 2014 at 8:00 am  Podcasts
Sep 082014

On Sunday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I answered questions on net neutrality and more. The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Whole Podcast: 7 September 2014

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Podcast Segments: 7 September 2014

You can download or listen to my answers to individual questions from this episode below.


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Question 1: Net Neutrality

Question: Should “net neutrality” be law? Lately, many people on the left have been advocating for “net neutrality.” What is it? What would its effects be? What are the arguments for and against it? If it shouldn’t be law, might private “net neutrality” be a good thing?

My Answer, In Brief: While the concerns motivating calls for net neutrality are often very real, the diagnosis of the problem and the proposed solution is deeply misguided. A freer internet requires less government regulation, not more.

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To comment on this question or my answer, visit its comment thread.

Rapid Fire Questions


  • Why has the Tea Party movement not gone global in the same way as the Occupy movement?
  • Does Ayn Rand indicate in Atlas Shrugged whether Dagny is morally wrong for having an affair with Hank Rearden? What do you think?
  • Since human understanding is limited, mustn’t there be some things which will always be beyond human understanding?
  • Ayn Rand called charity a ‘minor virtue.’ Do you think she was right, or would you class it as a moral amplifier?

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  • Start Time: 51:17
  • Duration: 10:23
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To comment on these questions or my answers, visit its comment thread.


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