John Kerry: Freedom Makes It Hard to Govern
By Todd Konrad
Speaking before a group of State Department workers last week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave voice to the frustration authoritarians experience because of the easy access to information on the internet. Secretary Kerry told the audience that the world had been “complicated” by “… this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them in one day than most people can process in months or a year.”
This pesky internet, Kerry says, “makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder to find the common interest.” This is a great source of aggravation for our political masters, who, for nearly all of the 20th century, were able to limit and control the information available to their subjects. This is why government efforts to control the internet are on the rise and will continue to increase in intensity and frequency; an informed public is just too darned hard to “organize” and to dictate a “common interest” to.
Authoritarians like Kerry don’t even realize how revealing such comments are. They actually believe in their personal infallibility and the inherent goodness of the monstrous governmental beast they have created in Washington and state capitols across the country. They know with absolute certitude that if they only had, as Congressman Barney Frank asked for in 2010, “more authority and more ability,” they could fix everything.