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Boycott Philly? Why Philadelphia's Licensing and Taxing of Blogs is Creeping Fascism

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The recent decision by the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to require a Business Privilege License
($50 a year or lifetime cost of $300) of blogs and that the blogs be taxed on any profits has
generated a well deserved outcry from free marketers across the country.
Many have invoked Chief Justice John Marshall's famous words, "The
power to tax involves the power to destroy." They are right, this will
be the end of independent blogging in Philadelphia and around the world
when this spreads across countries.

The tax is actually the least
of the threats to blogging the city is creating. The major threat is
the licensing. Once the precedent is established that blogs can be
licensed the government's control of the blogosphere will grow in small
increments until it can shut us all down by simply requiring and then
denying said license. Simply charging a high licensing fee will close
the majority. There's no doubt in this libertarian's mind the government
would love nothing more than to have the Internet as limited and
controlled as it has television and radio. In other words, they will
apply the corporate media model to it. All these independent bloggers
have been a great source of anxiety for our rulers. Why the masses are
actually getting some truth! This is a tremendous threat to their power.
Much better for them if there are only a few corporate sources of
information.

Does this sound far fetched? Let us consider a
little history in other media namely television and radio. Back in the
bad old days there where only three major television networks operating
nationally. There were some local stations too, of course. Radio was and
still is owned by large corporate entities. Now cable and satellite
television have expanded the number of channels available, but the
change has not affected the government's control of the media. All need
a license to operate.

Just as important they can be easily bought off
with advertising. The government controlled the flow of information to
the people. It is perfect example of fascism with nominally private
corporations under the government's control and doing their bidding.

Enter
the internet. Almost completely unregulated it is liberty at its best.
By the dawn of the twenty-first century people were getting information
and opinions that could be hidden from them before. People are
networking and communicating with like-minded people from around the
globe. Anyone with intelligence, a computer, and internet access can
blog successfully. Independently shot videos of all manner of things the
government doesn't want exposed can be disseminated easily and at no
cost. Governments and corporations are profoundly threatened by this new
freedom to communicate and trade independently. To them blogging is a
menace that must be stopped!

This author very much doubts that
the Obama administration will be suing Philadelphia to stop their taxing
and licensing scheme like they sued Arizona over their immigration law.
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It's all up to us to stop this tyranny before the internet goes the way
of television and radio. To this end I ask everyone to join the boycott
of the City of Philadelphia until they come to their senses and leave
the bloggers alone. This travesty must be stopped here before it
spreads. Please show your support at our Facebook page
"Boycott Philadelphia Until the Bloggers Are Free!".

Photo by Rob Kall, shot from the courthouse where OEN Managing editor had was arraigned on charges later dropped. We believe she was arrested for taking photos of police

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Sorry, but your entire post is...well...fertilizer... by Roman Berry on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 9:14:01 AM
And if you blog for revenue, you're running a busi... by Dana Pico on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 10:45:25 AM
I would say your entire post is fertilizer, Roman.... by Whiskey Rebellion on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 11:38:56 AM
pay taxes to federal and state on any income you m... by Laura Roberts on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 12:04:42 PM
I just finish read this crap. Let get to the facts... by Gary Reed on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:02:17 PM
Given my youth (61) I have only just begun to real... by Joseph Robles on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:13:29 PM
to the over 60 club ... politically nothing, absol... by hourglass on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 1:03:47 AM
I'm glad to see this get top billing here on Opedn... by Steven G. Erickson on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:16:05 PM
Information is always what those in power want to ... by Marika on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 5:19:40 PM
"This reminds me of the licensing of typewriters i... by Darren Wolfe on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 6:04:29 PM
Yeah. If they start licensing bloggers, then next ... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 8:29:29 PM
no speaking here! we have zones for that ...... by hourglass on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 1:08:38 AM
How is OEN non-profit? It has ads all over the pla... by Whiskey Rebellion on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 12:17:50 PM
Everyone here seems to want services from the gove... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Saturday, Aug 28, 2010 at 9:46:05 PM
is that the government has their hands out too oft... by Laura Roberts on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 12:13:14 AM
you are not a progressive. LOL I share the same co... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 1:07:57 AM
thanks for sharing ... i live in occupied jpn ... ... by hourglass on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 1:36:19 AM
What we remember of days gone by will have to rema... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 2:28:28 AM
no I'm not a progressive by definition. I like th... by Laura Roberts on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 2:58:22 AM
walk a mile in my boots. I'm ex military..grew up... by Laura Roberts on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 3:07:31 AM
I think when when people say they are against the ... by Marika on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 4:47:26 AM
They are simply honoring their oaths to this count... by Dana Pico on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 9:27:27 PM
The real stealing is not going on in taxes but in ... by Marika on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 4:29:28 AM
The federal government has grown so hugh,they have... by Beverly Prather on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 12:31:27 PM
The critical difference between the two is that th... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 4:04:22 AM
Scott, thanks for the thoughtful comment. The airw... by Darren Wolfe on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 6:32:18 AM
I don't see how running a business is a "privledge... by Beverly Prather on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 11:53:03 AM
What about the people like me who CAN'T "get a rea... by Ian MacLeod on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 8:08:17 PM
"This author very much doubts that the Obama admi... by Paul Kruger on Monday, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:25:30 AM
The federal Mafia has no standing to sue Philly ov... by Darren Wolfe on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 6:37:13 AM
but once again no one in Washingtom would pay a th... by Michael Morris on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 3:57:33 PM
This is one of several civil liberties issues wher... by Dan Stafford on Friday, Sep 3, 2010 at 4:07:38 PM
Darren, as a conservative I agree with you wholehe... by Recce1 on Thursday, Sep 9, 2010 at 5:54:54 AM