The State Can’t Sink Our Battleship on Feed 44

C4SS Feed 44 presents Nick Ford‘s “The State Can’t Sink Our Battleship” read by James Tuttle and edited by Nick Ford.

For every site the government tries to take down, another five spring up. And no one in government is going to admit that what they’re doing is futile. They simply don’t have incentives to act rationally. They’re getting paid to take down sites. It doesn’t matter if five more spring up for each one they hit — they get paid either way. So why stop now?

The state won’t and can’t stop, “cede” the ground to the people of the Internet and admit defeat. But here’s the thing: The whacking process itself is a much bigger sign of defeat than actually surrender. The state is engaged in a Sisyphean task and by gum it’s going win or run out of funds trying!

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