Big Brother gets bigger in the EU

Speaking of lost meanings, one of the more commonly abused words in the political lexicon is 'right'. It used to mean a barrier to coercion from the mob, i.e., a right to free speech meant that the mob could not use violence on you for the words you said, and a right to private property meant that the mob could not use force to take your property. A right was protection against the outside.

Like many bastardizations of the English language, the word 'right' has come to mean the opposite of what if used to mean. A right to health care means that the mob can use violence to take your property to fund their health care, and now, a 'right of reply' means that the mob can force you to publish their thoughts on your private website.

What the hell is going on in the world? Do these people even know what they are saying?

Samizdata has the only proper response befitting such a step backwards in the progression of human civilization. Fight the good fight, gentlemen. Do not yield to the brutish mob. Do not relent to the ignorant degenerates, do not concede to their cowardly decrees. You have friends in America and in liberty lovers worldwide. Shape the future with pride and principle. It is the only way to live.

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wow. every now and then

wow. every now and then when I think that the United States is going to forfeit its position as the number one country in the world, a story like this comes along!

my question is how could it ever be enforced? Would they go to the ISPs and shutdown these websites if they don't comply? Is this just another idea like the International Court with no enforcement capability?

maybe by some stretch of the imagination they could use libel to enforce this law in the United States but I'm sure those open-source dudes would shutdown the Internet before that happened!

my question is how could it

my question is how could it ever be enforced? Would they go to the ISPs and shutdown these websites if they don't comply? Is this just another idea like the International Court with no enforcement capability?

I think that this was just about the EU so I don't think jurisdiction is that much of a problem.