"Improving the Internet is just one means, albeit an important one, by which to improve the human condition. It must be done with an appreciation for the civil and human rights that deserve protection — without pretending that access itself is such a right."
January 5, 2012
Mr. Cerf is absolutely correct in his view about the Internet. It is certainly not a human right, and arguably not a civil right, important as it is to our personal and social well-being.
The same rationale applies to health care. Despite the recent campaign here in Vermont by the The Workers Center, health care is not a human right. Unfortunately too many Vermont legislators believe that false rhetoric and now we are on a deliberate path toward single-payer socialized medicine, mostly on a wing and a prayer.