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Let's Nationalize Facebook! Really?

Writing for Slate, Philip N. Howard has an article today calling for the nationalization of Facebook or at least a "thought experiment" on the subject. And, as far as I can tell, it's not 'Write a Joke Socialist Article Day.' Apparently, he's serious. Check it out.

"Over the last several years, Facebook has become a public good and an important social resource. But as a company, it is behaving badly, and long term, that may cost it: A spring survey found that almost half of Americans believe that Facebook will eventually fade away...it’s time we start discussing an idea that might seem crazy: nationalizing Facebook."

Whoa, whoa, wait a minute! First off, why is it automatically assumed that Facebook's eventual demise is a bad thing? Is Facebook a poor lost puppy that needs to be given warm milk and medical intervention even though it's suffering from head trauma and broken bones from being run over by a semi? What is it about freedom that the Left can never understand?

It's called creative destruction...

Read more: http://iroots.org/2012/08/16/lets-nationalize-facebook/

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Cyril's picture

Goodness.I didn't know


I didn't know Marijuana WAS ALREADY legalized and available off your Walgreens' shelf.

"Thought experiment" ?

Yeah, right. Exactly right.

Hint :


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Comments are made of GOLD!

LOL I hope some of those comments aren't us... Every comment there tears that Pinko Commie professor up as if he were a stupid kid!

There's GOLD in them thar comments! Good job guys. Keep it up. Hopefully we get him fired from Slate.


I think he'll pretend it's satire

I'm encouraged by the comments on the article.

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

Never had a facebook

Some people are absolutely crazy to give so much personal information to complete strangers. Definitely not for me, would never ever join.

No, but you'll sign up your children for a tax break.

(not "you" personally, but this will be the case generally)

People WANT FB now.

They'll certainly still want it in the future if its a "mandatory" government program.

I could see this as a multi-pronged move:

#1 - they "save" FB from imploding, which it is already doing.
#2 - they save their data mining project.
#3 - they turn FB into how they will control identity on the net and restrict use. (no access without a FB account 1st)

#4 - We will eliminate elections and simply govern by "likes."

#5 - FB is the all intrusive means to isolate you from family and friends if you step out of line, and of course, how to find you if you do.

Everything from Driver's Licenses, to welfare checks, Social Security checks, tax refunds, you name it - will be handled via the new "Government Face Book."

It really is the perfect tool.

It couldn't have been planned better.

Some say, it WAS planned this way.

Too funny and too scary!

No doubt our CIA is watching all of the data.

Check out http://iroots.org/
"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

Yeah! That ought to fix it!

Just like they fixed the auto industry


GM is headed for bankruptcy - again



Facebook is losing money faster than a popped water balloon. Add government to it and you've just found a way to move faster than the speed of light, downward.


Good Article

Nationalize Facebook, What a crazy Idea!!, These people have no understanding what so ever of freedom and the free market.

Well, this would basically

Well, this would basically make Facebook go from people filling forms out all day for fun, to people filling forms out all day for the government.(note, I dont use facebook)

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Social Media Czar

So who will be Obama's new Social Media Czar?

Fareed Zakaria

or perhaps Martin Bashir...

syrian danny

syrian danny


lets hope

he doesn't vote.