Net Neutrality Even if each man could alienate himself, he could not alienate his children: they are born men and free; their liberty belongs to them, and no one but them has the right to dispose it.

by Brian Greer

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau would be for net neutrality and having freedom on the internet. Rousseau would not want the government and private companies to have authority over what we say or read. He would also like to have no discrimination over who has more access to information than another. He exemplifies this when saying,

Together with all his rights, to the whole community; for, in the first place, as each gives himself absolutely, the conditions are the same for all.

Rousseau would not want to have the information to be discriminated or restricted to a certain group of people, when he would want the conditions of the internet to be the same for all people and to have access to all information that is available on the internet.

The whole community should have the same amount of access to information on the society. Rousseau speaks of a social contract between the people and the government and how the people should have all of the basic rights and the government can’t take that away or find loopholes to try to restrict those rights. The Private companies should not have conditions that restrict information or set rules that cannot be changed, for their own gain. This is highlighted in his argument when he says

Before they come to years of discretion, a father can, in their name, lay down conditions for their preservation and well-being, but he cannot give the irrevocably and without conditions

Rousseau also speaks of in his writing that everyone has freedom and everyone is born free and the private companies and government that is restricting our information is taking away our liberty. The Private companies that are giving us our information but with conditions, which in Rousseau's philosophy is okay but when someone puts down restrictions that can’t be changed, then that is when it starts cutting into our freedom on the internet.

In rousseau's writing he often speaks upon freedom and being born as man and therefore free, so when Rousseau says this, one could interpret it as, him saying man is entitled to freedom. Rousseau would have one to believe that the whole controversy on this topic is about the freedom that people should have online in the pursuit of information, so one could believe that the freedom online, as it becomes more prominent in everyday life that man should be able to be ever learning and as man is and will continue to do because we are a species that is constanly asking questions.


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