Wednesday, October 29, 2003

A Case AGAINST Federal Anti-SPAM and telemarketing Laws!

I am not a fan of Government over regulation. I believe that the Federal government is already too intrusive in the everyday lives of average Americans. It is from this position that I argue against Federal anti-SPAM laws and telemarketing laws.

I, like the next person, do not enjoy the clockwork like timing of telemarketing calls at dinnertime. Nor am I happy to receive copious amounts of unsolicited e-mail offering anything from prescription drugs to larger breasts(something I do not figure I need). Federal regulation is not the answer to these problems.

Why is the public looking to the Federal government and not their Internet provider or phone service to solve these problems. I believe the American public has become all to reliant on the Federal Government to solve all the problems effecting their world while refusing to call on the market place to seek the solutions the public desires.

With government intervention to publicly sought solutions, you eliminate a potentially large future industry. Why can't some young MIT grad develop some code to prevent SPAM and in the process make himself rich? Why can't some garage electrician develop some device that prevents telemarketing calls from reaching the phone? By allowing the market place to find theses solutions, you create jobs, create a new industry, and create a new mode for capital in the stream of commerce. Theses were the principles that this country's economy was built on; demand, invention, and marketing.

In the past, if there was a public need, the market place filled that need. One could only imagine how today's government would react to past problems such as the need for higher speed transportation, the need to better separate cotton, or the need to provide power to industrial manufacturing. All these problems were solved by industrious Americans who saw a need and develop a product to fulfill that need. Now, the government is the mode in which public demand is sought to solve problems. Unfortunately, government solutions to public demand are neither industrious nor based on invention, but rather rooted in regulating in manner consistent public demand.

Do not fall into the trap of expedience in order to solve public demand. Allow the Market place to solve problems and the Nation will be better off for it. Just look at the economic situation in those nations that consistently utilize government action to solve public needs (France and Germany specifically) and you will soon see the folly of this path.