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How To Get What We All Want - Reaction Essay

Publication Date: 
May 06, 2009
Cato Unbound
Jonathan Zittrain

Professor Lawrence Lessig is quoted by Professor Jonathan Zittrain in Cato Unbound in a reaction essay to an earlier piece that reviewed ten years of Lessig's Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace:

... Lessig sees value in having democratic political systems shape and ratify our technological choices, while the cyberlibertarian might just as soon let chance (which is to say, the market) take its course. On technologies that might allow people to bypass government regulation of content, Larry says:

Of course, my view is that citizens of any democracy should have the freedom to choose what speech they consume. But I would prefer they earn that freedom by demanding it through democratic means than that a technological trick give it to them for free. … If a restriction on liberty is resented by a people, let the people mobilize to remove it.