Some people object to any and all forms of regulation. Back in February 1996, Grateful Deadlyricist and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Perry Barlow published “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” in which he advocated self-regulating the Internet via individualized adherence to the golden rule of reciprocity (treat others as you would like to be treated).
Other people clamor for more regulation. They might be supporters of the USA Freedom Act who want to rein in the government’s collection and analysis of purportedly private communications, or they might be people who worry that the prone-to-excess financial sector will once again crater the economy.
Most people, though, view regulation as a necessary evil that adds cost, slows things down and reduces innovation. They concede the need for some regulation, but in general they think we already have too many rules.
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