David Krap clueless net neutralityTumblr CEO David Karp is one of a small group of individuals who has influenced the Obama administration behind the scenes on Net Neutrality. On Feb. 24th he appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the White House’s plan to treat broadband services like a public utility. The segment featured him tumbling down an intellectual mine shaft after the least bit of push-back from the panel.

Please — I urge you — watch as the guy who runs a digital playground for socialist kids everywhere shows why the self-appointed masters of the universe should have no say in how to “fix” the Internet (that was never broken to begin with).

Rebecca Quick: If you talk to someone like AT&T — Randal Stevenson — he will say right now they have more capital expenditures than any company in America. They have invested heavily to build their network. And that if you turn it into a utility it will not be profitable to continue investing like that. And that as a result things will slow down.

David Karp: It’s just not true. It’s just been disproven.

Rebecca Quick: How’s it been disproven?

David Karp: It’s disproven too by the the tech end of it, too. There’s a tremendous amount of artificial throttling right now. They have the bandwidth to deliver this. Look, if we could move further in breaking down the near-monopoly situation we have right now, we would hopefully see more competition.

Rebecca Quick: You have a monopoly because it’s really expensive to build the pipes. And so you have not had multiple people who will build the pipes to the door.

David Karp: **Awkward silence** Ummm. Ahhh. I cc-confess, not my area of expertise. …

Joe Kernen: In general, do you think heavy-handed government regulation is a good thing or a bad thing for an industry?

David Karp: I think a bright line rule that spells out these sort of foundational principles we believe in — I think the Bill of Rights is a good thing. …

Joe Kernen: I don’t see how that’s an answer at all, comparing this to the Bill — I understand the Bill of Rights.

Notice how Mr. Karp looks like a small child who just had a handful of quarters magically pulled from his ear by his grandfather. It’s obvious that he’s never heard decent arguments against Net Neutrality, probably because he spends a lot of time reading the Tumblr feeds of clueless kids and attending Democratic fundraisers.

The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 4:

Mr. Karp told Mr. Obama [at a New York fundraiser] about his concerns with the net-neutrality plan backed by Mr. Wheeler, according to people familiar with the conversation. Those objections were relayed to the White House aides secretly working on an alternative.

How ironic is it that the CEO of a company that theoretically works in the free exchange of ideas isolated himself inside an ideological bubble, which then broke the moment it was nudged by Joe Kernen and Rebecca Quick? David Karp Intellectual Bubbles: impervious to an Obama fist-bump, but prone to popping with a Rebecca Quick mind-prick.

David KarpMr. Karp seems completely oblivious to the unintended consequences of letting the federal government upend an entire industry, which is odd given that unintended consequences of Obamacare are impossible to ignore.

If you get a chance, I again urge you to watch as a man who has helped shape Mr. Obama’s opinions on Net Neutrality crumbles on live television.

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  1. The only thing Karp comes close to getting right is that the ISP industry is monopolized. Unfortunately, it’s monopolized because of government rules like NetNeutrality.

    1. I do find it quite odd when someone proposes the government “solve” a problem, and then when the problem gets worse that person a) blames the free market that was warped as a result of “solving” the problem, and b.) proposes more government to “solve” the new set of problems.

  2. Reblogged this on makeaneffort and commented:
    The Left always stops half-way to the truth… because the truth is not what they want to hear.
    It’s also our fault. We have stopped teaching the brilliance of Free-markets. This guy enjoys his success exactly because of this paradigm… the very paradigm he carries the banner to destroy.

  3. Wow. I don’t know much about this Net Neutrality topic, but it’s obvious Karp has no idea what he’s talking about. Umm.. the Bill of Rights? Say again? For some reason all three of the other people are so much more well-informed than him on the topic. I can’t even tell if he was dodging the questions on purpose or inadvertently…

    1. Yep. And the thing is, he’s supposedly an “expert” on the issue. The fact that he got stumped on some pretty standard questions is incredibly telling.

      I’m not sure where this whole “save the internet” campaign came from. I’ve never met one person who said, “You know, the internet sucks! It needs fixing. It needs saving. Who will save the internet?!” That’s because the internet doesn’t need “saving.” What you have is people who want more power and control and people who want to retain the power and control they do have (e.g., David Karp).

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