View Poll Results: Should internet marketing be regulated?

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  • Yes, it should be regulated by the government.

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  • Yes, it should be regulated, but not by the government.

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  • No, it should not be regulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    Besides, it's weird that people are willing to trust the government when it's just a group of people like you and me, just as likely to defraud you as anyone else, only they've got a huge amount more of resources to do it, which is even worse.
    Exactly. This is what the founding fathers knew to be true:
    Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. -- Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post

    Besides, it's weird that people are willing to trust the government when it's just a group of people like you and me, just as likely to defraud you as anyone else, only they've got a huge amount more of resources to do it, which is even worse.
    I'd go with more than likely to defraud or act in an immoral way in order to gain for themselves/businesses. any time the US government (not to mention others) has a hand in regulation there is always a few companies who will do extraordinarily well over every one else...

    I'm for deregulation of just about anything the government thinks it should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    I'd go with more than likely to defraud or act in an immoral way in order to gain for themselves/businesses. any time the US government (not to mention others) has a hand in regulation there is always a few companies who will do extraordinarily well over every one else...
    The recent government bailouts are a perfect example of that. The companies with high-level connections in Washington got taxpayer money; the companies without those connections didn't.

    The end result of this: More companies will spend more money bribing more government officials, with the goal of receiving more taxpayer dollars in the future.
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    If IM is regulated, then there would be restrictions for anyone to earn money or do business online, I would rather wish that it is not regulated. Should treat it as free market for all.

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