(The US has shut down a host with 73,000 blogs [HT: Instapundit and Slashdot]. It's possible, of course, that the shutdown involves something much more serious than copyright violations.)
Whatever the case may be wrt Blogetery, I agree with this:
Politicians are whores and the copyright industry is a wealthy John.Maybe the USA can buy Web surveillance technology from Iran. Maybe the USA can hire the Chinese to build a Great Firewall.
But payment in dollars may not be acceptable for too much longer.
(Btw, note the government's priorities: enforcing copyright vs. securing the borders.)
Addendum 20100708. The US has a small Pirate Party; it should make common cause with the Tea Parties and libertarians.