At one point, Mr. Karzai suggested that he himself would be compelled to join the other side – that is, the Taliban – if the parliament did not back his controversial attempt to take control of the country’s electoral watchdog from the United Nations, according to three of those who attended the meeting, including a close ally of the president.

Diller, Brill, and Murdoch seem be stating a simple fact–we will have to pay them–but this fact is not in fact a fact. Instead, it is a choice, one its proponents often decline to spell out in full, because, spelled out in full, it would read something like this:

“Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, or else we will have to stop making content in the costly and complex way we have grown accustomed to making it. And we don’t know how to do that…”