"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" November 2010 - Posts - TT's Lost in Tokyo

November 2010 - Posts

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Lessig waffles in the lion's den: the architecture of copyright stifles creativity, but abolition of copyright is "wrong" by TokyoTom

On November 4, copyright expert Lawrence Lessig gave the keynote talk at the World Intellectual Property Organization's meeting in Geneva meeting on "Facilitating Access to Culture in the Digital Age" . Lessig points out how modern copyright...
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Liberal Lessig attacks corporate rent-seeking, praises Tea Party candidates' call for a moratorium on earmarks by TokyoTom

Law professor Lawrence Lessig (once Stanford, now Harvard), the internet's most famous lawyer and founder of the Creative Commons open licensing endeavor, has turned to issues of open and clean government ( as I have previously noted ), in part in...
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Sunlight Foundation: Citizens United ruling allowed election to be "costliest and least transparent midterm" by TokyoTom

I've commented extensively on the recent Supreme Court decision that in effect held that our corporation-hating Founding Fathers intended to protect "speech" by corporations under the Fourth Amendment. The effects of that decision are starting...
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Rob Bradley in Koch Wonderland: a 'Libertarian' uses his fossil fuel PR front to trumpet the 'principled entrepreneurship' of his rent-seeking benefactor by TokyoTom

Of course none of the Koch brothers (among the wealthiest Americans), the oil and other companies they own, nor the people they directly or indirectly employ - including Rob Bradley , who founded the oil-funded Institute for Energy Research and runs the...
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How should libertarians react to the similarities between statist IP and the statist "climate agenda"? by TokyoTom

I wish to make note of a brief comment thread in the blog comments to Stephan Kinsella 's October 22 Mises Daily post, Rethinking Intellectual Property: History, Theory, and Economics : TokyoTom October 26, 2010 at 1:47 am/span> “Basically...
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IP and the individual: does man act alone? Are "rights" personal or a group solution to a common problem? by TokyoTom

I wish to make note of a brief comment thread in the blog comments to Stephan Kinsella 's October 22 Mises Daily post, Rethinking Intellectual Property: History, Theory, and Economics : Mushindo October 25, 2010 at 9:27 am Artistic aspects aside,...
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A continuing story of "STUFF" and Stupidity: when enviros appear, Austrians stuff their thinking caps into a jar by the door, and rush out to defend the corporate-statist status quo by TokyoTom

I just stumbled across a Mises Daily post by Sterling T. Terrell (an "economist and writer living outside of San Antonio, TX") on " The Story of Stuff" video by Annie Leonard (a former Greenpeacer) I couldn't resist making a few...