johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

From the Amen Department, Chomksy on IP

This posted interview has been making the rounds, from Noam Chomsky:

Well, that's what the intellectual property rights are for. In fact there's a name for it in economic history. Friedrich List, famous German political economist in the 19th century, who was actually borrowing from Andrew Hamilton, called it "kicking away the ladder". First you use state power and violence to develop, then you kick away those procedures so that other people can't do it.

"Kicking away the ladder" is definitely going into my vocabulary.

Coincidentally, I just picked up Manufacturing Consent to watch, finally. I've read six or eight of the man's books but never watched it.

Tags: capitalism, chomsky, intellectual property, monopoly, vocabulary
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