|From the Amen Department, Chomksy on IP
||[15 Jan 2006|02:02am]
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.