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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Dagens citat

Even if you could rigorously, objectively distinguish between discovery and invention, still, both are merely ideas, or recipes, or knowledge ,or information--and in either case, not the ontological type of thing that can be property. "Running" exists but it cannot be owned. Lots of "things" exist--or are they merely our way of organizing our percepts into concepts we can understand? I don't know and don't think it matters--but not all "things" are "ownable things". This is one problem with saying that you own something if you create it: it avoids the first step of asking whether the thing is an ownable thing; in fact, it presupposes that all things whatsoever are in principle ownable--memories, facts, things-that-happen, time, love, emotions, feelings, tendencies, smells, centuries, poems, letters, fonts, shades, giddiness, etc etc. etc ad infinitum. Funny however, all the advocates who want to "expand" the concept of property beyond the realm of the physical or tangible--scarce (rivalrous) resources--always want to enforce--en*force*--those rights wiht real, physical, force. If these ghostly, nontangible things are "real", "as real as" well, real things, then why not use some kind of ghostly, nontangible "force" to enforce them?


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