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"We may disregard the problem of second-rate authors of poems, fiction, and plays and second-rate composers and need not inquire whether it would be a serious disadvantage for mankind to lack the products of their efforts."

Until, of course, you are forced to pay for them through your tax dollars via the National Endowment for the Arts, N.E.Humanities, PBS, NPR and innumerable state and local equivalents, all of which have as their raison d'etre paying for "culture" that, by definition, people don't want.

He would have been incredulous about open-source software.

Trying to figure out whether this was meant to be insightful, funny, or outrageous given the recent debates over IP.

Haven't read up on it much but I always find it interesting to know who stands where and how firmly; even though in the end relying on that information for a conclusion would be silly, I still find it beneficial in the seeking process.

I'm still trying to figure out if this was meant to be insightful, funny, or outrageous given the recent debate and discussion of IP.

I haven't read much on the topic, but it's always good to know who stands where and how firmly; while it would be silly to draw conclusions based on that information, it certainly helps in the seeking process.

Sorry about the double post. If one of you would feel compelled to delete one of those I won't hold it against you. *sigh* Where's Brad DeLong when you need him?!

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