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The King getting bribes to issue monopoly rights
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 08:41 PM EST
That's what's going on with Congress and the flood of unconstitutional patents
on software (etc.)

I'm beginning to think that the correct solution is the most radical one:
abolish patents entirely. The Dutch did it once.

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Patents vs Congressional Laziness
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 10:58 PM EST
Interesting... I am doing a study on slavery (as it applies to the United
States), and found it interesting enough that even before the Constitution was
adopted, there were plans to abolish it by the year 1808 (as noted in the
Federalist Papers). The big question for me in the study is, "What
happened to that plan?"

It is appearing to be the case that money was a major factor in finalizing the
abolition. As the number of slave states increased, and as taxes were levied on
the import of such "property", it only brought more money in. This
seems to have had a calming effect on the moral integrity of the legislation in
general, while creating what I call a "pressure cooker effect" in the
general populous which eventually exploded into what became our Civil War.

While I have yet to solidify this finding to it's completion, I am certain that
the incoming "hush" money was more than just a minor
"convenience."

That said, you are probably correct, and the chains that the media companies and
businesses are placing on their customers will not be lifted until the vast
majority of the countrymen become angry about it.

Throughout our history, legislation seems to have a habit of slacking off until
their voters are angry enough that they grab their representation by the scruff
of their necks and remind them that they have a job to do, and if they don't do
that job, then they'll be looking for another means of employment.

Bah! Human nature can be ugly!

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