Friday, February 21, 2014

On Paid Speech

       On Paid Speech

Paid speech is not free; free speech does not pay.

The proof of both propositions is simple: he who pays the piper calls the tune. 

         Free speech does not pay because information is unownable. Once spoken, any word becomes common property of all mankind. The rate of profit on intellectual property quickly falls to zero.

         Information wants to be free; information also wants to be paid; therefore information is broke.

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