The anti-group thinker by definition has no word to describe him.
And those who call themselves an "X", whatever it is, are fundamentally saying they "think like those who like to think alike". When it comes to expressing my ideas, my own name is enough for me.
The Right can adopt Left principles all the time, and vice-versa. It can happen to the point where the meanings of the words "Left" and "Right" change significantly. For example, being an isolationist and/or a dictator sympathiser in the name of realpolitik would have probably got you called far-Right-wing in the West back in the days of the Cold War. However, now this tendency to abandon third-world people to the fate of totalitarian-state thugs for selfish interests of one's own is very prominent among the Left - in particular, the anti-war faction. And it can all be explained by them getting high on capitalism and turning into two-legged pigs of their own. When you have (nearly) everything you ever wanted from a not-perfect but still very lucky civilisation such as the United States or the United Kingdom, who cares about third-world problems? There is a reason why the vast majority of people who give to a charity are among those who have most likely been actually affected by the troubles the charity is trying to fight: the corollary is that people who indulge in video games, booze and expensive clothes while still claiming that Western capitalism is the root of all evil have no urgent reason to care about such humanitarian causes - they have had the privilege of being the luckiest mammals who ever walked the planet in all its billions of years.
It was not like this back in, say, the 60s where poverty was more predominant. Ironically, Socialist solidarity was greater during this period, because there were more people around to have empathy with dissidents fighting dictators, as they could better identify with them in relation to their class divide. Even some sensible Communists got this point. Totalitarianism was, and still is, something to be opposed in ALL forms, and no comprise is up for discussion.
But now, most of the working-class have become middle-class enough to not care any more. You only need to look at the lack of help among Syria's refugees as well as the near-complete lack of solidarity with the people of Iraq during the last decade. For the "Left", it wasn't just enough to be against the war and it wasn't enough to stop any arming of the fighters against fascism - dictatorial and/or religious. They had to throw away any redeeming factor completely, and give only the tiniest aid towards the Iraqis as possible. Because ONLY Right-wing Cheney can be prone to and guilty of selfishness, right?
Yes, Bush's administration deserved a good deal of impeachment: not for "lies" told to and believed by gullible idiots who proceed to blame everyone else for their gullibility, but for incompetently not protecting Iraq enough from the religious fascists of Al Qaeda. Some gravely inexcusable mistakes were made such as giving Saddam's supporters enough time to retreat and rearm. But this is an argument for MORE intervention, not less.
You are going to get much more of this in your lifetimes. Don't think you wont. Syria is going to implode; Lebanon will suffer badly; Nigeria is in a state of chaos; Iran is on the brink of revolution; Russia's bullying against the Syrian people, journalists, homosexuals, punk rock bands and many others is going to provoke something nasty; Zimbabwe is under severe oppression; both Libya and Egypt are on the brink of civil war; Pakistan's nuclear weapons remain a grave danger; China have a seemingly unoverthrowable stranglehold, North Korea cannot possibly sink any lower. And this is to only name a few.
If you want a historical perspective on what ought our role in the world should be, unilateral or not, partisan or not, look to Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Sierra Leone. We will not be able to do everything, obviously. And military intervention is obviously not warranted in all circumstances of human rights abuses. But there is such a thing as a totalitarian state that has hit the bottom of the barrel, and we should recognise it when we see it.
Take the side of the victim in each conflict, every conflict, and you will feel much more like what the Left used to stand for. And don't make excuses for Right-wing extremism. Wake up and smell the fascism. Then go and read ONLY the opening lines to Richard Dawkins' "Unweaving the Rainbow" and realise how inconceivably fortunate you are.
...and then realise that you may only live once, but you are not the only one alive.
There is nothing about DRM that cannot be ridiculed. And even if DRM DID somehow achieve the utopian claims put forward by its advocates and restrict the ability to copy, that means these same advocates do not need copyright law to protect their work. It is transparent as that.
In relation to the article before this one, I would actually say that the attempts to stop piracy are actually more delusional than the attempts to stop drug use through criminalisation. And even more delusional than the fucking war on prostitution, for goodness sake. And pardon the pun.
For one thing, some files with a pattern of 1s and 0s WILL be legal while other files with that same pattern of 1s and 0s will not. And unlike weed, which is called weed for the precise reason that it grows everywhere and is hard to get rid of, pirated files practically grow on trees.
Never mind the fact that some artists authorise file-sharing while others do not. Never mind that all Japanese visitors of deviantArt, fanfiction.net, tumblr, etc have technically violated piracy laws. Never mind that the Japanese state now has warrant to watch over not just torrents, but emails, file lockers, USBs sticks on the street, public WiFis, etc in their pathetic self-righteous, self-pitying Luddite utopia.
It is by no means an exaggeration to say that the futile war on drugs is still a thousand times more successful than the war on piracy, yet as the internet becomes much more faster, much more proliferated with more global users and much more anonymous in the near future, only copyright seems to think flogging it with a dead horse will do the world any good.
"The US right now regarding to people from the middle east, are acting Germany did with the jews during the Nazi era, with the news they they basically say that every mosque is a terrorist group, and every muslim must have a bomb under their beard."
Well technically if you think property trumps everything, you are inclined to say that it trumps even the economy. So you can expect this kind of behaviour from those who insist that the entire world, along with soverign democracies with their own economic and property systems, be within the boundaries of their fences.
I won't delve into patents too much: the short answer is we need a full-blown socialist perspective applied to patents, as scientific research is something everybody ought to be participants in.
But copyright is always going to lead to irony and hypocrisy as long as it forces creators to back away if what they wish to bring are derivative works. As well as insisting on being the exception to the rule that it is impossible to forbid the expression of opinions without falling into corruption, deliberate or not.
The only thing the Luddites ARE right about is how there can be temporary unemployment effects as a result of workers having to learn new trades.
And I posted this comment to go with:
"So donít blame technology for persistent unemployment."
Tell that to the bloody MPAA. Copyright philosophy is one of the greatest unspoken Luddisms in economics. It makes the utopian claim that a service with a free-rider problem is in need of property distortion into goods instead, as if second-hand copies somehow do not create a free-rider problem. Assurance contracts, the real answer to the creator's free-rider problem, suffers from no kind of Luddism whatsoever because it treats the property correctly as a service, not goods. In fact, IndieGoGo and Kickstarter can cheer for joy when the internet becomes 10,000 times faster and more anonymous as it allows more virtual "tickets" to be booked much faster, while the deluded "pirate hunters" with their negativity towards any kind of communications technology can only throw a Luddite tantrum at such a technological advancement.
A) Reasonable trademark protection. The kind that allows a person or company to prove that a product is really theirs through a unique signature. Not "brand protection" (I can walk on the street and yell "Coca Cola are corporate oligarchs!" and ruin the "image" of their brand) or generic signatures (if an "X" shape would not be considered satisfactory for a contract signature then why should Disney be allowed to get away with three black circles? But what WOULD qualify is the words "Walt Disney" with their unique font, along with possibly the fairy tale castle background).
This would mean that derivative works would be distinguished from originals, attribution would have to be given in order to stop defamation and plagiarism, and this trademark value alone would be enough of an "artificial" value to give quality assurance to the works and help tackle the free-rider problem (but the main economic model for this job is B) below) and allow all "knock-offs" or "pirated copies" to go out of business due to their lack of value, unless they themselves can add something valuable of their own through their own fruits of labour such as retelling The Lord Of The Rings or remixing music.
B) Assurance contracts. This is a brute-force response to the "free-rider" problem in its purest form. Make all interested parties pay simultaneously in order for the works to exist at all, giving "pirates" a hand of responsibility for the content's creation that copyright cannot do. We have plenty of evidence that this works already: tickets work, cable subscriptions work, pre-orders work (did you hear that Rockstar supposedly recuperated all the GTA V production costs from pre-orders alone?), so sure enough this trend gives a strong indication that crowdfunding can stand on its feet without the need for copyright. It is just a case of how long it takes to become mainstream. "Want an advanced copy of GTA V before anyone else? Put your pre-order money in our crowdfunding pot!"
Put these two elements together based on their evidence so far and you have a pretty freaking stable economic system. Don't listen to this unfalsifiable nonsense of "but copyright is the only way it'll all work!"
Well that is certainly a reasonable explanation, or part of a reasonable explanation, as to why there is such a public relations problem between the U.S./ U.K. states and the citizens.
But just because these states have taken opportunistic chances to hack into tech lines does not mean that Syria must be left alone to burn to the ground. Two wrongs are not better than one.
Russia with its arming of Assad, advocating of homophobia back home, and outright KGB bullying ranging from the murder of Litvinenko to oppressing Bill Browder through the U.K. libel tourism industry, is also a state with very slippery slopes of its own. This is not exactly a state with a mentality of keeping its tyranny under legal secrecy with a few tech corporations - it is very much out in the open with its thuggery, and is giving Assad a lot of power through weaponry and U.N veto power.
I really do not care what the public relations are like here back home. My MPs who more or less voted on using no means of force whatsoever are nothing short of cowards who are too afraid to tell a huge wave of conspiratorial, right-wing-in-left-wing-clothing isolationists that they are all on the wrong side of history. Well I am not.
These chemical weapons, that were highly likely to have been employed by Assad who threatened to use them eighteen months ago, were aimed at rebel areas. And unless you really want to go full-conspiritard and say the rebels set this up as a false flag (or be like George Galloway and say they came straight from Israel themselves), you have to give Assad, already under a lot of pressure from the Arab-Spring resistance, a bit of skepticism. And I cannot figure out this mentality: IF the rebels used those weapons, which is very unlikely, why would that change anybody's opinion that chemical weapons should not be tolerated? Just aim the punishment at the rebels AS WELL AS Assad, and you will be free of hypocrisy. I won't accept anything short of a secular, democratic state and I will not stop calling to fight for just that until it comes about.
It is rather contemptible that only two years after the civil war started, with 100,000 already dead, that the "anti"-war folk (who are just so peaceful and love to quote the Spanish-defending Orwell left, right and centre) are just NOW taking enough notice to rally a rabble about how the Syrians should just be left to kill each other even more so than they are now, because it is "none of our business". Not even a U.N. no-fly-zone. Not even refugee safe havens. I hear that most notorious bankers often make a big deal about how they should not pay tax to help those who need it most because "homeless people are none of their business" as well. It is very anti-Left indeed.
AND indeed, much silence on Russia's arming of Assad, a dictator who has already oppressed Lebanon and given shelter to war criminals. The "anti"-war "Left" are quite ready to say, quite rightly, that it is despicable when the U.S. arms dictators and turns a blind eye to their oppression, so why can they not aim that same level of fury at Russia?
Pointing out hypocrisy does not mean you have answered serious moral questions. If a politician were to get up on stage and say that global warming must be resisted, but one heckler were to stand up and shout to him "but YOU drive a car to work when it is only ten minutes away!" the heckler has proven that the politician is a hypocrite, but not that needless carbon burning is right.
I hear this rhetoric all the time and it is just completely and utterly empty. "Why do you go after Assad and not the Saudi oligarchy?" "Why do you take out Saddam Hussein and not Robert Mugabe?" "Why do you want to save Afghanistan from the Taliban but not Palestine from the Zionists?" "Why do you pick on Slobodan Milosevic instead of the Burmese military junta?" "Why do you..." Yeah, I am pretty sure I HAVE made these kinds of arguments in my sleep. They are not exactly that big of an accomplishment. Any idiot can do it. But here is what takes bravery: putting your foot down and saying that if a state is hypocritical then by definition it must be right half the time, and we need to emphasise the right half. Trust me, these dictators and thugs that get a free-ride from the U.S. right now? We will get round to them as well. Totalitarianism is the explicit enemy and will always be so.
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Your Luddite mentality bores me and is too predictable.
Copyright is a utopia. It makes it impossible for the creator to enforce.
The only thing you can do is bring all the materialistically interested parties to your table and have them commit to an assurance contract. I would like to hear why you do not think crowdfunding cannot solve the free-rider problem, while my waiting to give money to a third-party with no relation to the artist for a 2nd hand copy of content at a lower value CAN solve the free-rider problem.
Never mind that copyright essentially allows the copyright holder to dictate the inflation rates of the content he is printing (just as the government is the only one allowed to print authorised money and therefore control the value of said money through its inflation rates) therefore screwing over the value of consumers (and possibly even creating bad economic bubbles). Crowdfunding avoids all this nonsense as well.
When your philosophy represses technology and mine embraces it, I can claim to be on the right side of history. And there are many derivative artists who have intellectual property rights, too.
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I personally think Mike is too nice with respect to copyright, and should be calling for its outright abolition.
Then again, I also do not happen to care what his exact stance is. You do not need to even hold any such position in order to know what a LIE is e.g. copyright maximalism. Knowing the truth can be hard at times, but knowing a lie is easy.
And I see copyright as a utopian, Luddite fallacy. Sure, it might allow artists to hit back at the free-rider problem and profit, but that does not mean it is the only way to hit back at the free-rider problem and profit.
Copyright is and always will be unstable as it makes the assumption that communications technology will not advance in the future. But an assurance contract perspective survives regardless of technological advancements. The crowdfunding only gets better with this technology. Copyright does not.