commentary by Roger Erickson
Get rid of most copyright law?
If I read all the books people recommended to me - and which sound absolutely necessary to read, pronto - I'd be out another $1000/month, which I simply can't afford. Something REALLY has to be done about copyright & publisher's fees. ASAP. Group ignorance comes from the thousand cuts inflicted by the rentiers extracting rent on what we try to say to one another.
For Americal to know - fast enough - what Americans know, we need to OpenSource nearly everything, just to maintain the tempo of national communication needed to grow group intelligence. If most (not necessearily all) authors published their output as OpenSource, then we could return to letting the public rapidly select individuals to hear more from, via speaking and consulting engagements.
Copyright only slows down Cultural Adaptive Rate, since it acts as a direct brake on the tempo - i.e. kinetics - of Cultural Recombination. At the macro scale, copyright is stupidly mal-adaptive.
Instead of public subsidies only for sports diversions and military adventures, we should also subsidize a LOT more non-sports related "performing" analytical arts.
Case in point: why can't every single person in the USA read every one of these texts by ex Fed Chief Marriner Eccles, in free pdf format, by the end of today?
These following 2 articles alone would change fiscal politics if immediately available to all citizens.
Curbing inflation through taxation, by Marriner Eccles (1944)
Economic balance and a balanced budget : public papers of Marriner S. Eccles
Our problem is not one of having or not having information. Our problem is in inadequate and disastrously slow distribution of available information. If America only knew - fast enough - what Americans know, we'd never have to worry about stupidities like balancing our fiat. What does that even mean?
Copyright vs Cultural Recombination & Adaptive Rate is a paralyzing issue not just in economics - it's the key drag on all policy intelligence, at all times.
Copyright extended by Faux Credentials.
Supposed credentials are always in the way of cultural evolution, hiding behind copyright to slow adaptive progress. Another example is our DoD & the topic now called 4Gwar. Modern appreciation of maneuver warfare has been a science since ~1809 - but is still largely dismissed by those with faux credentials.
Reality is that we need maneuver policy management, and - more generally - Maneuver Context Management, universally
There are always ways around the whole spectrum of instantly obsolete credentials, but they're not pursued well enough, fast enough; largely because too large a swath of people in isolated professions naively believe in credentials outside their field, and fail to see that all credentials in all fields are near instantly obsolete ... and are actually in the way.
Rethinking copyright laws would help America learn what Americans know, faster.