Reading about the Harvard vote to offer all research papers and notes online for free, one detects a strong anti-commercial ethic at work here, which also helps to sell the idea to an ideological “leftist” faculty. I’m reading about this after having laughed at the ethos of the Free Artist License, i.e. copyleft, the rationale of which is tinged with an anti-commerce, even anti-capitalist, attitude. It is striking because with copyright, we are, after all, talking about a legislatively imposed and artificial supply restriction based on coercion, not the free market. And yet it is the free market that catches the blame for all the increasingly obvious absurdities associated with IP. So with the movements at Harvard, Creative Commons, and copyright, we are seeing a market emerge via pure contract and the rejection of state privileges. These confused socialist ethics are giving us a free market by default. It’s worth an article that I hope someone will write.
Source link: http://archive.mises.org/7821/freedom-via-socialist-ethics/