doctorow property law

The labor theory of property always begins with an act of erasure

“All the people who created, used, and improved this thing before me were doing something banal and unimportant – but my contribution is the step that moved this thing from a useless, unregarded commons to a special, proprietary, finished good.”

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via Cory Doctorow here:

(@MitchWagner) tweeted at 7:28 PM on Sat, Mar 23, 2019:
John Locke’s labor theory of property has resulted in the genocide of millions, robbed millions more of financial benefit from their work and also justified a Chicago chain restaurant owner’s attempt to trademark the word “aloha.” – @doctorow  https://t.co/qesVXbO6wk
(https://twitter.com/MitchWagner/status/1109627896098889728?s=03)

This odious specter haunts much of the world today, and it has plenty of company, for this conception of property rights has sent millions to their graves.

The labor theory of property always begins with an act of erasure: “All the people who created, used, and improved this thing before me were doing something banal and unimportant – but my contribution is the step that moved this thing from a useless, unregarded commons to a special, proprietary, finished good.”..t

But even though Lockean delusion is often wrapped in racism, “intellectual property” debates also contain equal opportunity erasure

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hardt/negri property law

wilde property law

doctorow property law

like doctorow property lawrights et al.. always begins w act of erasure

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