who’s wto

Monday, February 7th, 2011

What happened in the nineteen century to tangible properties is happening now to intangibles. Take as a first example a recent change in Saudi Arabian law brought about by the World Trade Organization. As the historian Carla Hesse has noted, in traditional Islamic practice, authors did not own the ideas expressed in their books: “A […]

on democracy, property and freedom

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Have you ever watched a “free market” clone on TV telling you that democracy builds on property, the rule of law etc.? Let’s take a look into what that means. A recent study shows how the wealth is distributed in the U.S.A.: in 2007, 80% of the population owns 15% of what’s to be owned, […]

the law

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

If you don’t obey the law and you come with the excuse you did not know it, that excuse doesn’t hold, right? It’s your obligation as a citizen to know the law. Then the law should be published on the Net and should be freely accessible to any citizen. The responsibility of publishing the law […]

paying to be made freely available

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Oxford University Press Releases Open Access Results: “Oxford Open, which launched in July 2005, gives authors the option of paying for their research to be made freely available online immediately upon publication in the participating journals”. First, in my opinion, this is not open-access, I already explained why. Briefly, this model is, in fact, an […]

on limited wealth or property

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I was defining, a few days ago, the principle of limited property. Today, I used Google and Yahoo to locate “the principle of limited property”, or “put limits to wealth”, or “imposing limits to wealth”, curious enough, only my blog entry was shown, or no finding at all. However, playing with alternative formulations of it, […]

the end of all the evils ;)

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Here it is: in countries were most people live on wages (that is all the countries I heard of), there is a natural limit for the total wealth an individual can have: a lifetime of average wages. I would call this the principle of limited property, and it should belong to your (and my) country’s […]