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Why Don’t People Get It About Jefferson and Slavery?

(David Post)We seem to have once again entered a  period in which we will be subject to more Jefferson-the-Perpetuator-of-Slavery bashing – witness the rather appalling Op-Ed piece in today’s NYT by Paul Finkelman on “The Monster of Monticello.”   The founding generation, Finkelman writes, helped perpetuate a “treason against the hopes of the world,” by “fail[ing] to place [...]

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More on the (Still Pending) “Anti-Internet Treaty”

(David Post)Courtesy of Larry Downes and the (indispensable) WCITLeaks.org document repository, some evidence that the UN is gearing up for a public relations push in support of what Downes is (rightly) calling the “Anti-Internet Treaty” — viz., various proposals on the table  at the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications which would give the UN’s  International [...]

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And Speaking of Libertarians, Conservatives, and Radical Copyright Reform

(David Post)Following on what I posted earlier about the Republican Study Commission’s now-retracted Report on Copyright reform and what it might mean for a developing new consensus on the right about the failure(s) of current copyright policy.  I should have noted there that the Mercatus Center is about to publish a book on this very topic [...]

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Republicans Going Copyleft?!

(David Post)The Republican Study Committee  in the House of Representatives has issued an extremely interesting (though rather clumsily written and clumsily titled) Report on “Three Myths About Copyright Law, and Where to Start to Fix it.”  The Report is posted here Actually, it’s not posted there anymore, having been removed by the RSC itself  . . [...]

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Greatest American Novelist Since Faulkner Hangs It Up

(David Post)Without much fanfare, Philip Roth has declared that he is retiring.  There’s a very nice appreciation by Panio Gianopoulos here on Slate, with others, surely, to follow.  The best American novelist since Faulkner?  Here’s my idiosyncratic list of his true masterpieces: Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, The Ghost Writer, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America, Everyman, and Sabbath’s Theater.   Who else [...]

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