In Uncategorized on 01/20/2012 at 16:09

As Tax Court has released no new cases today, I thought I’d memorialize the defeat of SOPA/PIPA by referring to a fifty-five-year-old statement from China, a nation where internet freedom and intellectual piracy are burning issues. “Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land.”

Well, I don’t know about a “flourishing socialist culture”, but it sure must be nice not to have to pay royalties for grabbing someone else’s ideas. Nevertheless, I am in favor of blossoms. And a hundred schools of thought, or even one single thought, contending is how we make progress in the arts and sciences, and maybe even in the law of taxation. And culture will flourish, or not, depending upon what we do with those thoughts.

Now, as I’ve said before, this is not a political blog. I grind no axes here. I hold no more brief for the stealers of thoughts or ideas than I do for the stealers of wallets or purses. I also do not like censorship; my motto is simple: “Say what you like, and I will do likewise”. And by the fruits of our thoughts and words the world will know us.

So let’s get on with blossoming and schooling and contending–and most of all, thinking.

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