admin on July 30th, 2010

Unlike ACORN, the Tea Parties are not likely to be crushed by external sources.  They disproportionately serve the wealthy and well-educated who can come up with the resources and connections to withstand attacks.  For example, Fox News was behind a “sting” that helped to bring ACORN down, though it was later discovered that they distorted […]

Continue reading about ACORN and Tea Parties – Part 3

admin on July 29th, 2010

ACORN and the National Tea Party Federation were/are both community organizers in their own separate ways.  However, neither organized communities in the natural sense of that word.   People who belong to each other due to their living situation forms a community, independently of class, beliefs, education, etc., etc.  ACORN and NTPF each catered to a […]

Continue reading about ACORN and Tea Parties – Part 2

admin on July 27th, 2010

I recently stumbled upon some old news about ACORN, the now defunct organization whose main purpose was to register the disenfranchised to vote.  The alleged purpose of the now popular Tea Parties is to protest centralized government.  With the advantage of hindsight I was struck by the similarities between ACORN and the National Tea Party […]

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admin on July 25th, 2010

Pop examines his temper in another long letter from Pop to Newton, which I will split into two parts. November 18, 1964 Mr. Harold Lufkin, V.P. Newton Mfg. Co. Newton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Lufkin: Someone ought to put a “boot in my butt”. I had no sooner sent the darned thing out, than I was […]

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admin on July 24th, 2010

Any recommendations I make regarding patents should be taken as just a rough mold to work into shape.  As covered last time, before any meaningful change can be done to patents themselves we likely would have to first reverse the damage done by the Supreme Court with their pro-corporate jurisprudence over the years.  In particular […]

Continue reading about Innovation: Indulgence or Philanthropy – Part 5

admin on July 23rd, 2010

This series has revolved around the quote “innovation without protection is philanthropy.”  Does philanthropy best disseminate innovations that people want to copy, or does preventing the natural tendency of humans to copy good ideas serve as a market stimulus for innovations by appealing to “natural” greed? Innovations happen independently of corporations and neither corporations nor […]

Continue reading about Innovation: Indulgence or Philanthropy – Part 4

admin on July 22nd, 2010

What started this series is a quote in a NYT article stating “Innovation without protection is philanthropy.”  If you take government out of the equation there could be no protections for innovations.  Of course, if you take government protections out of the equation corporations could not exist, unlike proprietors who could.  To determine whether government […]

Continue reading about Innovation: Indulgence or Philanthropy – Part 3

admin on July 21st, 2010

The first thing to consider in regards to whether innovation is best indulged by government or used for philanthropy would be whether anyone would even consider philanthropy.  After all, we are constantly led to belief by laissez faire economists and corporate media that markets are run on self-interest.   Corporations strive to create the impression […]

Continue reading about Innovation: Indulgence or Philanthropy – Part 2

admin on July 20th, 2010

A recent NYT article reported on a business partnership formed around innovative technology going sour.  The story line is familiar.  A partnership of business interests is formed, partly because it makes sense, and partly to get around some tax issues.  One of the partners is a “small guy” that innovates, the other partner is a […]

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admin on July 18th, 2010

This is reply from Newton Mfg. regarding Pop’s doubts about his writing abilities. August 18, 1964 Mr. Leon R. Sinclair Box 473 Norfolk, Conn. 06058 Dear Mr. Sinclair: Several weeks ago you wrote me a note of appreciation for the “vote of confidence” I had given you in regard to your writing. The letter didn’t […]

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