Recommended reading: Marc Levinson's "An Extraordinary Time - The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy" or my title: Why leaders try variations of the same thing and wonder why it fails every time. Link to Barnes and Nobel book store.

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Legal and Justice

Patents and Copyrights

Patents and copyrights are specifically mentioned in the Constitution as having to expire. Congress keeps extending copyrights - mostly to protect Mickey Mouse (his ears) - without reviewing the constitutional issues.

Patents are devolving into lawsuits and preditory pricing. Nor has the Patent office been funded enough to check patents against prior art. 

Are patents and copyrights separating us from capitalism?

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Difference Between Legal and Justice

In many cases justice doesn't necessarily relate to legal at all. For instance, in New York City a crook filed to transfer the deeds to some houses. When the owners found out their only recourse was to hire a lawyer and go to court. The office where deeds are filed admitted they had a problem.

Should the proper owners of the properties have to shoulder the cost of a bad government action? Should our justice department consider the issue of justice in this case and step in and represent the real property owners?

In another case a lawyer was suing store owners about complying with ADA (like for wheelchair access) simply to make money from thestore owners, not to help any disabled people. Furthermore, the historical preservation laws prohibited the changing the store front for ramps. The burden of hiring a lawyer out some of the store out of business. Should the Justice Department prevent this injustice?

Without lots of money many people cannot be protected from many things not necessary in their control otherwise. Should the government make sure everyone receives justice? Should the Justice Department insure all people have equal rights to justice, even without a legal issue?

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