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Speedlinking Friday: Meltdown, Kindle, Putin, and Lincoln

You need to watch this video of Thomas Woods on the Glenn Beck show. If only Beck would have been this open when Ron Paul was running for president!

In a stupendous example of how IP clogs up the works, the Authors Guild, an advocacy group for writers, is claiming that Amazon’s Kindle 2 is breaking copyright law with its new text-to-speech feature. Their director is quoted as saying: “They don’t have the right to read a book out loud. That’s an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law.” So mother, you reading aloud to us as kids makes you a criminal. Okay, not really, but read more about this bizarro situation here.

You know that there is a big problem in America when Vladimir Putin warns us that we might be getting a little too, what’s the word, socialistic?

“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”

Thomas DiLorenzo reviews the book of a scholar who has come clean about Emperor Lincoln.

Marvel’s 2006 book, Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, says this on the inside cover: “Marvel leads the reader inexorably to the conclusion that Lincoln not only missed opportunities to avoid war but actually fanned the flames – and often acted quite unconstitutionally in prosecuting the war once it had begun.” This is obviously not how to win another “Lincoln Prize.”

Lastly, let me encourage you to check out the brand-spanking new website of UT-Austin’s Libertarian Longhorns, a group I help run. It’s pretty spartan-looking right now, but I’m excited about the potential opportunities it will provide for growing the group.

Have a great weekend!

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