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Re: Combating Cliches
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2011, 12:43:15 PM »

On intellectual property:

Imagine that I invented a genuine perpetual-motion machine and sketched out the design on a piece of paper.  You happen to see the sketch, grasp what it is and how to build it, and build one yourself.  Have you stolen anything from me?
If they answer "yes", then ask, "But do I still have the idea?" ("yes")  "Then you didn't steal anything from me." 

But say that you got the invention patented, and then sued me for patent-infringement when I build the machine myself.  Have you stolen anything from me now?
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2011, 12:44:42 PM »

One that annoys me is "The Federal Reserve is about as Federal as Federal Express."

Right; because Federal Express has its CEO appointed by the government and has a government-granted monopoly on overnight delivery service.
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2011, 12:45:43 PM »

On Free Trade:

Anyone who says they're for free enterprise but not free trade is like someone saying that they're for Chastity before marriage, but they don't like Abstinence.
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