Piracy and Fraud Propelled the U.S. Industrial Revolution

From Emergent Africa Fri Feb 22 2013, 11:44:00

Noam Choamsky spoke to this earlier.Bloomberg reports on American historical hypocrisy:

Although typically glossed over in high-school textbooks, as a young and newly industrializing nation the U.S. aggressively engaged in the kind of intellectual-property theft it now insists other countries prohibit.

In other words, the U.S. government's message to China and other nations today is "Do as I say, not as I did."

In its adolescent years, the U.S. was a hotbed of intellectual piracy and technology smuggling, particularly in the textile industry, acquiring both machines and skilled machinists in violation of British export and emigration laws. Only after it had become a mature industrial power did the country vigorously campaign for intellectual-property protection...[continue reading]

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