One common theme nearly universally agreed upon by Deists is the fact that it is important for humans to keep learning and to use reason to have a better understanding of God. This is why I feel abusive copyrights and patent laws actually go against my (and other Deists’) beliefs and encourage you to violate laws which are unjust and attempt to shut down reason in favour of capitalism.
This entry is a crosspost from my blog promoting Deism Accept Reason it is never my intentions to “convert” people to Deism, but simply make people aware of what we are about. Many people who read this are most likely Deists but didn’t know it. The idea behind Deism is not much different from the ideas behind infopolicy.
As Deists many of us like to look to Thomas Jefferson for inspiration and learn from what he has said, I will thus use one of his quotes to summarise this best:
“Stable ownership is the gift of social law, and is given late in the progress of society. It would be curious then, if an idea, the fugitive fermentation of an individual brain, could, of natural right, be claimed in exclusive and stable property. If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.”
When Galileo tried to teach his peers the sun did not revolve around the Earth he was punished by the church for going against the bible. Today we look at this as an act against education and democracy. When the printing presses were first invented they were banned outright or monopolised by governments in an effort to control who has access to new information saying it was to protect the industry. Today we view this as an act against education and democracy. The first automobiles were severely handicapped in various countries around the world as governments attempted to protect the stagecoach (and like) industry. Now people have developed tools which can allow them to share their culture in ways that someone 20 years ago would not have even thought of as being possible… and governments want to shut these down too to protect the media industries. It is the same old government which is afraid of new technology and trying to fit everything into what it knows, and not allowing progress to take us into the future.
Where this gets dangerous is the fact that governments are trying to uphold corporations’ “right” to patent gene research; schools cannot teach about or do research into certain parts of the human body simply because some corporation as claimed they own it. Courts have sided with the media industry to sue college professors for attempting to release their findings in how insecure various technologies are.. under the guise of the DMCA. An artist who made buttons with a slogan which was found as an excerpt from J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was sent a cease and desist by one of Mr. Tolkien’s errs.
What if the G-Scale in music was copyrighted? What if sports teams strictly followed copyright and did now allow fans to paint their faces or to make their social networking avatar their logo? How can we say it is okay for copyright to live longer than an artist, and still support free thinking? How can we stand by and allow EDUCATION to be outlawed and still call ourselves Deists? I can’t and that’s why I will continue to do what I am doing, and keep sharing my culture and keep researching and educating myself and others. Abusive copyrights and patents are against my faith.