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“Scalia therefore has not a leg to stand on. He demands something that is logically inconsistent, impossible of execution, and plainly at odds with the original understanding of the Framers of the Constitution as to how it would be applied and put to use. It is also abundantly clear that Scalia merely claims textual and/or original understanding as justification for his preferred outcome, even when the evidence is such that neither the text nor any plausible contemporaneous understanding would support him. In other words, he just makes it up. That is why I say he is a judicial crook. Perhaps a better description would be that he is a judicial charlatan.”
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“In any event, moreover, the distinction between action and inaction is always suspect, in legal contexts as well as everywhere else, because inaction can always be described, differently, as an action. Is running a stop sign the action of driving through the sign or the inaction of failing to put on the brake? If I choose not to buy commercial health insurance, that is, from one perspective, inaction: there is something I failed to do. But from another perspective it is action: I chose deliberately to run a risk—the risk of falling ill without the benefit of the insurance I could have bought. The distinction between action and inaction depends only on a choice of description; it is frightening to think that a matter of such enormous political consequence—whether Congress can construct a national health care scheme—should be thought to turn on a verbal preference. Roberts seemed aware of the problem: he said that practical men, presumably like himself, have no time for metaphysical niceties. That is a familiar excuse for bad philosophy.”
A reminder that most things, if not everything, are remixes on an old idea.
Making the case that nothing, not even The Matrix, is totally original, Everything Is a Remix is back with a stunning shot-by-shot breakdown of the dozens of references and influences that shaped the Hollywood blockbuster.
This video was edited by Rob Wilson and co-produced by Kirby Ferguson, the creator of the series, and written by Cynthia Closkey. In an interview with The Atlantic, Ferguson makes the case for rethinking our definitions of creativity and ownership:
I wanted to address the hypocrisy of property-centric views of creativity. Corporations — and even many authors — want monopoly rights that are as broad and enduring as possible, but the gaping hole in that approach is that all creations contain chunks of other creations. It’s a blurry boundary between where one work ends and another begins. We all copy, we all transform, we all combine.
The interview is continued here, and previous episodes of Everything Is a Remix can be found on the Video channel. Everything is a Remix is self-funded, and welcomes donations from viewers via their website.