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The Intellectual Freedom Amendment

May 12, 2021 —

As we move further into the information age, it has become apparent to anyone who cares about equity and progress that copyrights and patents, a minor nuisance in the analog age, have become the biggest driver of inequity and bottleneck to progress in our time. Whereas we should be seeing a Thriving Age of Enlightenment and Progress distributed across the world thanks to digital and network technologies, instead we see a large fraction of the world struggling to breathe. Copyrights and patents are blocking the flow of quality information to and between the majority of the world's population. And so I am writing to encourage believers in truth and liberty to start organizing to pass a new Intellectual Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

An Initial Proposal

The below proposal is 184 characters.

Section 1. Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of this Constitution is hereby repealed. Section 2. Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people to self-publish, republish or peaceably implement ideas.

I have only passed a handful of Amendments to the U.S. Constitution in my lifetime, so if you have suggestions to make that better, pull requests and discussions are welcome.

A Call for Organizing

The founders of the United States were wise enough to know they would make mistakes, and so created a system for fixing those. Generations before us have used this system to fix some grave mistakes. It's time for the Internet generation to fix this one. It's time to organize and amend.

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