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8126Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re:Copyleft and Fukuoka's books

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  • Dieter Brand
    Nov 8, 2008
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      Vincente,

      Did you know that you can download two of Fukuoka�s books from Steve Solomon�s Soil and Health library at: soilandhealth.org?� Steve operates his site like a virtual lending library, which means you get a personalized PDF file with your name on the understanding that you won�t redistribute it for commercial gain.� I don�t know if this is completely in accord with international copyright law, but so far there seem to be no objections.� I think this is a good way of making out of print books available to the public.

      Personally, I�m mainly interested in Natural Farming and I had hoped that this list would serve as a place to share and discuss our experience, but perhaps that hope was in vain.�

      To have a meaningful discussion we need to have the courage to tell the truth as we know it even if it is not trendy or popular.� E.g., if a person, who never made any contribution to this group, suddenly turns up to sell Fukuoka�s books, then we need to be able to ask a question about copyright, which has often been discussed but never been answered.� Somebody also needs to point out that to use another person�s labor to make a commercial profit by selling his work is neither legal nor moral.

      To have a meaningful discussion we also need to reply to what the other person is trying to say and not use part of an argument as an opportunity to propagate our own ideology.

      We also need to maintain a minimum level of mutual respect and civility, which, in my opinion, includes introducing yourself to a group you join and letting the group know who you are, what you do and what interest you have in Natural Farming.� And if we do want to tell others about our ideas, I think it is preferable to do so in our own words and not argue with the arguments of others by the PC�s copy and paste commands or by Internet links.

      If you had been interested in a serious discussion (as you claim), you could have commented on my reply to Jeff, in which I explained the function and the benefits to society of intellectual property rights.� Since you did not, I have to assume that you are primarily interested in spreading an ideology and not in discussions.� Hence, there is no point in repeating my arguments.

      Regarding a World without private property (if that is what you are after), �real socialism�, the sole experiment of doing away with private property known to mankind, has collapsed under its own contradictions after tens of millions of death and hundreds of millions were reduced to extreme poverty and humiliation.� They even managed the incredible feat of creating a high degree of penury for the people while at the same time squandering natural resources and destroying the environment in a big way.

      If you have any experience with farming and in particular with Natural Farming you know that a farmer needs to �own� his land; it needs to be his property.� To rebuild soil that has been depleted by conventional farming can easily take 10 or 20 years of backbreaking labor.� No farmer is going to do that without a degree of assurance that he or she will be able to continue working on the land for the foreseeable future.� The nature romantics from the city who make a day excursion to the country, on the other hand, take it all for granted, mistake the cultured land created by generations of farmers for nature pure, like to trample down the wheat and start wild fires by throwing away cigarette buts or by crowning their Sunday afternoon excursion with a barbecue in the middle of a forest.� Then it�s back to the city and nobody cares about the damage that may have been done. Why should they?� It is not their own property.

      Intellectual property is no different from other forms of property.� At least in socialism there is the idea of taking away from those who have much to give to those who have little.� By abolishing intellectual property, on the other hand, we take away from those who have little, from all those creators who barely make a living by scrubbing other people�s floors.

      Lastly, already the Bible mentioned something about �giving� being nobler than �taking�.� Alas, human avarice being what it is, that idea never made it very far.� Yet by making an ideology out of freely taking what was made by others to serve our personal gain seems to propel human perversion to unknown levels.� And you say that is Natural Farming!?

      Dieter Brand
      Portugal





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