by Dennis Crouch
Just returned from a quick family spring break visit to Galveston. Wendell Berry is probably my favorite poet. He focuses mainly on communities and their interaction with the land and conservation efforts, and writes in ways that easily resonate. He does have some harsh words for intellectual property (as well as property law in general).
“Intellectual property” names the deed by which the mind is bought and sold, the world enslaved.
I have no “intellectual property,” and I think that all claimants to such property are thieves.
I will note here that Berry has recorded his copyright to more than 100 works, including the Sex, Economy book (but seemingly has never asserted them in court). My sense of Berry’s life is that he has attempted to live in ways align well with his written works, I would be interested to learn more about this little corner of his vision.