"You DID Build That: Defending Creative Rights"
New Book Available on Amazon mid-July 2017!
Cover design by Leah Montalto
Mankind has a long history of abusing great innovators. Some were put to death by poison (Socrates), some were burned alive (Joan of Arc), some were assassinated (Gandhi); some were mutilated (the architect of the Taj Mahal); some were forced to deny their ideas and placed under arrest (Galileo); some were sent into exile (Aristotle, Maria Montessori); some merely died alone in poverty (Nicola Tesla).
Today all Western creators from Dante to Beethoven to Frank Lloyd Wright and Walt Disney are racially rejected as being mere “dead white males.” The attitude of “Progressive” Socialists was perfectly summarized in Obama's infamous slap in the face: “You Didn't Build That.” It is a wholesale denial of human creativity. Even today's “libertarians,” normally defenders of free-market individual rights and the value of personal initiative and entrepreneurship, lean toward anarchistic denial of intellectual property (copyright ownership of songs and books, patent ownership of inventions).
What are the psychological dynamics between the givers and the takers, the creators and the imitators, the benefactors and the abusers? What is the moral basis of creative rights and how can the rights of creators be honored?
These questions are answered by “You DID Build That: Defending Creative Rights.”