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Re: Intellectual Property
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0293  Saturday, 12 February 2000.

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 12:44:31 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 11.0286 Intellectual Property

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 12:53:40 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0286 Intellectual Property


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 12:44:31 -0500
Subject: Intellectual Property
Comment:        SHK 11.0286 Intellectual Property

John Briggs offers an oddly benevolent view:

"Having a democratic mandate, the House of Commons acquired ascendancy
over both the crown and the (unelected) House of Lords.  The ancient
prerogatives of the crown were not abolished, but the exercise of them
was transferred with the executive to the elected government."

Another way of putting it would be to say that until last year, in
respect of  the three instruments of government in Britain (commons,
lords, crown) access to two was determined largely by birth. From this
year, the new 'reformed' House of Lords will contain 90 or so members
who have inherited their positions by birth. Each year, when the monarch
opens parliament, she still makes formal reference to 'my government'.
Each bill passed by parliament requires the royal 'assent' before it can
pass into law. None of this, naturally, prevents successive British
governments from lecturing the rest of the world on the moral duty to
embrace democracy.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 12:53:40 -0500
Subject: 11.0286 Intellectual Property
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0286 Intellectual Property

John Briggs wrote

> the US constitution is simply a codification
> of the British constitution of the C18, with the king replaced by an
> elected president, and the House of Lords by an elected senate.

This is something like saying that a plucked chicken is a human being
because it is a featherless biped.
 

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