Jefferson, Recipes, Freedom and Democracy, and the Deuce

Posted by Brian PCF
Aug 28 2011

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without leaving me dark.” -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Isaac McPherson (H/T Rational Optimist)

“As Emmanuelle Fauchart discovered by interviewing ten chefs de cuisine who had restaurants near Paris, seven with Michelin stars, the world of haute cuisine operates according to three norms, unwritten and unenforceable by law, but no less real for that. First, no chef may copy another chef’s recipe exactly; second, if a chef tells a recipe to another chef, the second chef may not pass it on without permission; third, chefs must give credit to the original inventor of a technique or idea. In effect, these norms correspond to patents, trade secrecy contracts, and copyright.” -Matt Ridley, The Rational Optimist

“I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible. The great task for libertarians is to find an escape from politics in all its forms,” with the critical question being “how to escape not via politics but beyond it. Because there are no truly free places left in our world, I suspect that the mode for escape must involve some sort of new and hitherto untried process that leads us to some undiscovered country.” -Peter Theil, Details Magazine (H/T

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