Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln
Michael Eisner has ginned up some quotes from Honest Abe Lincoln to defend technology mandates, things like “any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.”
Here’s a counterquote from the Lincolnbot at “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” at Disneyland.
Shall we expect some Transatlantic giant to step across the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Africa and Asia combined could not by force make a track on the Blue Ridge nor take a drink from the Ohio River, not in a trial of a thousand years. If destruction be our lot, then we ourselves must be its author, and its finisher. It cannot come from abroad. As a nation of free men, we must live forever — or die by suicide.