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From: Julia Bolton Holloway <holloway.julia AT tiscali.it>
Am seeing an analogy between publishers' monopolizing of scholars' and authors' work for their own exclusive profit, instead of true 'publishing', as like the attitude of Monsanto towards monopolizing seeds and exploiting farmers in debt cycles. Perhaps we need to work not so much for Democracy, which can be so easily manipulated by Corpocracy, as for the Republic, the People's Thing, the Res Publica, As in Florence when the hard-working Guelfs banished the property owning Ghibelline robber barons (who did not work but violently profited from others), and set up instead the Primo Popolo, razing the Ghibellines' towers and building from their stones the city walls of common defense, going on to establish hospitals, ambulance services, orphanages, poverty relief, a granary to feed even the enemy in times of famine, road-building, bridge building, cathedral building. Then the Medici undid the Guelf Republic, building palaces for themselves and fortresses against their own people. The Renaissance really began in the thirteenth century, before the Medici were even heard of, when the Primo Popolo and Secondo Popolo were educating themselves with Cicero's Rhetoric and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. -- Julia Bolton Holloway Mediatheca 'Fioretta Mazzei' 'English' Cemetery P.le Donatello, 38 50132 FIRENZE ITALY -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://www.soros.org/openaccess/forum.shtml?f
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