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Thanks for mentioning this Stephan. I'll pick up the March issue. I was kicked off Liberty's subscription (!) list in early 1999 by the late Bill Bradford, in a Rand-like move, even though my subscription had six months to run. So Bradford stole money from me, if not much. I've since bought it at Barnes & Noble. He kicked me off after I complained, very mildly, about his editing of my article on Clinton's fiscal demagoguery. As anyone who read the magazine during his time as editor knows, it was atrociously edited.

I sent an article on IM to Liberty in 2006, but decided that it needed more work. My hard drive then crashed and I've never picked it up, even though I did recover it after some doing. I might come back to it.

I'll admit that, at first, I was against the idea of NPEs "patent trolls" profiting from others' innovations. Certainly, harassment and abuses of the patent system should be curtailed. However, after doing some research, I've come to think that most so-called "trolls" are doing nothing worse than many other companies. Notice that it's generally the large corporations that get incensed about the trolls. Most NPEs don't seem to be any worse than day traders, for instance.

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