Should public libraries be allowed?

Having just checked out some books from the Rochester Public Library, I thought how strange it is that an institution like a public library is allowed to exist.

Public libraries are socialistic. Rich people pay taxes in order that the children of poor people can read books for free, which by the lights of Ayn Rand, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement is impermissible tyranny.

Public libraries defy current notions of intellectual property rights.Β  I intend to read some books which maybe dozens or even hundreds of people have read before me, and yet the publisher does not get a dime for any of us except for the original price of the book. Isn’t this the kind of file-sharing that the Millennium Copyright Act was intended to prevent?

Then, too, books can contain dangerous ideas. Who knows what dangerous ideas the public library is allowing to circulate?

I’m sure that if public libraries did not exist, the creation of such institutions would not be allowed today. πŸ™‚

I include the πŸ™‚ because experience as a newspaper reporter has taught me that not everybody in the world understands when I’m kidding.

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