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It's not as productive as it could be if people were instead engaged in the commercial activities of investing in intellectual property.

Financial assets and intellectual property are not something I can teach you in a comment box. I recommend reading these two books and then we can start the conversation back up again.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mystery-Capital-Capitalism-Everywh...

http://www.amazon.com/Praise-Commercial-Culture-Tyler-Cowen/...

Tyler Cowen and Hernando de Soto are two economists that are held in incredibly high regard and have done a wonderful job explaining the core concepts of both what constitutes finance and how it applies to intellectual creativity in a market economy.

Cue the knee-jerk rebuttal in 3... 2... 1...

"But the internet changed everything!"

Uh huh, ok, sure, whatever you say... yawn

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