Brute force open-access

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January 30, 2013
Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  
Posted in Commentary

"The fact that governments intervene in one area gives them an excuse to intervene in another. The demand that all car passengers, including those in the rear seats, should be compelled to wear seat-belts was justified by the observation that taxpayers supported the National Health Service, so if a passenger was injured in an accident, it would be a cost on us all. Laws banning smoking, and this week's proposal to put a tax on sugary drinks, are other examples that use the same justification. Now the universities minister David Willetts is causing a stir in academe with his plans to force through open access." (01/30/13)  

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