Re: Memes Meta-Memes and Politics 1 of 3 (1988, updates 2002)

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    In a message dated 2/10/2002 11:23:12 AM Central Standard Time, Keith Henson
    <> writes:

    > But a good fraction of the memes that make up human culture fall into
    > the categories of political, philosophical, or religious. A rationale
    > for the spread and persistence for these memes is a much deeper problem.
    > The spread of some memes of these classes at the expense of others is of
    > intense concern to many readers of Reason. If we are to be effective at
    > [This article was originally written for Reason, a Libertarian magazine.
    > few years earlier I wrote Star Laws for them. Between the time I talked
    > the editor about it and the time I sent the article in, there was a change
    > in management and the article was rejected. ("Star Laws Arel" will find
    > this article in Google Groups if you want to read it.)]

    Hi Keith.

    I don't know if this is beyond Reason, but the next time you send an article
    to a Libertarian magazine, you might try a title such as "Memes, Meta-Memes,
    and Markets." I heard about the furor that your article caused with the new
    editors at Reason. When Thought Contagion came out, it got scathing and
    inaccurate reviews from Libertarian activists writing in three magazines! The
    magazines were Reason, Liberty, and Free Inquiry. The latter is not a
    Libertarian magazine, but the reviewer Thomas Flynn was a Libertarian
    activist. I believe it was someone at Reason who told me that they still
    remembered your rejected article 10 years later!

    --Aaron Lynch

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