French social philosopher
Gorz, idealogue of innovative leftist thought, pins our current economic woes
solely on our misunderstanding of the radical transformations engendered by
"the knowledge economy." Proposing an overhaul of copyright and
patent law to encourage creative cooperation, Gorz proves himself a utopian to
the end—and a lyrical, inspiring one.
May 20: Blue jeans celebrate their unofficial 140th birthday today, the dry goods merchant Levi Strauss and the tailor Jacob Davis receiving a patent on May 20, 1873 for "a new article of manufacture, a pair of pantaloons having the…