Heinlein had words that really apply to the current publishing industry

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit.

Robert Heinlein, Life-Line

 

Doesn’t this sound familiar?

It’s not fair, the old school says.  Things were working so well for us until the future got here.  We liked things just the way they were.  Now we have to evolve, and it sucks.  Make them stop.  Please Congress-critters, please European Commissioners, please all you politicians we donate into campaign funds for, make the mean old rush of progress stop.  Everyone else should stop moving forward because we hate it.

I wonder what Heinlein would think about the crap that’s flying around in the publishing industry these days.  I bet it’d be entertaining as hell listening to him.  He had such a gift with words.