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The US Constitution says The Congress shall have Power:
"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;"

"promote the Progress" and "supporting" seem similar to me. The point I was trying to make was that as far back as 1788 science was seen as important for progress.


Yes, the Constitution gives the government permission to do a certain thing - "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts".

But it doesn't say "by any means Congress feels like." It specifies a means - "by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." In other words, patents and copyrights.

A government grant is not a patent or a copyright. Hiring researchers, writers, inventors, etc. on the government payroll is not a patent or copyright.

Which do you prefer: the Enlightenment or the Dark Ages? Since you are posting using a computer, I am guessing you are fine with scientific progress.

False dichotomy. Do you have any rational arguments to offer instead?
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