"I know that what we’re doing flies in the face of the Kickstarter Amanda-Palmer-Start-a-Revolution thing, which is fine for her, but I’m not super-comfortable with the idea of Ziggy Stardust shaking his cup for scraps. I’m not saying offering things for free or pay-what-you-can is wrong. I’m saying my personal feeling is that my album’s not a dime. It’s not a buck. I made it as well as I could, and it costs 10 bucks, or go fuck yourself."
It is an old remark, that all arts and sciences have a mutual dependence upon each other. Thus men, very different in genius and pursuits, become mutually subservient to each other; and a very useful kind of commerce is established, by which the old arts are improved, and new ones daily invented, and the knowledge of nature is continually advanced, and brought nearer to perfection.
William Brownrigg, The Art of Making Common Salt, As Now Practised in Most Parts of the World (1748)