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Letters from Proxima Thule

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Your remark about locally sourced silk reminded me of something I read once, in a book about the Roman Empire (or maybe about the history of international trade, I forget): The Romans, back in the day, imported silk from China (at least until someone finally smuggled silkworms out of China, heinously violating the intellectual property rights of the Son of Heaven, but I digress). Some Roman entrepreneurs unravelled the silk cloth they had purchased, rewove it in some distinct way, and sold it back to the Chinese, who had no idea they were buying threads that had made a round trip across Asia. Ah, commerce.

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