You seem quite dense. The "objective" is the purpose. The "means" is not the objective.
Yes, I'm aware of what all those words mean, and that's how I was using them.
I think my point was that it's ("we do <means> to achieve <objective>"), not the other way around. The objective of the system is to promote science and arts, not make people rich.
And the problem isn't that we're not doing the means, it's that we're doing it too much--too much protection such that it never *stops* being protected, which kills the whole objective to which lip service is being paid.
I've read this over so many times I'm not sure whether we're arguing anymore.