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[Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 253.


I spoke today on “A Libertarian’s Case Against Intellectual Property,” at the Federalist Society, University of Berkeley-California. It was well-organized and there was a perceptive and interesting critical commentary by Professor Talha Syed.

This is the audio I recorded on my iPhone; video below; line-mic’d audio here.

My speaking notes pasted below.



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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 252.

This is my appearance on the Death to Tyrants Podcast, Episode 33: Human Rights, Property Rights and Copyrights with Stephan Kinsella (Facebook post), released Oct. 1, 2018, with host Buck Johnson. From the Shownotes:

One of my favorite interviews to date. We get into rights, property, self ownership and the philosophy behind these things. We then move into “intellectual property” and the case against copyright and patents.

This week I feature my interview with the brilliant Stephan Kinsella. We discuss the nature of rights as libertarians view them. We get into property rights, human rights, self  ownership and why there is really no such thing as intellectual property. Stephan makes a strong case against copyrights and patents. Stephan’s body of work can be found here: http://www.stephankinsella.com and here: http://c4sif.org Find us online at www.facebook.com/deathtotyrantspodcast  Follow me on Twitter @buckrebel


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 251.

This is my appearance on Creative Juice, by Indepreneur, Episode66: EP66: The Shocking Case For Abolishing Copyright Laws w/ Patent Attorney Stephan Kinsella, Sep 28, 2018, with host Kyle Lemaire. We talked about a variety of matters, from the nature of property rights, Rothbard’s view that all human rights are property rights, Locke’s labor theory of property and the Marxian labor theory of value, the history and general nature of IP rights and why IP rights are incompatible with other property rights. This was a very fast-talking, dense episode with a lot of lecturing and talking from my end, but I think we covered a lot of ground, from the foundations of law and property rights to IP law.

Their shownotes:

Since its beginning, the music industry has been under heavy government regulation: copyright laws control much of the economy of the music business. Today, there are many voices on the frontline arguing for the abolishment of all intellectual property, including copyright laws…

Stephan Kinsella is a Patent Attorney and advocate for IP Abolishment. On this episode of Creative Juice, Circa sits down with Stephan to discuss the little-known argument against intellectual property and how it may actually be harming independent artists and creatives.

“This is one of my favorite episodes of Creative Juice to date – I highly advise that you learn about this topic and take part in the discussion surrounding these laws. I believe this is one of the most important things to examine in our industry!” – Kyle “Circa” Lemaire


KOL250 | International Law Through a Libertarian Lens (PFS 2018)


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 250.

This is the audio of my presentation to the 2018 PFS meeting on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Powerpoint slides embedded below. Higher quality video and youtube to follow in due course.

Related material: see material linked in the above slides, including:




Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 249.

My appearance on Max Hillebrand’s World Crypto Network show yesterday.

Other notes:


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 248.

TEMP: http://traffic.libsyn.com/livera/SLP15_-_Stephan_Kinsella.mp3

From my recent appearance on Stephan Livera’s bitcoin-focused podcast.

SLP15 – Intellectual Property, Bitcoin, and Internet Censorship, with Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella, Intellectual Property lawyer, and libertarian advocate joins me in this episode to discuss:
  • His story with bitcoin
  • Money as Sui Generis Good
  • The imprecise application of Lockean property theory
  • Why you can’t own bitcoin, but it probably doesn’t make a big difference anyway
  • The harmful effects of patents and copyright
  • ‘Internet Censorship’ as it relates to property rights and ownership of private social media platforms

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I really enjoyed this conversation with Stephan Kinsella, and I hope you enjoy listening to it. If you get value out of this episode, please remember to share it on your social media as that really helps expand my reach. Thanks guys.


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 247.

On a recent episode [July 29, 2018] of Free Talk Live, Ian and Mark discuss their disagreement over Mark’s filing a DMCA (copyright) takedown of a critical YouTube video. I called in to discuss this issue and intellectual property with Mark for the July 31 episode. For the full episode, go here. The excerpt with my portion is included here.

I’ve discussed IP and other libertarian issues on FTL before:

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Kinsella’s Sixth Epiphany: Means and Knowledge

I’m here in Positano, at the beautiful Villa TreVille, on the last leg of the longest vacation of my life so far (July 1-20: Venice, Capri, Positano, Berlin). And this morning, here in Positano, walking down the steps from our room to the terrace to lounge, I had my sixth epiphany. Or so.

First, there were two fairly minor and personal ephanies.

1. Hell/Jesus/Religion: First: at age 15 or so when riding the Gravely tractor/lawnmower, mowing our 3-4 acre tract. As a pretty devout Catholic schoolboy and former altar boy, I was thinking hard about religion and the world around this time. It had already occurred to me that if God condemns you to eternal damnation as punishment for some sins committed while mortal, this can’t be just. An infinite punishment is disproportionate for a finite amount of crime. So, I reasoned, there cannot be hell. Therefore not evertyhing the Catholics teach is right. So what else might be false? Then I dared to question the idea of Jesus, and of God, and it all crumbled. My epiphany was in the realization that I could dare not only to question Hell but the whole Catholic story about Jesus. [click to continue…]


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