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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 230.

This is my own audio recording of my debate on IP at the Yale Political Union (Facebook) on Tues., Dec. 5, 2017. My opponent was attorney Candice Cook. My initial argument begins at 0:04:40, followed by some Q&A, and my closing argument begins at 1:42:20. I can’t say I recommend listening to the comments of others, as none of my arguments were really addressed and the arguments given are pretty incoherent—the arguments for IP were rooted in confused utilitarianism and even the arguments against IP were mostly rooted in anti-property socialistic assumptions.

As expected, I lost the debate, by vote of the students, by a vote of about 2:1. Admittedly, it doesn’t sound too bad to get 1/3, when not even all libertarians have the right view on IP, but it’s worse than that: many of those who voted with me voted against IP for socialistic, anti-property reasons. Everyone is so confused about this topic. I knew this would be the case, I knew it would basically impossible, hopeless, to persuade mainstream left-socialistic types in a short talk of a radical position that rests upon having a sound view of property rights.

So I went ahead, giving up hope on the audience, and laid out a systematic argument against IP based the nature of human action, human interaction, and property rights. A systematic, if compressed, argument, that could possibly resonate with some open-minded people someday listening to the recording via this podcast.  Thus, my initial presentation was a very condensed (15-20 minutes) but very fundamental explanation of the nature of property rights and why intellectual property is totally incompatible with property rights. Even though I knew it would be a hard sell with Yale undergrads.

As can be heard from the “hissing” (their version of booing) whenever anything pro-private-property or capitalistic was mentioned, and from the comments of some of the student political group leaders, there was a good deal of explicit Marxism and socialism among the student. But it was fun nonetheless and they were very civil and respectful.

Video of the debate available here and embedded below.

(I spoke on IP before a smaller student group back in 2014—see KOL151 | Yale Speech: Balancing Intellectual Property Rights and Civil Liberties: A Libertarian Perspective.)

 

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The Dialectics of Liberty (2020)

I’ve been invited to contribute to a proposed new book, The Dialectics of Liberty, to be co-edited by Chris Sciabarra, Ed Younkins, and Roger Bissell, for possible publication by Lexington Books in 2019–20. My chapter will likely be based on my article “New Rationalist Directions in Libertarian Rights Theory,” 12:2 Journal of Libertarian Studies: 313–26 (Fall 1996), updated including material drawn from other material:

Updates to follow in due course.

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KOL229 | Ernie Hancock Show: IP Debate with Alan Korwin

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 229.

This is my appearance on the Ernie Hancock “Declare your Independence” show for Nov. 3, hours 2 and 3. There is a “debate”—more of a discussion really—with libertarian-ish gun-rights author Alan Korwin in the first segment.

Some of Ernie’s shownotes are pasted below, plus the Vimeo video versions of hours 2 and 3 are embedded below.

 

 

 

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KOL228 | Argumentation Ethics – Lions of Liberty

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 228.

This is my appearance on Lions of Liberty, Episode 318, with host Marc Clair. We discussed Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s “argumentation ethics” defense of libertarian rights, and related issues.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 227.

This is my appearance on Voluntary Japan Live! with host Graham Smith. We talked about ownership of thoughts, the basics of libertarian property rights and terms like ownership, mind, brain, causation, action, property, and so on, intellectual property, the nature of contracts, and, of course, the dreaded “toy helicopter” controversy!

(Brent Ancap had another post about this with additional links and with an excerpt of the video dealing only with the toy helicopter part here; video here.)

 

From the VJ Live! shownotes on Youtube:

Streamed live 4 hours ago

Libertarian IP lawyer and writer for Mises.com Stephan Kinsella joins the show tonight for a discussion on IP, ownership, and the difficult topic of the very nature of property, itself.

Tonight’s talk promises to be lively one, as Stephan and I do not seem to see eye-to-eye on every issue.

There are many things that, I think, ought to be ironed out regarding libertarian attitudes toward IP, and the all-too-common knee jerk reactions of anarchists against things even as legitimate as voluntary terms of use contracts.

Which contracts, for the record, Mr. Kinsella has stated, are indeed legitimate, if unlikely to be entered into.

JOIN THE LIVE CHAT WITH YOUR QUESTIONS! SEE YOU SOON!

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Anarchyball Thread Post:

https://www.facebook.com/Anarchyball/…

“Information is not ownable. Information should not be property.”

~Stephan Kinsella debates Chris LeRoux, 22:07

https://youtu.be/wgJOeWU1Bek

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“Argumentation Ethics, Estoppel, and Libertarian Rights” Presentation (Moscow. Nov. 2, 2014)
http://www.stephankinsella.com/2014/1…

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Mises Wire: The relation between the non-aggression principle and property rights: a response to Division by Zer0

https://mises.org/blog/relation-betwe…

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Patterson in Pursuit Podcast:

https://youtu.be/M22mq4vA4Ew

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 226.

This is a short interview I did while at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society, for Grosse Freiheit TV. Video embedded below. I think this is perhaps not my best performance, but some may find it of interest.

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KOL225 | Reflections on the Theory of Contract (PFS 2017)

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 225.

This is my speech delivered earlier today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society. Video embedded below. Slides used embedded below (or can be downloaded).

The subsequent Q&A session for our panel is also embedded below (but not included in the audio RSS stream on this podcast feed).

 

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 224.

I was a guest on the Tom Woods show, Episode 998, today, discussing the work and theories of Hans-Hermann Hoppe. More–

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