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I just received my copy of the handsome new book The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom, published by Lexington Books and edited by Roger Bissell, Chris Sciabarra, and Ed Younkins, which is part of the “Capitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics” series (available on Amazon).

This anthology includes my contribution in Chapter 5: “Dialogical Arguments for Libertarian Rights,” based on my article “New Rationalist Directions in Libertarian Rights Theory,” Journal of Libertarian Studies 12:2 (Fall 1996), updated including material drawn from other work:

From editor Chris Sciabarra’s previous post:

It is my distinct honor—and pleasure—to formally announce a forthcoming book: The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom, a trailblazing collection of essays by a diverse group of scholars, coming from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. The anthology has been coedited by Roger E. Bissell, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, and Edward W. Younkins. It is slated for publication by Lexington Books in June 2019 and it is sure to be a provocative read for anyone interested in liberty and the contexts that nourish—or undermine—it.

Dialectics of Liberty--Kinsella copy

Dialectics of Liberty–Kinsella copy

Readers can find the book’s home page here (which is redirected from both Dialectics of Liberty.com and Dialectics and Liberty.com). As we state on our abstracts page:

“These essays explore ways that liberty can be better defended using a dialectical approach, a mode of analysis that grasps the full context of philosophical, cultural, and social factors requisite to the sustenance of human freedom. The contributors represent a variety of disciplines and perspectives who apply explicitly dialectical tools to a classical liberal / libertarian analysis of social and cultural issues. By conjoining a dialectical method, typically associated with the socialist left, to a defense of individual liberty, typically associated with the libertarian right, this anthology challenges contemporary attitudes on both ends of the political spectrum.Abstracts for all the articles that are included in the anthology can be found here and contributor biographies can be found here.”

Sciabarra and Dialectics of LIberty

Chris Sciabarra, editor

I discussed this previously at The Dialectics of Liberty: A New Anthology is On The Way! and The Dialectics of Liberty (2020). See also Chris Sciabarra’s post, It Arrived! And here is the Table of Contents/Abstracts and Contributor Biographies.

Below is the text of the final file submitted before publication; some minor edits may have taken place after this point, so this version may deviate slightly from the version as published. I’ll proof and revise this later if necessary, and eventually post a PDF of the published chapter.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 268.

I was a guest on Episode 39 of the excellent podcast The Bob Murphy Show, discussing “Law Without the State, and the Illegitimacy of IP (Intellectual Property)”. A few people have told me this particular discussion of IP was one of my best–thorough and systematic. No doubt aided by Bob’s excellent prompting, questions, and guidance.

Bob and I had planned to also discuss argumentation ethics, but the discussion of IP ran longer than we expected so we’ll save AE for next time.

From Bob’s show notes:

Bob talks with Stephan Kinsella about the basis of libertarian law, and how we could have justice without a coercive State. They then discuss Stephan’s pathbreaking work making the case that property must be in tangible things, rendering “intellectual property” an incoherent and dangerous concept.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 267.

I was a guest today on Sal Mayweather’s “The Agora” podcast, ep. 48 (Soundcloud version below). From his shownotes:

We discussed Craig’s copyright application of the Bitcoin White Paper and whether they lend any credence to his claim of being Satoshi Nakamoto. Does a copyright application imply that CSW is actually Satoshi? Stephan also breaks down some of the torts Craig has filed against against various individuals who have said he isn’t Satoshi and/or referred to him as a fraud. Can he use the courts to force individuals to recognize him as Satoshi?

This is a great opportunity to learn the standard libertarian position on IP, the difference between a copyright and a patent & how it all applies to current crypto-community from the world’s leading expert!


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 266.

This is my appearance in Episode 36 of the Did You Know Crypto Podcast, with host Dustin. We talked “about the possibility of using patents as an attack vector on Bitcoin.” As Dustin summarized in his show notes:

Stephan and I talk about…

  • What is a Patent?
  • Differences in EU/US & China
  • Why is it so “hallowed”
  • Open Source Software and patents
  • What is a “Patent Troll”
  • Craig Wright’s patents
  • Can Bitcoin developers be sued?



My article “What Libertarianism Is” was previously translated (by Lacombi Lauss) into (Brazlian) Portuguese as “O que é libertarianismo.”

Now a new translation, in Portugal Portuguese, by Carlos Novais, appears, with an introductory note, in a new book on libertarianism, Liberais À Solta!.


French Translation of Against Intellectual Property

Contre la Propriété Intellectuelle, a French translation of my  Against Intellectual Property, translated by Daivy Merlijs and Stéphane Geyres, is now available.

According to the translator, the previous French translation available was not complete. The present translation is complete and also has updated the dead URLs as footnotes using Wayback Machine.

Here are PDF, mobi, epub, and Word versions.

My gratitude toward the translators and publisher.

Vive la France and Vive la liberté!


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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 265.

This is my conversation with Jordan Head, who expressed some disagreement or confusion about my Against IP book on a Twitter thread; I offered to discuss with him, as I often do, and he took me up on it and consented to my recording it and posting it. His main hangup was my emphasis on “scarcity” and so he was thinking time was a scarce resource, so it’s being “stolen” if others copy your products, etc. I think we made good progress. We briefly discussed a few unrelated issues, like Bitcoin maximalism.




Łukasz Dominiak has just published what looks to be an interesting paper, “The Problem of Axiomatic Status of the Self-Ownership Principled in the Libertarian Political Philosophy“. I say “looks to be” as it is in Polish. The English Abstract is below. I have included a link to this paper in my “Argumentation Ethics and Liberty: A Concise Guide” (2011) and Supplemental Resources.


The subject-matter of the present paper is one of the fundamental theoretical bases of the libertarian political philosophy: the principle of self-ownership. Th e research problem of the paper is the following question: Is the self-ownership principle an axiom? The research method employed in the paper is the method of disputatio. Based on the conducted research, the paper proposes the affirmative thesis: the self-ownership principle is an axiom. The paper presents a conceptual framework that distinguishes between self-possession, selfownership, and the justifi cation of the latter. It also develops a line of argument which demonstrates that although prima facie only the self-possession is an axiom, self-possession necessarily implies selfownership, granting thereby the axiomatic status to the latter too.

Keywords: libertarianism, self-ownership, selfpossession, axiom, argumentation ethics, natural rights, natural law


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