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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 278.

I was a guest on Episode 79 of The Bob Murphy Show, entitled “Stephan Kinsella and Bob Murphy Debate Hans Hoppe’s “Argumentation Ethics”. Back in June we discussed IP and related issues [KOL268 | Bob Murphy Show: Law Without the State, and the Illegitimacy of IP]. We had intended to discuss argumentation ethics but ran out of time. So we did it in this episode. I think it turned out very well. [continue reading…]

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 277.

I participated in a debate sponsored by America’s Future Foundation-Phoenix this past Thursday, Nov. 14, against local patent attorney Maria Crimi Speth. This is the audio from my iPhone. Probably inferior. I’ll release better quality media if it becomes available later.

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KOL276 | La Sierra University: Abolish Intellectual Property Law

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 276.

This is my speech delivered for the Troesh Talk, part of the Business Colloquium course, at the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University Nov. 12, 2019. I was invited by Associate Dean Gary Chartier, who runs the Colloquium. The audience consisted mainly of business and grad students.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 275.

This is my appearance in Episode 54 of the Did You Know Crypto Podcast, with host Dustin Dreifuerst. We talked about ownership of bitcoin and related issues.  As Dustin summarized in his show notes:

Stephan and I talk about…

  • Ownership, Control & Property as Legal concepts
  • Why you cant actually “own” Bitcoin
  • How Bitcoin is about secrets not property
  • Ownership is a state augmentation
  • Why this isn’t an attack on Bitcoin

(I previously appeared on this podcast: KOL266 | Did You Know Crypto Podcast, Ep. 36: Bitcoin Patent Trolling.)

For more information see this episode and related show notes: KOL274 | Nobody Owns Bitcoin (PFS 2019).

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 274.

This is my presentation to the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Powerpoint slides embedded below. Youtube embedded below.

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KOL273 | Peter Quinones Interview on Argumentation Ethics

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 273.

This is my appearance as a guest on Episode 302: “Stephan Kinsella Explains Hoppe’s Argumentation Ethics“, of the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast, by host Pete Quinones (formerly known as “Mance Rayder”), hosted by The Libertarian Institute. From his shownotes:

Many libertarian/anarchists have heard of the concept of Argumentation Ethics as developed by Hans-Hermann Hoppe but have never looked to see what it’s all about.

Stephan Kinsella has studied AEs, applied it to his own work and even developed the thought process further. Here, he gives a lengthy explanation that can serve as your doorway into the subject.

Stephan is an attorney in Houston, director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, and editor of Libertarian Papers.

The A Priori of Argumentation

Longer Hoppe Video 

Stephan’s Website

A Concise Guide to Argumentation Ethics

Indiegogo for The Monopoly on Violence

Pete’s Patreon

Pete’s Bitbacker

See also:

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 272.

This is my appearance on the Ernie Hancock “Declare your Independence” show for Aug. 21 (Hour 2).  We discussed defamation law and reputation rights, and some related matters.

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J. Neil Schulman, R.I.P.

A longtime friend and stalwart of the libertarian movement, J. Neil Schulman, has passed (born April 16, 1953, died Aug. 10, 2019), according to libertarian Tom Knapp. I’ve been writing too many of these obituaries of libertarian luminary friends lately.1

I read Neil’s libertarian sci-fi novels Alongside Night and The Rainbow Cadenza in college and law school. Neil was a decade older than me, but we somehow encountered each other, even before the Internet took full flower. In the late 1980s/early 90s we were on some fora together, such as the GEnie Science Fiction and Fantasy RoundTable, one of the early precursors to the Internet. I devoured his The Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana and even did a little review of it on the GEnie forum, which Neil appreciated and used for blurbs later on (he was never shy about that).2

We gradually become friends, via emails, phone calls, etc., though as I adopted an anti-intellectual property position at odds with Neil’s “logorights” theory, we started disagreeing substantively, at least on this issue, though we both remained fellow anarcho-libertarians.3 I had the pleasure to finally meet Neil in person at Libertopia in San Diego in 2012.4 He was physically frail even then; I recall that it took him almost 20 minutes to slowly ascend the stairs to the second floor of one building–my own talk against IP, if I recall, so he could sit in the back and lob criticisms during the Q&A–and I offered to help him up the stairs. He would not allow it, but did consent to my carrying his briefcase up the stairs for him to meet him at the top.

We stayed friends over the years and talked for many hours on the phone, many, many times.  Often I would muse that “I should have recorded this conversation.” He would chuckle and carry on. We did do a podcast together, one time,5 and, at his request, I agreed to write the “introduction” to one of his arguments for his ever-evolving version of IP (a term he often scorned). He was broad-minded enough to allow one of his opponents to write the introduction for his own work. That takes some balls, and integrity, and courage, and a bit of a sense of humor.6

A few months ago we talked several hours into the night, and I probed him in depth about his history: his childhood, his parents, his education, his early adulthood and profession and novels, and how he came to be where he was. He was self-honest and perceptive, and spoke on and on. It was a fascinating story. Several times I implored him: Neil, go ahead and admit you were wrong on IP, before it’s too late! Do it! You could do so much good, have a huge effect on this issue, given your pro-IP prominence. Now’s your chance! He would chuckle, change the subject–and carry on.

From my experience, Neil was a smart man, a decent man, and a good libertarian. He made some personal mistakes, like most of us do, and I don’t think he always very “practical” in life; in that way, he was very much the driven intellectual libertarian. Till the end, he was trying to find ways to monetize his various creative works, against all odds. I argued with him many hours when he had financial troubles, trying to exhort him to just get a normal job to pay the bills; ever the optimist, he thought a big payday might be just around the corner.

His health was an obvious issue, and it apparently finally caught up with him. My understanding is that Neil suffered a pulmonary embolism resulting in cardiac arrest, then multiple organ failure. He was in the hospital a couple days, with a low chance of survival, and that played out. Neil was a sweet and earnest soul, gentle and sincere and fervent, and a strong, strong believer in liberty, and truth, and justice. He made his mark on the libertarian movement, foremost and especially with his novel Alongside Night. I am honored and pleased I was able to know him and learn from him, and will miss him. Requiescet in pace, my friend.

Update: Other obituaries/remembrances:

  1. Justin Raimondo, R.I.P. (2019); Norman Stone (2019), Anthony de Jasay (2019), Ralph Raico (2016); Tibor Machan (2016). []
  2. See Book Review of Schulman, The Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana (1991). []
  3.  Replies to Neil Schulman and Neil Smith re IP; Reply to Schulman on the State, IP, and Carson; On J. Neil Schulman’s Logorights; Schulman: “If you copy my novel, I’ll kill you”; Schulman: Kinsella is “the foremost enemy of property rights”; Query for Schulman on Patents and Logorights; Kinsella v. Schulman on Logorights and IP. []
  4. KOL236 | Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP (Libertopia 2012). []
  5. KOL208 | Conversation with Schulman about Logorights and Media-Carried Property . []
  6. “Introduction” to J. Neil Schulman’s Origitent: Why Original Content is Property. []
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