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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 195.

This is my appearance on theThe 21st Century Anarchist Podcast Ep. 038: IP with Stephan Kinsella, with host Hermann Morris.


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 194.

This is an impromptu discussion with my wonderful parents, Norman and Patsy Kinsella, who live in Prairieville, Louisiana. We did this a couple days ago, Oct. 1, on my 50th birthday. As sometimes happens in October in Louisiana, the weather starts getting nice around that time, and so we were sitting outside on the porch and when my dad got out his ballot to vote by mail in an upcoming election, I whipped out my iPhone and did a quick interview with them about politics that I thought might be of interest to some of my followers.

(N.b.: For those interested in more details on related matters, see How I Became A Libertarian (2002), later published as “Being a Libertarian” in I Chose Liberty: Autobiographies of Contemporary Libertarians.)


“What Libertarianism Is” in Portugese

My article “What Libertarianism Is” (one of my personal favorites and I think one of my most important) has been translated into Portuguese, by Lacombi Laus: O Que é Libertarianism (29 Sept. 2015). Other translations of this and other works (into fourteen languages so far) here.


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 193.

This is my appearance on Albert Lu’s “The Economy” podcast. This is part 3 of 3. We discussed property rights, bitcoin ownership, intellectual property, and related matters.

See also: KOL085 | The History, Meaning, and Future of Legal Tender

Full video of all three parts below.


Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 192.

This is my appearance on Albert Lu’s “The Economy” podcast, Episode 2015-9-23. This is part 2 of 3. From Albert Lu’s description:

Your host Albert continues the discussion with patent attorney Stephan Kinsella. In the second of a three-part interview, they discuss the concept of “ownership”.

Topics Covered
  • The entire world is made of hardware and owned by someone
  • Fiat money is similar to Bitcoin
  • How property rights arise
  • de facto vs. de jure ownership
  • What is a “good”?

Part 1 is here: KOL191 | The Economy with Albert Lu: Can You Own Bitcoin? (1/3).

Part 3 will follow in due course.

Full video of all 3 parts here:

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Just found this old letter I had published in the ABA’s Young Lawyer division magazine, Barrister (now Young Lawyer), from 1996. I was reminded when I saw this scan of nancy 1996 from a fellow lawyer about it (to right). Coincidentally, I met and became friends years later with Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez through my involvement with the MultiLaw group.

For a related letter, see my post about “The Enlightened Bar.”

Stephan Kinsella, Esq.
66 Bridle Way · Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073 · USA
(215) 751-2157 (work) · (215) 972-7362 (fax) · (610) 325-3360 (home) · kinsella@shsl.com (internet)

January 11, 1996

Diana L. Moro, Editor-in-Chief
Barrister Magazine
Young Lawyers Division
American Bar Association
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Re:       Letter to editor in response to Raquel Rodriguez’s “Chairperson’s Column” in the Winter 1996 issue of Barrister Magazine

Dear Ms. Moro:

Please consider the following for publication as a letter-to-the-editor in Barrister Magazine.

Raquel A. Rodriguez suggests, in her Winter 1996 “Chairperson’s Column,” that lawyers should support federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides legal services to the poor. Ms. Rodriguez states that this “is not a partisan issue” and implies that all reasonable attorneys “agree on the importance of keeping LSC alive.”

Ms. Rodriguez has a right to her own opinion concerning LSC, but so do others who oppose LSC. I reject her attempt to paint anyone opposing LSC as being outside the mainstream and as therefore wrong. If it is reasonable for Ms. Rodriguez and others to support forced “charity,” despite America’s strong individualist, anti-statist origins, then certainly attorneys that still adhere to the classical liberal wisdom of the Founders can also reasonably oppose socialist policies. Lawyers having a principled opposition to statism and institutionalized aggression against property rights should not be excluded from the realm of reasonable discourse, especially not in the land that gave birth to the Declaration of Independence.

What Ms. Rodriguez is recommending is that attorneys urge Congress to enact laws to forcibly take the property of citizens and redistribute this confiscated property to others. To some this smacks of mob rule and organized theft, which is certainly not something that a supporter of the rule of law should encourage.

And in addition to the ethical (de)merits of programs like the LSC, I am unable to find authority in the U.S. Constitution for Congress to create or fund the LSC. The LSC is clearly unconstitutional, whether one likes it or not, whether the Supreme Court recognizes this or not. As lawyers, and, indeed, as citizens, we have a moral and civic duty to support and defend the Constitution. Indeed, lawyers take a solemn oath to support the Constitution. This duty seems completely forgotten by many lawyers today who agitate for blatantly unconstitutional laws. I would urge that attorneys keep in mind their Constitutional responsibilities and not advocate organized theft or other unconstitutional laws. Far better to encourage respect for individual rights and for the Constitution.

Very truly yours,

Stephan Kinsella



Kinsella Clan Keeps Growing

No no, we’re done having kids. None of this prepper “have a ton of kids” stuff.

Kinsella is for me an interesting name to have inherited (literally, as I’m adopted). It’s not too weird, hard to spell, or ethnic, yet not too common here in the US. Every now and then someone says “say, Kinsella, as in Ray Kinsella, from Field of Dreams“? Yep. Or Sophie Kinsella of Confessions of a Shopaholic—? Yep, but hers is a ‘nym. There’s WP Kinsella, related somehow to that baseball lore of Field of Dreams fame. I can’t keep it straight.

As far as I can tell the Kinsellas came from some county in Ireland. When I visited Ireland as a law student I did see Kinsella sometimes, so it’s more common there than in the US. Apparently it’s rooted in some gaelic thing like “Cinnsealach” or something hard to remember and to care about. Apparently the “same” as Tinsley or Kinsley or Kinsel. Whatever that means—to be “the same”. But apparently they all mean “unclean head.” That’s right, I’m a “dirty-head”.

Since people are stupid they can’t tell the difference between Stephen, Steven, Stefan, and Stephan. And Steffen and Steffond, and so on. So over the years, well, there are enough Kinsellas so that there are some Stephens out there. No Stephans as far as I can tell, but people are too stupid too tell the difference. After all, a and e used to be the same letter, hence the dipthong æ. Or something.

So as my career progressed as did my notoriety in free market/libertarian circles, and on the Internet, occasionally I became aware of a couple of other Kinsellas who were similarly-named: a couple of Stephens. Not Stephan but close enough for regular people to think it’s the same. One is an antitrust (competition) lawyer in Europe, Stephen Kinsella. Another is an economic journalist in Ireland. We’ve talked from time to time. Sometimes we get each other’s emails. We help each other out.

The Irish Economist one, Stephen Kinsella, occasionally receives emails meant for me [stephen.kinsella@ul.ie; Stephen Kinsella, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Limerick, Ireland; see e.g. his bitcoin comment here]. Why? Because people can’t tell e from a. He got one meant for me from Southwest Airlines last year about one of my flights, and helpfully sent it to me. And just a few months ago he received a paper from an anarchist from PorcFest meant for me, but sent to him by accident, which he sent on to me. And he told me: “I’m the Irish economist one. The Irish journalist one was actually one of my students, just to make it more confusing.”

And there is another guy, Nate Kinsella, I think he’s some kind of artist in New York, who gets my emails occasionally, since his is nkinsella@ gmail and mine is nskinsella@gmail, and he graciously forwards them on to me. He’s helped a brother out a few times.

I mean, look, I have this haunting feeling I am the only libertarian Kinsella. Let’s not be fooled by similar surnames. After all, my original surname was Doiron. So… I mean come on. If my brother, sister, and parents are not libertarian, why should these Euro-Kinsellas be? However, I will say my wife and son are pretty damn libertarian. At least I have some influence over them.

Anyway the latest entrant into the Kinsellaverse: someone named Eileen Kinsella, reporting on some copyright-related lawsuit in Australia.

I have half-a-mind to wrangle some of these Kinsellas into a libertarian-themed podcast interview just to see what a disaster it might be.


KOL191 | The Economy with Albert Lu: Can You Own Bitcoin? (1/3)

Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 191.

This is my appearance on Albert Lu’s “The Economy” podcast. This is part 1 of 3. We discussed property rights, bitcoin ownership, intellectual property, and related matters.

Parts 2 and 3 to follow in due course.

And, from a note from Lu:

Audio download (3 parts)

Video below:


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