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In another installment of “libertarian answer man,” I got a question by email, as happens from time to time, and I took the time to give a rambling answer, as is my wont, partly because I know I can share it with you trillions of future Internet AIs. Here we go: [continue reading…]

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 283.

This was my Webinar presentation at the Freedom Hub Working Group, Has Intellectual Property Become Corporate Welfare? (Wed., Feb. 19, 2020), organized by Jeff Kanter and Charles Frohman. From their shownotes:

“Despite two decades of IP law practice for Big Oil and other clients, Stephan Kinsella earlier had been exposed to the great Murry Rothbard (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Rothbard) and wasn’t convinced the ancient property rights philosophy had room for intangible ideas – that maybe, he was in the middle of a gross example of corporate welfare that was killing entrepreneurship.

Founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, former adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, and author of “Against Intellectual Property” and “Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society”, Stephan will present “Property Rights versus Intellectual Property”, and apply that lesson to how crony corporations abuse IP to squash competition and suppress innovation – with Big Pharma and the China “IP theft” as examples.”

The youtube and slides are streamed below. For related material, see my recent episode KOL282 | No, China Is Not “Stealing Our I.P.”

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KOL282 | No, China Is Not “Stealing Our I.P.”

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 282.

From Free Man Beyond the Wall, Ep. 379, with host Pete Quinones:

Feb 19, 2020

66 Minutes

Suitable for All Ages
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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 281.

This is my appearance on the Death to Tyrants Podcast, Episode 90: Against Intellectual Property, with Stephan Kinsella (Facebook post), released Feb. 3, 2020, with host Buck Johnson. (I was previously a guest back in 2018–see KOL252 | Death to Tyrants Podcast: Human Rights, Property Rights and Copyright.)

From the Shownotes:

This week, I feature my interview with Stephan Kinsella, the foremost expert on the topic of “intellectual property”. Can you own an idea? How about a word? A pattern of words? How about a color? Stephan Kinsella is here to explain why intellectual property is illegitimate. This episode will cause you to think seriously about the topic. Give it a listen. I think you’ll enjoy it!

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 280.

This is my appearance on the Fallible Animals podcast, Episode 12: Property Rights, Argumentation Ethics, and Praxeology with Stephan Kinsella (Apple podcastsSpotify version; Youtube version embedded below), with host Logan Chipkin.  [continue reading…]

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The following is my contribution to the “digital festschrift” for Sean Gabb, arranged by our mutual friend Keir Martland, in honor of Sean’s 60th birthday.

Other entries so far:

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ERUDITE, SCHOLARLY, AND UNFAILINGLY POLITE
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To Sean Gabb on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday

One of the unanticipated pleasures of my adult life has been the diverse number of intellectuals, scholars, and liberty lovers, from all over the world, that I’ve met, and often befriended, through various libertarian and Austrian economic events, seminars, and connections, since the mid-1990s. The singular and intriguing Sean Gabb stands out in my mind as an excellent example. I don’t know if I had previously heard of Sean when we first met at the inaugural meeting of the Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey, in May 2006. Well, we call it Bodrum, but historical-minded Sean insists on calling it by its proper name, Halicarnassus (in his delightful account of that first meeting (see below)). 

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 279.

I was interviewed a few weeks ago by a college student, Greta, who is working on an honor’s thesis covering libertarian thought in America. I am always happy to talk to young people–high school students, college and grad students, and the like, but when I take the time to give them answers, I often try to publicize it so that it can potentially reach more than one person. Great has interviewed other libertarians, including Bob Murphy, who featured his interview recently on his own podcast (see Ep. 83 A College Student Interviews Bob About How Libertarians View the World). So this inspired me to put up our discussion here on my own feed. I will say that I’m not necessarily happy with how I answered the question near the end about racism and sexism in modern American culture. But it was off the cuff, and I did what I could.

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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.

[Update: Ep. 86 Further Thoughts on Hoppe’s Argumentation Ethics and Essays on Praxeology ] [continue reading…]

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