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KOL334 | On Habeas Data with Sebastian

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 334.

A libertarian named Sebastian is researching the issue of “habeas data” from a libertarian perspective, and wanted to discuss with me. So we did.

This involves issues and questions such as:

  • Proposition: Habeas Data is emerging in some countries as a legal or constitutional writ predicated on a personal autonomy right to one’s personal data.
  • From a libertarian perspective, is this a type of bodily/personal autonomy “property” right?
  • What if the data is held by a public official/state organization and the habeas data remedy is limited to access/correcton/deletion from a public database? Is this libertarian?
  • Is our private data always private vis-a-vis the never claim-of-right of the State?  Is that at odds with a bodily autonomy view of privacy/private property (information) rights?
    • This is of interest as the Latin American/OAS writ is trending toward personal information as a kind of personal (bodily) autonomy right.
  • What is the relation between Habeas Data and Right to Know/Right to Truth in Human Rights Law?
  • How does the notion of Habeas Data relate to the libertarian critique of intellectual property and ownership of information?

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 274-2.

This is the Q&A panel following my talk [KOL274 | Nobody Owns Bitcoin (PFS 2019)] for the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society, Bodrum, Turkey (Sept. 12–17, 2019). For the four panelists’ talks, see the Program, or the PFS 2019 YouTube Playlist.

Transcript below.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 333.

This is my interview by Jeff Tucker (Oct. 9, 2010), which preceded my first presentation of the Mises Academy course “Rethinking Intellectual Property: History, Theory, and Economics” (Nov.-Dec. 2010). For the second presentation in 2011, see KOL172 | “Rethinking Intellectual Property: History, Theory, and Economics: Lecture 1: History and Law” (Mises Academy, 2011).

Transcript below.

Understanding IP: An Interview with Stephan Kinsella, Mises Daily (Oct. 21, 2010)

10/21/2010
Jeffrey A. Tucker
Stephan Kinsella
Jeffrey Tucker:
Stephan Kinsella, it’s a pleasure to have you here today. Welcome.
Stephan Kinsella:
Thank you. It’s good to be here.

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This is a lightly edited transcript of my speech “Correcting Some Common Libertarian Misconceptions,” delivered on May 28, 2011, at the Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society, and podcast previously at KOL044 | “Correcting some Common Libertarian Misconceptions” (PFS 2011). The video and the powerpoint presentation are embedded below.

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Correcting Some Common Libertarian Misconceptions

by Stephan Kinsella

(Transcript of a speech delivered May 28, 2011, at the Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society)

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STEPHAN KINSELLA: Thank you Hans.  Before I start, let me mention one thing.  Today, this article will appear on Mises Daily – well, yesterday, but this is the current issue.  So this is a summary of the Hoppian argumentation ethics theory, so anyone who’s interested in this idea you may want to take a look at this.  Also, at the bottom of this page there’s an ad for an upcoming Mises Academy course I have here, which is starting July 11, the Social Theory of Hoppe.  So it’s a six-week course where I’ll go into detail on Professor Hoppe’s economic and political theories.  So anyone who’s interested in that, take a look. [continue reading…]

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How To Think About Property (2019)

As noted in my podcast episode KOL259 | “How To Think About Property”, New Hampshire Liberty Forum 2019, I gave a presentation at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, Feb. 8, 2019. A lightly-edited transcript is below.

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How To Think About Property

by Stephan Kinsella

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Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP (2012)

As noted in this podcast episode, KOL236 | Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP (Libertopia 2012), at Libertopia 2012, I delivered a 45-minute talk , “Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP,” the slides for which are below. I spoke for 45 minutes—well, 40, then the last 5 were taken up by a question from J. Neil Schulman—but only covered the first 25 slides. I covered most of the remaining 41 in a separate recording, Part 2: KOL237.

A lightly-edited transcript of Part 1 is below; see also the transcript for Part 2.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 332.

I appeared yesterday (Friday, April 23, 2021) on the World Crypto Network (Youtube channel) panel The Bitcoin Group #255, hosted by Thomas Hunt. The other panelists included the CryptoRaptor (Dan Eve; see video below); Ben Arc; and Josh Scigala of Vaultoro. We discussed a variety of topics, including—

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Bitcoin Confiscation vs. Gold Confiscation

People often say that Bitcoin is too risky since if it becomes too successful, and thus a threat to the state, the state will just ban it. After all, Franklin Roosevelt did this to gold in 1933 with Executive Order 6102 (text). This is how I myself got into Bitcoin. I saw its potential early on. I never had the stodgy Austrian “regression theorem” or physical commodity fetish hangup that led Austrians early on to argue that it is impossible for Bitcoin to become money. In fact, back in 2011,  I wrote in an email:

(IN the bitcoin thing with digital currency, you can arbitrarily increase the granularity by adding more digits; in such a digital numeraire (which I confess I sort of think is the ideal money, in some sense, though not in a practical sense given some political and other problems), you never need to increase the supply at all (once it reaches its asymptotic maximum), because any supply truly is enough: you never face the granularity problem you guys allude to.1

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  1. See Comments on Block and Barnett on the Optimum Quantity of Money. []
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