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[Notice, he never gives any coherent reasons to some of the key ideas his argument relies on: –that fetuses have rights just b/c they “are human” –that the fetus is a trespasser (even though it was “invited” in most cases) –that when you evict a trespasser you have to use the gentlest manner possible (why?) –that if an eviction method imposes ANY extra costs on the victim, then it doesn’t count as the gentlest manner possible (why?)

 

hoppe on abortion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuoepBsv3ZE

Timo Wirkman Virkkala,”Q&A: Libertarian Anti-Abortionism,” Wirkman Comments (June 6, 2022)

Sean Parr,  “Departurism and the Libertarian Axiom of Gentleness”
Introduction to [Foreign Language] Translation of Against Intellectual Property

Block 32. “Rejoinder to Wisniewski on Abortion” libertarianpapers.org/32-rejoinder-wisniewski-abortion/

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Abortion is, of course, a perennially contentious issue. This is true even among libertarians; most libertarians are pro-choice but there is a healthy contingent that is pro-life of one stripe or another, such as Doris Gordon and Libertarians for Life. It’s not surprising that my longtime friend Walter Block has written a good deal on abortion and his theory of “evictionism,” although, oddly, the topic does not seem to appear in his books Defending the Undefendable or Defending The Undefendable II: Freedom in All Realms. I myself have touched on this issue a few times, e.g. Objectivists on Positive Parental Obligations and Abortion (2); How We Come To Own Ourselves; also Block on Abortion (Mises, 2006).

A friend and I were discussing my longtime friend Walter Block and his views on abortion.

My friend had the impression Walter is pro-life. But that’s not quite right. He has a unique approach on this matter. I’d like to unpack this here. [continue reading…]

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KOL399 | CryptoVoices: Ukraine and Liberalism

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 399.

This is my appearance on the CryptoVoices podcastEpisode 138, interviewed by host Matthew Mežinskis.

Shownotes:

Matthew interviews Stephan Kinsella, lawyer and author, and anti-IP advocate.

Stephan covers a lot of ground on how to increase liberalism and reduce war, through the lens of the unjust and terrible war being waged by Russia in Ukraine.

Though there are a variety of views on NATO, nukes, and strategies for minimizing this and all state wars, the focus on this show is to philosophize and center our arguments on freedom and liberalism and private property, with the important caveat that we live in 2022, not in an anarcho-capitalistic world.

Listen on to learn more.

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Marc Victor’s Arizona Senate Run: A Lesson for Future Libertarian Party Strategy?

The Libertarian Party1 has long been controversial among libertarians, since its founding in 1971. Should it have a broad tent or a purist message? Minarchist or anarchist—or both? Should it try to elect candidates, and water down its radical principles to do so, or run purist, principled candidates to use their platform to get the message out?

One problem the LP in the United States has always faced is that unlike the parliamentary systems in European and other countries, in which minority parties can form coalitions with others, the US system tends to be a binary winner-take-all system. In this system even libertarian-sympathetic voters know that the LP candidate cannot win so and they don’t want to “waste their vote”. So the LP candidates rarely get a significant percentage of the votes cast.

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Austrian Economics Discord Conference, Jan. 2023

I’ll be speaking at next year’s Austrian Economics Discord Conference: “Inflation, Money, and the State,” Austrian Economics Discord Server (Jan. 7–8, 2023) (topic TBA).

For last year’s, see: “Law: Decentralized and Centralized,” Austrian Economics Discord Conference: “The Enduring Importance of the Austrian School,” Austrian Economics Discord Server (Jan. 8–9, 2022) [KOL371].

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast: Episode 398.

This is my appearance on Robert Breedlove’s What Is Money podcast, Ep. WiM229 (Youtube channel). This is Ep. 3 of the “Stephan Kinsella Series” (released Oct. 26, 2022). For Ep. 1, see KOL391 | Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, Ep. 1 with Robert Breedlove, of the “What is Money” Show. For Ep. 2, see KOL394 | The Nature of Property, Ep. 2 (WiM216) with Robert Breedlove, of the “What is Money” Show.

From Robert’s Episode notes: “Stephan Kinsella is an American intellectual property lawyer, author, and deontological anarcho-capitalist. He joins me for an in-depth conversation about the book “A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism: Economics, Politics, and Ethics” by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.”

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast: Episode 397.

I was a guest last night (Oct. 25, 2022) on the Libertarian Podcast Review … podcast, ep. 70, with hosts Tyler Janke and Garbage Mane Andy. We discussed… well… Hoppe.

They’re like—why are you always the one called on to defend Hoppe? I’m thinking—I dunno, you tell me.

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Łukasz Dominiak, “Must Right-Libertarians Embrace Easements by Necessity?“, 34 Diametros 16 (2019), 60: 34–51.

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The present paper investigates the question of whether right-libertarians must accept easements by necessity. Since easements by necessity limit the property rights of the owner of the servient tenement, they apparently conflict with the libertarian homestead principle, according to which the person who first mixes his labor with the unowned land acquires absolute ownership thereof. As we demonstrate in the paper, however, the homestead principle understood in such an absolutist way generates contradictions within the set of rights distributed on its basis. In order to avoid such contradictions, easements by necessity must be incorporated into the libertarian theory of property rights and the homestead principle must be truncated accordingly.

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Łukasz Dominiak, “Libertarianism and Original Appropriation”

Łukasz Dominiak, “Libertarianism and Original Appropriation,” Historia i Polityka, No. 22 (29)/2017, pp. 43–56.

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The article is devoted to the problem of the structure of libertarian theory of justice. It tries to present a map of the main concepts and principles of this theory and to investigate its possible justifications. It explains such fundamental concepts as original appropriation, homesteading, labour theory of property or first possession theory of original appropriation. The article shows merits and drawbacks of alternative libertarian principles of justice in first acquisition and proposes a sketch of an original justification for the first possession theory of original appropriation.

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