individualism for the masses
August 7, 2009
"To save the idea of private property, it must be completely severed from impostor forms."
Filed under LvMI, philosophy, strategy
I am new to libertarianism, but aren’t intellectual property rights extremely important? An example is the ability for new drugs to be profitable enough to provide incentive for continued investment in future cures.
I assume there are multiple schools of thought on this, but how exactly are they an “impostor” form of property rights? Do I not have the right to the product of my mind as well as my labor?
Chief, you raise one consequentialist defense of IP and once principled defense.
If you are a consequentialist, the book you want is Against Intellectual Monopoly, an economic analysis and history of patents and copyrights.
If you are inclined to think in terms of principle — rights in general and property rights in particular — the book you want is Stephan Kinsella’s Against Intellectual Property. It was originally published in the Journal of Libertarian Studies. It’s also available for free as a PDF.
Thanks, I’ll give them a look.
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Father of Benjamin, husband of Nathalie, BK Marcus works from Charlottesville, Virginia, as a writer, editor, and publishing consultant.
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