Tag: property rights

  • Protecting Intellectual Property

    Protecting Intellectual Property

    Those of us who come from the Libertarian, Anarchist, Capitalist, Voluntaryist or similar schools of thought are used to dealing with coercive elements who lay claim to our property, particularly in the form of confiscating our “fair share” of taxes. The coercers begin with some premise that gives them, they say, the moral right to […]

  • Can You Own An Idea?

    I think if you stopped one hundred people on the street and asked them if it’s possible to own an idea 99 of them would say ‘no.’ Maybe 100. It’s always a red flag to me when people who show no real evidence of thinking deeply about a question are able to answer it in […]

  • Not Being Governed

    Many thanks to the folks over at NotBeingGoverned for featuring my 2,000-word article, Whose Idea of Freedom Should We Use? on their site. These guys are champions of individual freedom who come at the issue from many different perspectives and encourage lively debate. (*cough* intellectual property.) I’m a bit envious of their very busy Facebook […]

  • Why Intellectual Property Is More Important Than Physical Property

    In this article I will briefly address these four issues: 1. Why the State is the wrong system to protect intellectual property (IP) 2. Why IP is more important than physical property 3. Why the arguments against IP protection are immoral 4. The good news for people who completely disagree with me 1. You won’t […]

  • You Don’t Own Your Money

    We trade our lives for money. We do it every day. Most jobs are just an agreement to spend a specified amount of time and educated effort in exchange for a specified amount of dollars, euros, pounds or other fiat. So at the very least you would want to believe that after you trade away […]

  • Now You’re a Captive Cash Cow on the State Dairy Farm

    It’s always been tough for Americans. Unlike citizens of Spain, Germany, Australia, Canada and virtually every other developed country, Americans have to pay income taxes to Uncle Sugar no matter where they live and what they do. An American can leave his country and spend the next fifty years making a living in Timbuktu and […]

  • You Don’t Own Your Home and Never Will

    I’m not talking about the bank holding the mortgage on your home. Even if you think you own your home free and clear, you really don’t own it at all. You lease it from the State and it sets the terms and conditions that allow you to occupy the house or sell it to another […]