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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 225.

This is my speech delivered earlier today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society. Video with higher quality audio will be posted later. Slides used embedded below.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 224.

I was a guest on the Tom Woods show, Episode 998, today, discussing the work and theories of Hans-Hermann Hoppe. More–

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 223.

I was interviewed for the Our Interesting Times podcast, by host Tim Kelly, for the Aug. 8, 2017 episode, to discuss the basic case against intellectual property law.

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Hoppe: A Précis

On my list of things to write someday is an overview of the social thought of Hoppe, whom I consider to be the preeminent social thinker of our time, along the lines of Oxford University Press’s 100-page “A Very Short Introduction” series (previously called “Past Masters“). In the meantime, the assembled links will have to suffice.

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Answering a Reader about Utilitarianism and IP

From an email sent initially to the wrong me (Stephen Kinsella’s I am Not) a few months back but then helpfully forwarded on to me by my fellow Kinsella. Our edited thread.

From one “Monty”:

Mr.  Kinsella,

I read your essay Against Intellectual Property and it left me with a question I hope you might be willing to answer.  Your justification for protecting tangible property rights–to avoid conflict over scare resources—strikes me as fundamentally utilitarian in nature.  Yet you reject utilitarian defenses of intangible property rights.  But if it is ok to enforce property rights for one utilitarian reason, why is it not ok to enforce property rights for another utilitarian reason?

Thank you, Monty

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 222.

This is my second speech at last weekend’s Mises Brasil’s 2017 “V Conferência de Escola Austríaca” [5th Austrian School Conference], Mises BrasilUniversidade Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil (May 12–13, 2017): “Intellectual Property Imperialism Versus Innovation and Freedom.” The Q&A is included even though the questions are in Portuguese; most answers should make sense given the context.  This is a recording from my iPhone; video and higher quality audio will be linked later.

The slides that I use are embedded below.

Slides used for Mises Brasil:

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 221.

This is my first speech at Mises Brasil’s 2017 “V Conferência de Escola Austríaca” [5th Austrian School Conference], Mises BrasilUniversidade Mackenzie, São Paolo, Brazil (May 12–13, 2017): “State Legislation versus Law and Liberty.” The Q&A is included even though the questions are in Portugese; most answers should make sense given the context. This is a recording from my iPhone; video and higher quality audio will be linked later.

The slides that I use are embedded below.

Slides used for Mises Brasil:

My original slides:

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 220.

This is my interview by Rod Rojas of the Future Gravy show, which focuses on bitcoin and blockchain topics. We discussed how patents harm innovation and various strategies some companies use to try to deal with the patent threat, such as patent pooling, defensive patent licensing, whether Blockstream’s Patent Pledge is really a tactic that makes them a patent threat to the blockchain community, and related matters.

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