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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 266.

This is my appearance in Episode 36 of the Did You Know Crypto Podcast, with host Dustin. We talked “about the possibility of using patents as an attack vector on Bitcoin.” As Dustin summarized in his show notes:

Stephan and I talk about…

  • What is a Patent?
  • Differences in EU/US & China
  • Why is it so “hallowed”
  • Open Source Software and patents
  • What is a “Patent Troll”
  • Craig Wright’s patents
  • Can Bitcoin developers be sued?

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My article “What Libertarianism Is” was previously translated (by Lacombi Lauss) into (Brazlian) Portuguese as “O que é libertarianismo.”

Now a new translation, in Portugal Portuguese, by Carlos Novais, appears, with an introductory note, in a new book on libertarianism, Liberais À Solta!.

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French Translation of Against Intellectual Property

Contre la Propriété Intellectuelle, a French translation of my  Against Intellectual Property, translated by Daivy Merlijs and Stéphane Geyres, is now available.

According to the translator, the previous French translation available was not complete. The present translation is complete and also has updated the dead URLs as footnotes using Wayback Machine.

Here are PDF, mobi, epub, and Word versions.

My gratitude toward the translators and publisher.

Vive la France and Vive la liberté!

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My paste of the Word file is below: forgive formatting errors: [continue reading…]

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 265.

This is my conversation with Jordan Head, who expressed some disagreement or confusion about my Against IP book on a Twitter thread; I offered to discuss with him, as I often do, and he took me up on it and consented to my recording it and posting it. His main hangup was my emphasis on “scarcity” and so he was thinking time was a scarce resource, so it’s being “stolen” if others copy your products, etc. I think we made good progress. We briefly discussed a few unrelated issues, like Bitcoin maximalism.

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Łukasz Dominiak has just published what looks to be an interesting paper, “The Problem of Axiomatic Status of the Self-Ownership Principled in the Libertarian Political Philosophy“. I say “looks to be” as it is in Polish. The English Abstract is below. I have included a link to this paper in my “Argumentation Ethics and Liberty: A Concise Guide” (2011) and Supplemental Resources.

Abstract

The subject-matter of the present paper is one of the fundamental theoretical bases of the libertarian political philosophy: the principle of self-ownership. Th e research problem of the paper is the following question: Is the self-ownership principle an axiom? The research method employed in the paper is the method of disputatio. Based on the conducted research, the paper proposes the affirmative thesis: the self-ownership principle is an axiom. The paper presents a conceptual framework that distinguishes between self-possession, selfownership, and the justifi cation of the latter. It also develops a line of argument which demonstrates that although prima facie only the self-possession is an axiom, self-possession necessarily implies selfownership, granting thereby the axiomatic status to the latter too.

Keywords: libertarianism, self-ownership, selfpossession, axiom, argumentation ethics, natural rights, natural law

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 264.

I appeared today on the Disenthrall.me Youtube channel, host Patrick Smith, to discuss the trademark issues between Tim Pool and his company media Subverse, and StudioFOW which has a popular crowdsourced porn video game coming out also called Subverse. We touched a bit on bitcoin ownership, patent and copyright, defamation law, and trademark law, and related matters.

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 263.

This is my short portion of the panel presentation “The Significance of Hans-Hermann Hoppe,” from the 2019 Austrian Economics Research Conference (AERC), at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on the occasion of Professor Hoppe’s 70th birth year. The entire panel presentation, plus my notes, and a link to a longer talk on similar themes, are below.

Related: KOL259 | “How To Think About Property”, New Hampshire Liberty Forum 2019

 

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KOL262 | My Comments on the Venture Stories Podcast Episode

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Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 262.

This is a followup to my episode KOL261 | Venture Stories Podcast Debating Austrian Economics, Libertarianism, and Bitcoin with Noah Smith. I recorded some of my impressions after the show was concluded, making observations about how it went, and so on. Listen at our own peril!

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