Intellectual Property: Silly or Sinister? David K. Levine, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-12-22).
Imagine a land recently seized from a foreign power where there is little law and a lot of gold. Since nature abhors a vacuum, prospectors quickly adopt the conventions of private property: Whoever is first to put four stakes in the ground is the proud owner of the land and…(Linked Friday 2010-12-24.)
How to Record the Cops. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-12-21).
What's the best way to record the cops? Here's a quick run-down of the choices. Cameras without wireless networking capabilities are the least attractive option. If they are destroyed or confiscated in the field, you probably have lost the damning video you just recorded, including any footage documenting how your…(Linked Saturday 2010-12-25.)
Joseph Déjacque – The Humanisphere (Preface) Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2010-12-26).
The Humanisphere:Anarchic UtopiaJoseph DéjacqueUTOPIA: “A dream not realized, but not unrealizable.” ANARCHY: “Absence of government.” Revolutions are conservations. (P. J. PROUDHON)The only true revolutions are the revolutions of ideas. (JOUFFROY) Let us make customs, and no longer make laws. (EMILE DE GIRARDIN) So speak ye, and so do, as they…(Linked Sunday 2010-12-26.)
That Screwy, Ballyhooey Nollywood. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-12-21).
Recommended reading: a great article in The Economist on Nigeria's film industry, a.k.a. Nollywood, which "churns out about 50 full-length features a week, making it the world's second most prolific film industry after India's Bollywood." The report covers everything from the way movies are produced and consumed in a country…(Linked Sunday 2010-12-26.)
The IP-Industrial Complex (and how to fight it) David Koepsell, Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (2010-10-27).
When I began law school, the term for copyright protection was a mere life-of-author plus 50 years. The term for patents was 17 years. By the time I graduated, copyright terms were extended an additional 20 years, and patents an additional 3. The ongoing efforts by industry to extend their…(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)
The President With Two Faces. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-10-28).
The Advocate reports: When it comes to same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday that "attitudes evolve, including mine" during an interview with five progressive bloggers…. On the question of marriage, President Obama began by clarifying that he wasn't going to "make big news" at that particular moment. But his…(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)
Obamacare Fosters Oligopoly. Sheldon Richman, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-10-27).
Well, now. It seems Obamacare is increasing concentration in the medical industry. From yesterday's Wall Street Journal: The turn toward consolidation among insurance companies is not new, and neither is it among doctors, hospitals and other providers. Yet the health bill has accelerated these trends, as all sides race to…(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)
Screw Tolerance. Marja Erwin (2010-10-28).
Tolerance is when the straight man *chooses* not to hurt the lesbian womon.Liberation is when the straight man *can’t* hurt the lesbian womon.Or the same on myriad other axes of oppression: class, race, religion, sexual congruence, disability status, and so on.(Linked Friday 2010-10-29.)
Three Shalt Thou Count. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-08-30).
The debates in the comments section of my Koch post have gotten me thinking about the different ways in which vulgar libertarianism operates. I think there are three. 1) First, there's the use of libertarian slogans as mere rhetorical covering for corporatist policies. This kind of vulgar libertarianism is standard…(Linked Monday 2010-08-30.)
C4SS in the MSM. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-08-30).
Congratulations to Ross Kenyon, whose latest C4SS piece has been picked up by the Christian Science Monitor!(Linked Monday 2010-08-30.)
The Cold, Crisp Taste of Koch. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-08-31).
From Frank Rich's rehash of Jane Mayer's recent hit piece on the philanthropizin' oilmen Charles and David Koch: When David Koch ran to the right of Reagan as vice president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket (it polled 1 percent), his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security,…(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Why does the Infrastructurist hate libertarians so much? rationalitate, Market Urbanism (2010-08-25).
by Stephen Smith Among urban planners, libertarianism gets a pretty bad rap. Melissa Lafsky at the Infrastructurist goes so far as to call libertarianism "an enemy of infrastructure," and dismisses entirely the idea that private industry can build infrastructure with a single hyperlink – to a poorly-written article on New Zealand's…(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Argumentum ad un-Americanum. Will Wilkinson, Will Wilkinson (2010-08-27).
This Forbes column by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins arguing that the government should stop subsidizing homeownership was skipping along predictably but just fine until... When the government encourages homeownership, the story goes, it strengthens individuals and communities and thereby fosters the American Dream. They're wrong. A government crusade to…(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Why Do Futurists Get So Much Wrong? Steven Horwitz, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-08-25).
The Austrian economist Ludwig Lachmann once walked into the colloquium room at New York University, where the blackboard displayed this quotation: "When it comes to the future, one word says it all: You never know. – Y. Berra." Having built much of his economics on the unknowability of the future,…(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Scary scary news scary! admin, This Modern World (2010-08-31).
Scary scary news scary!(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)