Intellectual Property Fosters Corporate Concentration
The modern libertarian case against so-called intellectual property (IP) has been building steadily since the late 1980s, when I first encountered it. Since then, an impressive volume of work has been produced from many perspectives: economics, political economy, sociology, moral and political philosophy, history, and no doubt more. It is indeed a case to be…
Market vs. Monopoly: Beating the “Intellectual Property” Racket
The strongest argument in favor of the fiction of “intellectual property” is consequential rather than moral: Creators of good things — novels, songs, drugs, what have you — we are told, will essentially go on strike if government doesn’t guarantee their profits by vesting them with monopoly “rights” to ideas. Instead of writing that next…
Roderick T. Long’s “The Libertarian Case Against Intellectual Property” On Youtube
From the Markets Not Capitalism audiobook read by C4SS fellow Stephanie Murphy.
“Intellectual Property”: This Land was Made for You an … er, for Monsanto
Knapp: By its very nature, “intellectual property” always represents an assertion on the part of one person of ownership title to the minds, bodies and property of others.
Aaron Swartz and Intellectual Property’s Bitter-Enders
Knapp: The old media companies’ only chance of survival is to give up their failed state-created monopolies and protection rackets, and figure out how to generate profits through voluntary trade instead.
How “Intellectual Property” Impedes Competition
Intellectual property is not necessary to encourage innovation, this means that its main practical effect is to cause economic inefficiency by levying a monopoly charge on the use of existing technology.
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The Libertarian Case Against Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property rights have a tainted past. Originally, both patents and copyrights were grants of monopoly privilege pure and simple.
Intellectual Property: Some Countries Are More Equal Than Others
Kevin Carson on the globalist imperialism of copyright tyranny.
Intellectual Property is Murder
Kevin Carson on the human cost of “intellectual property”.
Homeland Security Mission Creep: “Intellectual Property Crime”
Kevin Carson tackles the fanciful notion of file sharing being a cash cow for Al Qaeda.
Intellectual Property Eats Itself
Kevin Carson explains why attempts to defend intellectual property inevitably undermine intellectual property.
The Copyright Nazis: Destroying “Intellectual Property” Rights in Order to Save Them
Kevin Carson on IP advocates stooping to incoherent self-contradiction.
“Intellectual Property” is Not Progressive
Kevin Carson: “Intellectual property” is the linchpin, the keystone in the arch, of global corporate power.
“Intellectual Property”: A Libertarian Critique
In this study, Kevin Carson reviews libertarian perspectives on “intellectual property”; the ethics of the practice itself and the harms resulting from it.
Capitalist Nursery Fables: The Tragedy of Private Property, and the Farce of Its Defense
View or download a PDF copy of Kevin Carson’s C4SS Study: Capitalist Nursery Fables: The Tragedy of Private Property, and the Farce of Its Defense Introduction Since the beginning of class society, every ruling class has required a legitimizing ideology to justify inequality and to frame its own privileges as deserved. As Thomas Piketty puts…
Benjamin Tucker’s Four Property Regimes and the Spirit of Capitalism
Most political economy discussions are about crafting contemporary policy responses, such as increasing or lowering tax rates, setting regulatory bodies to enforce labor laws, and other similar center-left and center-right electoral issues, with a class of think tank staffers and media pundits arguing back and forth. In this discussion almost all political fundamentals are agreed…
“Economic Calculation,” “Strong Property Rights,” and Other Lies Koch-Funded Libertarian Commentators Told Me
A common cliche among conservatives and those on the libertarian Right is that “strong property rights” are an incentive to create wealth and are necessary for progress. Closely related is Ludwig von Mises’ critique of the Oskar Lange model of market socialism, namely that it would result in irrationality because factor input pricing by non-market…
The Organic Emergence of Property from Reputation
The Organic Emergence of Property from Reputation Property as a Useful and Necessary Toil, Not a God For centuries radicals have debated alternative property systems, and I’m glad we’re having these conversations. But what has been consistently disappointing about them is how little they generally seek to explore the underlying roots of “property” itself. To be sure, all…
Property and the family are two ideas, for the attack and defense of which legions of writers have taken up arms during the last half century. Recent systems, founded upon old errors, but revived by the popular emotions which they aroused, have in vain disturbed, misrepresented, sometimes even denied, them. These ideas express necessary facts,…
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