Power and Property: A Corollary
Download a PDF copy of Grant Mincy’s study Power and Property: A Corollary. The concept of property is widely discussed by social theorists and is a hot button issue within political circles. This is mostly because property is somewhat of an abstract concept. Property is a possession — it belongs to someone or something. Seems simple enough,…
The Natural Right of Property: Not to be Confused with Government-created Artificial Rights
Thomas Hodgskin (1787-1869), the English economics writer I discussed previously, is an enigma — until his philosophy is seen in its entirety. He was an editor at The Economist of London from 1846 to 1855, during the period author Scott Gordon called “the high tide of laissez faire, yet he is considered a Ricardian socialist,…
Private Property, When and Why
Mutual Exchange is the Center’s goal in two senses — we favor a society rooted in peaceful, voluntary cooperation, and we seek to foster understanding through ongoing dialogue. Mutual Exchange will provide opportunities for conversation about issues that matter to the Center’s audience. A lead essay, deliberately provocative, will be followed by responses from inside and…
Private Property, the Least Bad Option
Libertarians tend to see two worlds: one with private property that works reasonably well, and one without that farcically implodes. What they often miss, however, is that this dichotomy is conditional. Private property isn’t morally meritorious or great in itself, but only insofar as it is the best and only way to avoid conflict given…
Common Property, Common Power
Reuters reports that this year the United States Supreme Court will hear its highest proportion of intellectual property (IP) cases in history. The justices are set to decide eight cases on IP — six on patent laws and two on copyright. A sign of the times, really. In a world of open source content and the…
A Plea for Public Property
An all-private system can be oppressive, just as an all-public one can be.
Is Property Theft?
Less Antman: Anarchy is not a system. It is an attitude of respect for other people, and a rejection of master-slave relationships (with no exception for government officials).
Statist “Private Property” Is Theft
David D’Amato finds a recent court decision makes an excellent opportunity to examine the concept of property.
Flea Collar: Your Tax Dollars at Work
Thomas L. Knapp puts “intellectual property” on the slippery slope, to see how far down it rolls.
The New Enclosures
D’Amato: “Intellectual property” is an affront to free markets.
How Not to Argue for IP
Kevin Carson explains that so-called “intellectual property” adds to GDP only by perversely counting unnecessary costs as productivity.
The Digital Copying Glass is Half Full
Kevin Carson explains that the notion that intellectual property somehow protects “the little guy” is a fraud.
Steal This Column
Thomas L. Knapp on so-called “intellectual property”: “…big money got to be big money by using government to restrain trade and ban competition.”
Laurance Labadie’s “Anarchism Applied to Economics”
Anarchism Applied to Economics Value is the exchange equivalency of something measured in terms of another thing. The fundamental quality upon which value depends is utility in satisfying desire. In economics, utility doesn’t mean the ‘real’ or ‘actual’ ability of a thing to accomplish or assist in accomplishing a result, but means the human estimate…
Same Shit, Different Labor Day
Right-libertarian apologists for capitalism seem to have a thing about using holidays as vehicles for their talking points. Every Thanksgiving, Reason trots out John Stossel’s ahistorical buncombe about how communism almost killed the Pilgrims before private property saved them from starvation (despite my debunking it every year). On Christmas, we get apologetics for Ebenezer Scrooge,…
Sinong makikinabang? Malayang kalakalan tungong komunismo
Ni Kevin Carson. Orihinal na artikulo: Who owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism, Setyembre 12, 2012. Salin ni Raj. May magandang kasabihan tungkol sa kung paano gumagana ang kapitalismo sa buhay natin (Hindi ko maalala kung sinong nagpauso noon, pero sa tingin ko si Noam Chomsky): “Lugi para sa lahat, kita para…
On the Cuba Embargo, and Free Trade — Real and Imagined
The degree to which the US trade embargo on Cuba has affected the economy of that country has been a matter of recent debate. I’m not concerned directly with Cuba here, but with the nature of what neoliberal ideology calls “free trade” more generally — of which an interesting discussion erupted as an offshoot of…
Melting Mountains of Ice
A No-Government Doctrine for the 21st Century Almost everyone today accepts at least one utopian idea: that slavery is so morally unacceptable that the practice must be stomped out wherever found, and any institution that depends upon it must immediately crumble. It’s probably even an understatement to just say people accept that idea. It’s the…
Propriedade Intelectual e o Seu Direito de Matar
​De Kevin Carson. Artigo original: “Intellectual Property” Keeps Right On Killing. Traduzido para o português por Gabriel Serpa. Os habituais apologistas das grandes empresas do agronegócio, como o colaborador da revista Reason, Ron Bailey, citam estudos que demonstram a improbabilidade de o glifosato, ingrediente ativo do herbicidaRoundup, causar câncer nas concentrações que aparecem em produtos de supermercado….
The Methodenstreit Revisited: Marginalism and the Lost Power Context
View or download a PDF copy of Kevin Carson’s C4SS Study: The Methodenstreit Revisited: Marginalism and the Lost Power Context The Methodenstreit was a long-running and fairly acrimonious debate over the methodology of economic science, between Carl Menger (posthumously regarded as the founder of Austrian economics) and Gustav Schmoller of the German Historical School, which eventually…
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