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My initial argument begins at 4:40 and my closing argument at 1:42:20. As expected, I lost the debate, by vote of the students, by a vote of about 2:1. I laid out a systematic argument against IP based the nature of human action, human interaction, and property rights. Lots of explicit Marxism and socialism among the students, but it was fun and they were very civil and respectful. My initial presentation was a very condensed (15-20 minutes) but very fundamental explanation of the nature of property rights and why intellectual property is totally incompatible with property rights.

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  • Let’s kick this off! How are you able to have a successful photography company without the state to enforce copyright and/or IP laws? I personally have a very successful wedding photography company and one of my biggest selling points is my philosophy on intellectual property. I’d love to hear other’s successes, or problems, and will happily explain how I do it!

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  • The government could do its job! It could protect and uphold contracts. If it protected contracts agreed upon voluntarily by parties involved in any exchange then it would be a stabilizing entity! Can you believe it? The stated goal of government is to stabilize things and that can be accomplished if they did what they are supposed to do! Instead we see government causing massive destabilization because it violates contracts and fails to protect contracts. How simple is the solution! Even the government union employee can identify with the solution: “I only do specifically what my job is and nothing more!” Someone tell the government ‘to protect and uphold contracts’ only!

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  • Is there anyone out there that can SHOW ME the LAW that says the IRS can interfere with the business of the State Department?  Is there anyone out there that show me where “Congress” acquired Legislative Jurisdiction to interfere with travel within a State?  Can anyone show me the Law that grants “Enforcement” jurisdiction to the IRS for any territory other than “Federal” Land?  Just because the bunch of outlaw-renegades that call themselves “Congress” puts a bunch of words on a piece of paper and calls it a “LAW” doesn’t mean that it is a True, Correct, and Certain string of words that actually is “enforceable”.  Yet almost every time Obama writes an “Executive Order” or “Congress” passes something they call a Law most people (including some that should know better) start claiming that you or I are on our way to prison because of some language in the “new” Law or Order.  So let me ask this: How many of you have studied “Federal Jurisdiction”, or Federal “Legislative” Jurisdiction?  How many have read the Constitution and know anything about Separation of Powers?

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  • What is the origination of property rights? Where do they come from that you can reason their existence as natural? We usually argue for property rights at some point in our discussions as libertarians, but I’m curious as to where we can claim they’re from. Personally, I derive mine from God and my religious beliefs, similar to what Jefferson stated about God given rights. But what about someone who doesn’t believe in a deity? How can they derive property rights in a way that can’t be dismissed as ideals, but derived in nature? This is also (and arguably more so) important for arguing these natural rights to people who won’t accept a divine aspect. It’s important to have property rights, and they’re evidently beneficial, but the argument remains for declaring these as rights, otherwise the NAP is in jeopardy. How do we have a right to property?

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  • Wasn’t sure exactly were to put this, but here’s this question. In an anarcho-capitalist society, how would copyright and patent disputes be handled? I.e., what systems might be put in place to protect innovators and creators from theft of ideas?

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