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Stephan Kinsella, patent attorney and libertarian scholar, joins Albert for a discussion of IP and “double counting.”

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  • I’ve followed the Bundy Ranch situation closely on social media throughout the weekend. Though a virtual mainstream media black out exists (only Fox mentioned the situation), I’ve been overwhelmed by the disparate reactions the stand-off has inspired. Some “liberals” (authoritarians) on Twitter were actually angered that the Bureau of Land Management did not “open fire” on “squatter” Cliven Bundy and the several thousand “radicals” that “unlawfully assembled” which will inspire “domestic terrorists”.  Meanwhile, conservatives, constitutionalists and libertarians have been arguing for several days over the central question: are the Bundy’s right or wrong? What are your thoughts?

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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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  • In absence of a state monopoly with its blanket mandates what should be the case for any party that does not or refuses to enter any contracts? Should it be factored on a case by case basis, use the most popular contract in the given DRO, or could there be a general rule for how to deal with people outside of contract.

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  • Seems no one has linked to the Bip Cot concept yet so I’ll just make a quick intro post and see what comments move the discussion along. “The BipCot NoGov License allows any use of software, media, products or services EXCEPT by governments.” From the FAQ Q. So, the BipCot NoGov license…..is this a joke? A. No. It’s a license we wrote that we’re comfortable with. We are using it on software, media, products and services of our own, and we encourage others to use it. And it’s getting used and spread. For more on whether or not the BipCot license has “teeth”, please see Email conversation I had with Mark from Negativeland about BipCot.

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  • http://www.ination.io/ is raising seed capital. What do you guys think about replacing the state’s function of storing legal documents? I assume they mean property registration. Unlike some prominent anarchists, I am in favor of this. Real property such as land titles should be on a blockchain. Thoughts? “Founded in February 2015 by David Mondrus (CEO) and Nathan Wosnack (CCO), iNation is one of the world’s first secure, distributed, and cryptographically verifiable store of legal documents. iNation is one of the first companies to address the coming unbundling of the government services market. More information about the platform, its products/services will be available soon.”

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