This article has multiple references listed and discusses the continued oppression of the american people by the abuse of government power. Property rights have been continually eroded since the drafting of the bill of rights. Many of those rights we no longer have, because of this It is important to educate the voter base on how their rights are being eroded. It also brings the question what can we do to protect our rights?
I have been reading up on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a legislation powerhouse responsible for laws such as the Voter ID legislation that we are dealing with here in PA. They claim to be proponents of the free market, federalism, and limited government, but this whole group is just really creeping me out. Seems to support of transition of power, rather than a lessening of regulation. And then I saw this article supporting intellectual property rights.
What do you think of "Intellectual Property" rights? I changed my mind after reading some of Stephan Kinsella's work.
Resource scarcity is the foundational principle underpinning the social construct of property rights. Kinsella states that there are no property rights in situations where there is no resource scarcity.
From that perspective, this young man is not being prosecuted, he is being persecuted.
US government refuses to pay damages for Ferrari F50 destroyed during an FBI joy ride.
Destroyed F50The US Department of Justice is deploying all of its legal muscle to avoid paying the price after an FBI agent destroyed an exotic car during a joy ride. After nearly two years of trying to recover the money owed by the government, Motors Insurance Company filed a lawsuit against the government seeking the full $750,000 value of the wrecked 1995 Ferrari F50.
I heard some discussion on environmental issues with regard to property rights on the 17 Feb podcast. I would suggest looking into work done by the Property and Environemnt Research Center (www.perc.org). I would also suggest the book Free Market Environmentalism, by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal, which describes how markets and recognition of property rights protects the environment more efficiently than does government regulation.
“The basic problem with patents is that you’re trying to assign property rights to something that doesn’t deserve property rights. The fact that these property rights end up in the hands of financial owners as opposed to the original inventors just exacerbates the problem. The basic problem is that Chris [Dixon] and a bunch of engineers can be sitting at Hunch designing some amazing new feature and somebody unbeknownst to them has a patent on this feature and never actually implemented it and can now screw them over… It’s just not right, it shouldn’t exist.”