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Stephan Kinsella

Works Published inMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsThe Free MarketSpeeches and Presentations

AwardsO.P. Alford III Prize in Political Economy

Stephan Kinsella is an attorney in Houston, director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, and editor of Libertarian Papers.

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Argumentation Ethics and Liberty: A Concise Guide

BiographiesFree MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

05/27/2011Mises Daily Articles
When you speak, you act; and action implies taking control of one's own body with the underlying idea of private property.
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Rethinking IP

EducationLegal System

02/10/2011Mises Daily Articles
Patent and copyright, to take the two worst manifestations of IP, are nothing but state monopolies that violate property rights. IP is antithetical to capitalism and the free market.
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Teaching an Online Mises Academy Course


01/10/2011Mises Daily Articles
The IP course was a pleasure to teach. I was a bit intimidated at first by how to approach it — Should I wear a suit? What if my dogs bark? How much time should I leave for questions? It turned out that none of this mattered.
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Introduction to Libertarian Legal Theory

Free MarketsLegal SystemEntrepreneurship

01/03/2011Mises Daily Articles
Libertarianism is both old and new. It is rooted in ancient ideas of natural justice, fairness, peace, and cooperation. You could even say that any civilized society is already somewhat libertarian. After all, civilization requires peace and cooperation.
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Ideas Are Free: The Case Against Intellectual Property

The EntrepreneurFree MarketsLegal SystemEntrepreneurship

11/23/2010Mises Daily Articles
What are the results of the patent system itself? The results are distorted research, protectionism, wealth transfers, and enrichment of the patent bar. Large companies, such as IBM, amass giant patent portfolios.
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