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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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Rethinking IP Completely

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

The Rothbard Memorial Lecture, from the 2008 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Ludwig von Mises Institute; Auburn, Alabama. Includes Question and Answer session. [56:03]
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How We Come to Own Ourselves

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeologyPrivate Property

09/07/2006Mises Daily Articles
But it should be clear that what distinguishes libertarianism from all competing political theories is its scrupulous adherence — informed by sound, i.e., Austrian, economics — to the idea that property rights in scarce resources must be assigned to the person with the best, objective link to the...
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The Ordeal of Hoppe


04/01/2005The Free Market
Has academia become so politicized that teaching good economics, and using politically sensitive illustrations, can lead to threats, fines, penalties, demotion and worse? It certainly seemed so in early February when Hans-Hermann Hoppe, a leading student of Murray Rothbard and senior fellow of the...
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There's No Such Thing As a Free Patent

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

03/07/2005Mises Daily Articles
Let us grant that patents encourage innovation; Stephan Kinsella still wants to know: at what cost?
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Punishment and Proportionality: the Estoppel Approach

Legal System

03/01/1998The Journal of Libertarian Studies
No doubt punishment serves many purposes. It can deter crime and prevent the offender from committing further crimes. Punishment can even rehabilitate some criminals, if it is not capital. It can satisfy a victim’s longing for revenge, or his relatives’ desire to avenge. Punishment can also be used...


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