Friday, March 29, 2013

Countdown to the Wenzel-Kinsella Debate: 3 Days


My debate with Stephan Kinsella over intellectual property is only 3 days away. The debate will be posted here at EPJ and by Kinsella at his site, at 5:00 PM ET on April 1.

During my debate I plan to use arguments from as many five different scholars that will point out obvious confusion in Kinsella's thinking. I think the names will surprise Kinsella.

Correctly name, in the comments section, the scholar(s) that I actually use and you will win a lifetime subscription to the EPJ Daily Alert. But you must name all the scholars I use in the debate but no extras. Depending how the debate goes, I may use one or all five of the scholars I currently have in mind. Only one entry per person.

Go for it. Two people were correct that the new pope would choose Francis as his new name. They now have subscriptions to the ALERT. Let's see if anyone can pull this one off.

20 comments:

  1. Marx
    Lenin
    Fidel Castro
    Kim Il Sung
    and of course Noam Chomsky ;-)

    I am giddy watching you being all riled up ;-)

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  2. Gordon
    Hoppe
    Aristotle
    Kant
    Nozick

    I have a feeling all of these are wrong, but it's worth a try :)

    -Bharat

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  3. I'm at all well read on this topic, but here's my wild guess:

    Lysander Spooner
    Murray Rothbard
    Robert Nozick
    Herbert Spencer
    Ayn Rand


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  4. Murray Rothbard, Friedrich Hayek, David Friedman, Morris and Linda Tannehill.

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  5. keynes
    Marx
    Lenin
    Chomsky
    Chavez

    And possibly...micheal moore.

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  6. Andrew J. Golambos
    Dr. Walter Block
    Lysander Spooner
    David D. Friedman
    John Palfrey

    After all, a comment costs nothing.

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  7. Aquinas
    Kinsella
    Mises
    Rand
    Rothbard

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  8. How on Earth did 2 people guess Francis? Isn't he the first pope so named? Seems as likely a guess as "Bob". Talk about shot in the dark.

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  9. Ludwig Von Mises
    Henry Hazlitt
    John Maynard Keynes
    Stephen Kinsella
    Walter Block

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  10. Here's my shot in the dark:

    Mises
    Rothbard
    Tucker
    Friedman
    Gordon

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  11. Early Prediction: Bob and Stephen will both claim victory...but Stephen will just be so much more pompous about it.

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  12. If the state should not be allowed to grant a monopoly on IP, then why should it for ANY property? Including the mind and body? Laws against murder and assault create the state-granted monopoly of self-ownership. I have yet to read/hear an even remotely compelling argument against the right of IP. And yes, I've read Kinsella *sigh*...

    Herbert Spencer -

    http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=273&chapter=6266&layout=html&Itemid=27

    Lysander Spooner -

    http://oll.libertyfund.org/simple.php?id=2243

    Frédéric Bastiat -

    "Gentlemen, what I have said about the property in general, it seems difficult not to recognize that literary property is within the law. A book, is it not the product of a man's work, of these faculties, his efforts, his care, his vigils, employment of his time, his advances? Should we not have this man to live while working? Why did he not receive voluntary services of those whom he renders services? His book, why would it not be his property? The paper manufacturer, printer, bookseller, bookbinder, who have materially contributed to the formation of a book, are paid for their work. The author, will he be excluded just compensation which his book is the occasion?"

    http://bastiat.org/fr/discours_cercle_librairie.html

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  13. Mises
    Aristotle
    Rothbard
    Aquinas
    Marx

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  14. I'm going to predict something else about the debate: the debate is going to quickly shift from one about IP to a debate about Natural vs Designed Rights. Without that debate settled, any debate on IP will be a discussion of apples and oranges because you are operating from different premises. Designed Rights is a pretty blue sky topic to most people at this point, so you're going to have to carve time to really explain that carefully or else the debate is going to get really choppy. I've still not seen you fully demonstrate how IP will work on top of designed rights, so I think you also need some concrete examples of IP.

    As an aside, and to stay on topic, Gordon is the way to go if you want to win a debate so I'm sure he's on the list!

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  15. I'm going to go Locke & Mises, guessing that your time will go by faster than you anticipate.

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  16. W Block, D Gordon, J Tucker, M Rothbard. Because 4 is greater than 2.

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  17. Gordon, Marx, Rothbard, Locke, & Spooner.

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