Posts Tagged ‘McElroy’

The Basics of Copyright

Saturday, September 1st, 2012   Submitted by Wendy McElroy

I argue for copyright based on contract rather than upon natural rights because no natural ownership exists in freely expressed ideas. Ownership exists only in ideas that are protected by prior agreement or that remain unexpressed.


The Third Rail of Libertarianism

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012   Submitted by Wendy McElroy

It is not abortion, intellectual property, nor the debatable morality of voting. The third rail of libertarianism is whether it is proper to receive stolen money in exchange for your labor. Otherwise stated, is it proper to take a tax funded job?


Anarchists Who Vote Are Like Atheists Who Pray

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012   Submitted by Wendy McElroy

The similarity lies in the inconsistency displayed between stated belief and actions. But, in reality,  the consequences of an anarchist who votes are far worse than mere inconsistency. An atheist who sinks to his knees is engaging in a personal act that has no necessary impact on the right of others to remain standing. By contrast, the anarchist who votes is legitimizing a political process that he knows will be used by the State to violate the rights of others. After all the anarchist’s definition of the state is as “institutionalized violence.” Only if he believes the State is not institutionalized violence can the anarchist vote in good conscience. Upon accepting that belief, of course, he ceases to be an anarchist.


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