• • • Stephan Kinsella on the Logic of Libertarianism and Why Intellectual Property Doesn’t Exist
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal |The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Individual Rights |Individualism | Daily Bell: Tell us about your legal theory of property and how you came to believe that intellectual property doesn't exist. Stephan Kinsella: My main interest has always been and remains the basics of libertarian ethics: What are individual rights and property, how is this justified and so on. As I discuss in Intellectual Property and Libertarianism, from the beginning of my exposure to libertarian ideas, the intellectual property (IP) issue nagged at me. I was never satisfied with Ayn Rand's justification for it, for example. Her argument is a bizarre mixture of utilitarianism with overwrought deification of "the creator" — not the Creator up there, but Man, The Creator, who has a property right in what He Creates. Her proof that patents and copyrights are property rights is lacking.