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Monday, March 19, 2012

• • • Stephan Kinsella on the Logic of Libertarianism and Why Intellectual Property Doesn’t Exist 
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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.

Monday, February 13, 2012

• • • The Daily Bell Dr Yaron Brook on Ayn Rand Capitalism and the War on Terror 
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Altruism  |Ayn Rand Center  |Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal  |The Virtue of Selfishness  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individual Rights  |Individualism  |Leonard Peikoff  |Yaron Brook  | Daily Bell: Acquaint us with your background, and how you became interested in Ayn Rand. Dr. Yaron Brook: I read Atlas Shrugged when I was 16. I was born and raised in Israel and was living there at the time, and I would say at the time when I read Atlas Shrugged I was a committed socialist, altruist and collectivist – the opposite of Ayn Rand. When a friend handed me the book and I read it, I really fought the book, but by the end Ayn Rand had won. She had convinced me that she was right and the ideas that I had held before were wrong.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

 Thomas Jacob on the New Swiss Gold Franc, Why the EU Is a Bad Idea, and … 
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Thomas Jacob studied economics at Zurich University and spent a year as an exchange student in Indianapolis. Afterward, Mr. Jacob attended Swissair pilot school and spent 15 years as an airline pilot flying the DC10, DC9, B747 and A320. During his time as a pilot, Mr. Jacob had time to “indulge extensively” in his interests in free-market economics, libertarianism and people worldwide. As he says, “It all began with Ayn Rand.”

Saturday, May 14, 2011

• • • Nathaniel Branden on the Atlas Shrugged Movie and His Own Life’s Legacy 
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Alan Greenspan  |Altruism  |Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individual Rights  |Nathaniel Branden  |Personal life  | Daily Bell: Did Ayn Rand have trouble with self-esteem? Nathaniel Branden: That’s a really good question. I think so. I have to say yes. Daily Bell: Did you? Nathaniel Branden: Of course, everybody does.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

 James Jaeger on Spoiler – his documentary based on Nelson Hultberg’s new political party 
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Daily Bell: Are you more hopeful about libertarian film-making generally? James Jaeger: I believe progressivism, far-right conservativism, totalitarianism and mob-rule democracy based on the philosophies of Marx, Comte and Rousseau are played out. All that’s left for the human race to explore politically is Libertarianism and ULTRA laissez-faire capitalism. [....] I do emphasize however that – given that state of the current cultural Marxist-infested morals of society – we still DO need government, thus I am not (yet) willing to sell out to the more anarchistic strains of Ayn Rand Libertarianism.

Monday, June 14, 2010

• • Free markets need a spiritual dimension 
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Atheism  |Capitalism  | In a recent editorial at the Daily Bell, Dr. Nathaniel Brandon, perhaps Ayn Rand’s most famous disciple, wrote a wonderful article entitled “The Foundations of a Free Society.” In the article, he pointed out that a free-market approach, while admirable, lacks a certain spiritual element. This is an enormously important point and one to which the free-market movement likely pays too little attention.