Archive for the ‘Property rights’ Category

The contraceptive mandate is wrong for the same reasons the rest of Obamacare is wrong

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Later this month, the Supreme Court will begin hearing Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. regarding Hobby Lobby's objection to Obamacare's "contraception mandate" on the grounds that it violates the owners' religious freedom to abstain from paying for anyone's contraception. Obamacare requires Hobby Lobby to provide its employees only certain ...

Fox has no legitimate claim over Jayne Cobb hats

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Blastr and ThinkGeek report that 20th Century Fox Television has sent cease & desist letters to Etsy users to ban them from producing homemade versions of the hat that Jayne Cobb received from his mother on the short-lived Fox show Firefly. This might be the most absurd example of intellectual property ...

On emergency contraceptives, pharmacists, and individual rights

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

A lot of people seem to be confused about what rights a pharmacist has to refuse to fill certain prescriptions, particularly the morning-after pill or other emergency contraceptives, and what things a customer can force a pharmacist to do, so I'll explain it here. Any consideration of rights or justice must ...

Right-to-work laws are un-libertarian

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A local (Michigan) radio show was recently discussing the right-to-work law being debated in the state legislature. One pro-union caller said (paraphrasing), “It’s simple math. When a union represents the employees of a company or of an industry, the employees earn higher wages because the union has major bargaining power ...

Government-enforced net neutrality

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The only part of the phrase "government-enforced net neutrality" that is relevant is the "government-enforced" part. There are so many arguments against the position that the Imperial Federal Government should enforce net neutrality that I had a hard time knowing where to begin. They include: Most problems with cable companies ...

Kent McManigal’s Bubble Theory of Property Rights

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I liked Kent McManigal's text-to-speech video delineating his Bubble Theory of Property Rights. His theory and the concepts and language he uses to explain it are in complete agreement with my "sphere of liberty" model of self-ownership and non-aggression, which I've summarized here (although, as I thought about when I ...

Yes, it is absolute, and no, it is not debatable

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

In any discussion of libertarian anarchism or even basic free-market economics with someone who is not very libertarian, a libertarian is likely to encounter a response to the effect of, "Well, I see your point about individual freedom and government power, but I believe that everything should have its limits ...

That refusal-to-put-out-house-fire story

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Only this morning did I hear about the South Fulton, TN, fire department responding to a house fire but then declining to put the fire out because the homeowners had not paid the annual $75 protection fee. I thought about using this story to explore some issues of statism and ...

Fish in a barrel 7

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I've been a little depressed about how little time I have/make for blagging and reading about politics and economics this year, but it's because I'm working a lot, exercising five or six times a week, and watching things obsessively on DVD, like Star Trek and Futurama and True Blood. I ...

Health care is not a right

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Health care is not a right. No one has a right to health care. This has been said before and explained in better, more detailed terms than I'm going to here, but it bears repeating and needs explaining plainly and frequently. As difficult as it is to define abstract ideas ...

David Henderson: in defense of Avatar

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

If you haven't seen Avatar yet, you should; the plot might be incredibly predictable and, actually, almost identical to that of Poul Anderson's novella Call Me Joe or Robert F. Young's novella To Fell a Tree, but what you get out of it is the best visual, graphical, cinematic experience ...

Fish in a barrel 3

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Nate Anderson of Ars Technica wrote, Licensed spectrum came into being for a reason. In the early days of radio, unlicensed radio stations in urban areas regularly got into "power wars" with rival stations, leading to plenty of static. Compared to this free-for-all, the licensing of radio stations in the US, ...