For liberty, life and property … but not the ownership of ideas

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November 30, 2011
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"The question of what can be the proper subject of ownership -- what is property? -- is an important theme of libertarianism. It arises in discussion of such diverse topics as slavery, pollution, animal rights and intellectual property. It is with intellectual property (by which is commonly meant, copyright and patent) that the question becomes unusually difficult, for what is being claimed is the ownership of intangibles, of ideas." (11/29/11)  


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