Visiting Libertopia: The Magical Power of Property

Friday, January 23rd, 2004 | Internet gucken

This is part of my series on the problems with libertarianism. This piece only applies to those libertarians who believe in “intellectual property”.

I visited Libertopia one day to see how they were doing. I met a smart fellow named Bluejean, and we ducked into a cafe and discussed how Libertopia had addressed some of our pressing political issues.

Aaron: So back in the States we’re having a big argument about whether the government should control the sale of guns or not.

Bluejean: Hah, you silly Americans! In Libertopia we’d never allow the government to restrict our freedoms like that.

Aaron: Oh, I see. So anyone can just go to a store and buy a gun without any waiting period or background check?

Bluejean: Yep, pretty much.

Aaron: I’m surprised. Can you show me one of these stores?

Bluejean: Well, there aren’t really any around…

Aaron: Oh, why not?

Bluejean: Well, we support strong property rights here in Libertopia (the government shouldn’t interfere with something as important as property) so all the different gun inventions are owned. When we first started, the government held an auction to decide who would get the inventions, and Gil bought all the gun-related ones. Well, Gil turned out to be a little paranoid, so he enforced his property rights to get back all existing guns and ensure no more were ever created. So really you can only get a gun if you’re a friend of Gil.

Aaron: What?! That’s worse than our system! At least in the States we vote on whether to allow guns or not, but here it’s all up to Gil!

Bluejean: Hey, it’s his property. As Locke said, “The great and chief end, therefore, of men’s uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property.”

Aaron: Doesn’t anyone protest this? I mean, surely Libertopia has freedom of speech.

Bluejean: Of course! Our government can’t tell us what to say and what not to.

Aaron: So why don’t you take out an ad in the newspapers?

Bluejean: Gil owns all the newspapers. And the radio stations. And the TV networks.

Aaron: Well, what about the Internet?

Bluejean: Well, Gil could sue you for defamation.

Aaron: You have defamation law? I thought you said the government didn’t restrict speech.

Bluejean: Well, it’s not a silly defamation law like in the US where we tell people what they can’t say for their own good. It’s just that Gil has a property right in what people say about him, you can’t infringe on it without his permission.

Aaron: But that’s worse!

Bluejean: Hey, “The Libertarian way is […] based on the moral principle of self-ownership.” (source) There’s nothing more important than protecting one’s property right in themself!

Aaron: Don’t you see? Your country is a police state, they’ve just bamboozled you by calling it property instead of government regulation. But your freedoms are being taken away all the same.

Bluejean: That’s nonsense. No one could take away our freedoms in Libertopia. Now you’ll have to excuse me, I need to go pay Gil for having this conversation.

Aaron: Huh?

Bluejean: Oh, this cafe is owned by Gil — he has listening devices overhead and he charges whenever someone uses his name in conversation.

Bluejean walks off.

Aaron: But what about privacy? And free speech? And …

Aaron sits there amazed, until a waiter comes by and informs him it’s past Gil’s curfew and he must get home quickly. [Aaron Swartz]

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libertarian
21. May 2004

brother grouchy… i dare YOU to say something… much respect, so let’s have a forum here please…

CHILDREN of the american ruse, you do not want to hear this… so go ahead and shut your ears and close your eyes and die like lambs to the slaughter!!!

revolution beyond the former methods, now!!!

gotta figure out what the deal is… Bush may not be the answer… Kerry may not be the answer… so where are we?

pawns in the system? yeah seems so…

so what do we do… er, nothing????

ok, wrote a while back said abbie died and so… should the rest.. thought I was a neo-con didn’t you?????? i don’t want anyone to off themselves… but wake the fuk up!!!!

yeah you ALL had it wrong… MYSTERY SOLVED WEAK CHILDREN!!! John and Leni would have NO papers for the activists today!!!

are you truley a liberal??? no, you are not… gotta think outside the box to be a mover and then shake the shakers!!!!

we all want peace… regardless of who you are in America, we all have had it pretty good for the most compared to the rest… think about it, we do have it pretty good but the freedom makes us complacent… abbie died for more… you know it’s the truth even if you are too weak to deal with it… you have to break the foundation to bring revolution…

is the expensive wine making us drunk? yeah brother it is… real drunk… so drunk we have forgotten where our keys are and who we are… fukd again!!

so, is the war just??? hell no… because no war is…

BBBUUUUUTTTT…

someone wants to kill us… is it Osama?… is it the CIA?… maybe both… but unless we are weak and just subscribe to the conspiracies… it looks like its not (all) the CIA… Osama and the extremeist’s that pervert Islam are trying to kill us… if you think this is neo-con, realize that our sisters would be killed (not just mis-lead, as our government does) by the extremists perverting Islam… heard about the female circumcision commonly done by them? oh and don’t forget that they who would pervert Islam also think it’s OK to rape and kill women… brothers and sisters, this is not a fuking political thing… Bush is a pawn… and regardless of what the bullshiite might say Kerry will be a pawn just the same… we the people just don’t (seem) to matter… push it… push it until it falls to the ground… get out of the houses and move something…

the daughters and sons of tommorrow will die at the hand of those who would pervert Islam and we can sit back and target the neo-cons or we can target they who would pervert Islam and intend to kill us (especially because we are a religiously free country… and this includes the right to not practice religion… read bout the fuking Taliban and realize the as much as the neo-cons piss us off… they are infants compared to those who flew the planes into the twin towers!!!! you can say this is bullshiite but then that would just prove the complacency of todays liberals… move something dammitt!!!)

you do not want to hear this… so go ahead and shut your ears and close your eyes and die like a lamb to the slaughter!!! or move something!!!!

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