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Coercion and Rights

In the two previous posts I have shown that a common anarchist argument against taxes fails and that the community may morally obtain your property, even if you must be coerced to do so. So it is simple to show that coercion is sometimes permissible in the case of property rights. Governments also claim the right to (under some circumstances) confine someone forcibly, kill them, and regulate behav...

Creator’s Rights

So far, I have discussed three objections to the first argument for copyright. I think that it should be quite clear that the argument is a failure. However, the second argument is much stronger and more frequently used. The second argument claims that ” creators” have a right to what they create. The so-called right of creators to what they create does not exist as such. When someone ...

Freedom of Expression

I have been discussing various freedoms. I have already discussed the freedom of speech and the freedom of association. I had mentioned creativity in friendship and speech. It is this freedom that I will now describe. Freedom of expression is the freedom to produce, permit, encourage and participate in creative activities. Remember that freedom always aims at some good. It seems that creative acti...