Past Meetup

Intellectual Property (IP) Debate

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With the Aaron Swartz IP case ( still fresh in peoples mind, and with IPA Awareness ( videos flooding the airwaves; The Peace, Prosperity and Freedom club will be hosting a debate between two distinct natural rights philosophies: Libertarianism and Objectivism.

"… patents are the heart and core of property rights."
— Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966 [with similar references throughout her work]

"So-called intellectual property rights such as patent and copyright are monopoly privileges granted by the state that dilute and undermine property rights in scarce resources."
— Stephan Kinsella, Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics, 2013 [his "Against Intellectual Property" opus was published 12 years ago]

The debate will be between Benjamin Marks ( (supporting Libertarianism) and David Prichard ( (supporting Objectivism).

The debate will last around 20 minutes, and include time for audience questions; followed by dinner with the debaters and other members.