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How Copyright Laws, a Judge, and a Bad Decision Have Crippled the World
By: Barry Belmont

Today, Judge Denny Chin ruled against Google‘s plans to make available some 12 million books in a digital library that could be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. “While the digitisation of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many,” Chin wrote in his decision, Google “simply go[es] too far, [...]

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In God We Trust: A Case Study
By: Barry Belmont

Some people, as it turns out, see absolutely nothing wrong with the national motto of “In God We Trust” appearing on all sorts of things, including the money supply, schools, public universities, etc. This is because their cultural and cognitive biases are blinding them to the actual offensiveness of such a statement by merely reaffirming [...]

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Intellectual Property, Insomnia, and Lulz
By: Barry Belmont

What happens when you combine eclectic, off-the-wall musical tastes, a healthy sense of mockery for intellectual property, and an unceasing bout of insomnia? Well…a post like this. Some of you may recall from our (three?) intellectual property meetings that things can get awful tricky when trying to parse out copying ideas, borrowing themes, being influenced, [...]

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Wouldn’t it be absurd?
By: Barry Belmont

…to say that because the treatment of women (and their right to wear pants) within a society is wholly determined by the subjectivity of the members of that society that we can’t say there is anything wrong with this? Clearly we can say this is wrong. Lock, stock, and barrel. It’s time to stop pretending [...]

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Wanna Learn to Make Botulinum Toxin Kids?!
By: Barry Belmont

Well, thanks to the freedom of speech, the internet, and a guy with both, you can learn how to make some of the deadliest creations in all of human history. To put this in some kind of perspective, it is speculated that a few grams of this stuff could kill hundreds of thousands of people, [...]

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A Difference of Ethical Systems
By: Barry Belmont

I had a teacher today claim, with a straight face, that there is no such thing as right and wrong answers to questions of morality. She purported that there is no significant difference in the overall well-being of people in Sweden as opposed to those of Rwanda. She claimed that a suicide bomber is morally [...]

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It’s one of those things that should put it all in perspective.
By: Barry Belmont
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When Governments Fail: The Right to Die
By: Barry Belmont

A French high court has just decided that a 52 year-old disfigured woman (seen at right) who has suffered unimaginable physical and psychological pain due to a rare disease is not allowed to have her qualified (and willing) doctor administer a lethal dose of drugs to end her suffering and kill her. Law should exist only insofar as it [...]

2 Comments Posted in Irrational, Law, The State
Dear Turtle, Or; Just Because You Think, Doesn’t Make It So
By: Barry Belmont

Recently, John and I participated in a tri-partisan debate wherein we debated our view of libertarian philosophy with two other political clubs, the Young Democrats and the College Republicans. We talked about this and we talked about that (perhaps we’ll even post a blog or two about our feelings about the debate itself), but it [...]

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The Ennui of Attending a State-Funded School
By: Barry Belmont

Having found myself with about ten minutes of free time in between studying for my state-funded classes (Principles of Animal Behavior and Mechatronics) at my state-funded school (the University of Nevada, Reno), I decided I’d use it to address what has to be one of the most often repeated criticisms of we libertarians over here [...]

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