You know, now you mention it, government is needed to enforce intellectual property protections!

Tim Worstall, Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, replies to my previous post:

No, I don’t read here[Libertarian Home], this being a good example of why. Libertarianism tends towards the angels on pins sort of arguments.

As for government doing the things that must be done…..there really are such things as public goods. And there really are some such that can only be achieved with the compulsion of government. For example, the creation of protections for IP.

I don’t say that the current system is right, not at all, but I do say that some such system is needed. And it will need to be government produced, through the law.

Ergo, there’s something that must be done and can only be done by government.

If Tom Knapp still pops by, I think this might raise a smile.

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2 thoughts on “You know, now you mention it, government is needed to enforce intellectual property protections!

  1. A=”something that must be done and can only be done by government…”

    of course, 3 billion people have their own specific casting of A. “Angels on pins” is a strange phrase from one who dangles the fancy that the State abides only by the A that rummages in one’s head…

    How many “must be dones” can you fit in the mind of god?

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    1. “”Angels on pins” is a strange phrase from one who dangles the fancy that the State abides only by the A that rummages in one’s head…”

      It certainly is! It’s dishonest, too, as it happens, because I was doing no such thing.

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