Monday, January 11, 2010

Murder, What Else?

Hat-tip LRC:
American drones dropped in Pakistan kill at least 10 times as many civilians as terrorists and/or Taliban (Pakistani and/or Afghan),  according to a July Brookings report. Now the Pakistan government reports that 39 out of 44 drone attacks killed nothing but civilians in 2009.  Obama now owns the Afghanistan War and has stepped up the drone attacks. Note that 10/11 = a 91% deadly error rate, and that 39/44 = an 89% error rate. These confirm one another and the “success” of drone warfare against civilians.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

40 Reasons for Gun Control has a great list of the best reasons for gun control. This one is by far my favorite:
8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Questions on Intellectual Property

Stephen Kinsella posts a list of questions from a high school student seeking answers regarding the legitimacy of intellectual property "rights", as well as his answers. They provide a good introduction to the anti-IP position. These are the questions asked, click here for his answers:
  1. What would you say is the most powerful argument against copyrights and patents?
  2. What would you respond with to someone who argues that resources do not have to be finite or scarce in order to be allocated as property?
  3. How would you respond to Lysander Spooner’s argument that property is wealth that is owned, and wealth includes ideas since they can be manifested into tangible wealth?
  4. What about the argument that people own their minds, so they own the mental products?
  5. Some anti-IP people believe in a right to first sell. Would you say that the original creators should have a right to sell the creation first? Why or why not?
  6. What would you respond to someone who claims that if there were copies all around, the original inventor wouldn’t get as much profit as he should have?
( intellectual property)