Viruses and Property Rights

Viruses and Property Rights

By Duncan Whitmore

In recent post on the LRC blog, Michael S Rozeff has attempted to demonstrate that pro-freedom arguments made in terms of self-ownership, private property, or the non-aggression principle are ill-equipped to handle a problem such as a contagious virus. It is not entirely clear whether Rozeff is arguing that “property rights solutions” are inherently unable to address such matters, and/or whether they are merely unpersuasive compared to other arguments that libertarians have at their disposal (such as utilitarian arguments). Either way, however, much of what Rozeff says is severely wanting.

Says Rozeff:

Libertarians who attempt to apply 100% body ownership to every situation run into insoluble problems. They frequently try to solve them by deciding what is aggression and what is not, or equivalently who has rights or not, or equivalently whose 100% body property rights are being violated. Sometimes the suggested solutions involve odd behavior that looks immoral, and the confusing and arguable rejoinder is that body ownership theory is a theory of rights, not morality.

In the first place, it is misleading to characterise the libertarian position as one of “100% body ownership” for it conveys the impression that anyone should be able, quite literally, to do whatever they like with their bodies. The correct position is that you should be able to do what you want with your body provided that it does not physically interfere with the body or property of another person without that person’s consent. Rozeff, both here and later, seems to ignore this basic but important qualification. Continue reading

Did SAURON run a “browser-hijacker” prog to trick Denethor through his palantir?

David Davis

I don’t know. Do you? But it sounds like a fun idea. I’ve had experience of it recently.

My Palantir now no longer responds to Sauron‘s commands for it to be redirected to porn sites, the Ukraine, and other places like it where antispywaremaster, privacyconductor and stuff like that come from. Etc. Or perhaps I have become “stronger”, against evil. I do not know.

These people, whom we have liberated, ought to tell their young men who have nothing to do in the night and therefore no girls to f**k, (what else is there to do in the night?) to learn capitalist manners, which is that you DO NOT release (or, worse, even, write) viruses and malware programmes and send them onto the internet.

The Internet is your friend. not your enemy. Stupid people. Think where you would be, if Putin had a red-hot-pliers and was dragging at your fingernails, like he knows how to do? He’s the Prime Minister right now, but how long before he’s in the Police again? Silly boys, think!

Machine now happily fixed but I still don’t like Firefox. IE-Explorer 7 runs fine now with PCTools spyware doctor in the backgound, and not really any slower as far as I can tell. Perhaps Mozilla should have called it Shadowfax?

I do not know.