Category Archives: Property rights

How Blocking Immigration Violates the Rights of the Native-Born

Like most public policies, immigration policy can be illuminated by thinking about the property rights involved. What are the implications for immigration policy of your right to use your property as you see fit? I explore the question in a recent piece at the Learn Liberty blog. Here are two slices: Imagine a representative scenario: A groupContinue Reading

How Free-Market Internet Will Protect the Little Guy

An earlier post gave a rights-based reason to oppose “Net Neutrality”: Internet service providers own their fiber optic cables, switches, and so on, the physical infrastructure of the Internet. It’s their property. Their rights to their own should be respected. Not everyone is persuaded by rights-based reasoning. Dan H., for example, discussing the post onContinue Reading

All We Need to Know About “Net Neutrality”

In thinking about the controversy over “net neutrality” that President Obama stirred up on Monday, we should keep in mind that private ownership and freedom of exchange are the foundations of a free society. Internet service providers own their fiber optic cables, switches, and so on, the physical infrastructure of the Internet. It’s their property.Continue Reading

Can the Oil-Export Ban

Here is a letter to The Wall Street Journal: To the editor: Why do we have a taint of Soviet-style central planning in the American oil industry? Americans’ high standard of living, not to mention our status as a free society, results from private ownership rights and freedom of exchange. So why should American oilContinue Reading

Undermining Terrorism With Property Rights

If young men in the Arab world had meaningful prospects of economic advancement, they would not be drawn into jihadi groups. Hence the key to successfully opposing ISIS and other extremist groups is to set up the institutions necessary for free-market capitalism: private ownership and freedom of exchange. So argues the great Peruvian Hernando deContinue Reading

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