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By Butler Shaffer

From a libertarian standpoint, premised upon admire for personal estate and the rejection of coercion, a dialogue of what's known as "intellectual estate" - e.g., copyrights, patents, emblems - needs to concentrate on a similar questions that attend extra normal inquiries into estate possession. How do such pursuits come into lifestyles? How is decision-making exercised? and the way are pursuits transferred or misplaced?

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In addressing what he calls “the size theory of social misery,” Leopold Kohr observes that “[w]herever something is wrong, something is too big,”[8] a dynamic as applicable to social systems as in the rest of nature. [11] The current political mantra, “too big to fail,” is a product of the dysfunctional nature of size when an organization faces energized competition to which it must adapt if it is to survive. Walter Adams has provided a good overview of the impact of government regulation in fostering increased size.

All of these early inventions and creations were accomplished, as far as is known, without a violence-backed monopoly to prevent others from copying them. How many painters, sculptors, inventors, writers, and philosophers, produced their works out of no greater motivation than a deep inner sense of being that insisted on expressing itself by creative means? What anticipation of material rewards drove our prehistoric ancestors to make their handprints on the walls of ancient caves in Spain and France?

No more than can spontaneity be commanded, can the creative process be constrained by boundaries and barriers that protect the creative outcomes of others. The adverse consequences of fostering uniformity and standardization go beyond the short-term disadvantages experienced by creative individuals. Such practices are the outgrowth of thinking that values the stabilizing of systems that have proven productive in the past. Herein are found the origins of institutionalized organizations, with the state using its coercive powers to stabilize the positions of established interests, whether by regulating and restricting the forces of change, or by the use of various subsidies.

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