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Butler Shaffer

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AwardsGary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Defense of Liberty

Butler Shaffer is Professor Emeritus at Southwestern University School of Law. He is the author of In Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign Against Competition, 1918–1938 and Boundaries of Order.

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The Myth of the Constitution

Legal System

Blog04/06/2017
Claims about the Constitution's "limited" power sound reassuring — except to those who have read the Constitution or the cases decided under it.

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A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property

Legal SystemPrivate Property

06/11/2014Audio/Video
Butler Shaffer's contribution to libertarian legal theory and an indispensable guide to a vital topic...

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In Defense of History

World HistoryCalculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

01/30/2014Audio/Video
Presented at the 2012 Mises Institute Supporters Summit. Recorded at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, on 26 October 2012. Includes an introduction by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., and the awarding of the 2012 Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Defense of Liberty.

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A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property

Legal SystemPrivate Property

01/07/2014Books
What is the status of intellectual property? Are patents and copyrights legitimate in a free society?

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How Intellectual Property Distorts Big Business, Science, and Creativity

Legal SystemEntrepreneurshipInterventionism

01/07/2014Mises Daily Articles
The state’s creation of patent and copyright interests doesn’t prevent innovations, but it does erect hurdles that discourage research. The “traditional enemies of innovation [are] inertia and vested interest,” factors contributed to by the government practice of giving...

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