I wanted to offer here a 1998 lecture I gave on my first book at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. I had moved to Minneapolis at the start of September 1997, which I have discussed in other places.
The embedded video runs one hour but has an intermission for the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. It was presented on a cable channel in Minneapolis in March 1998..
Two remarks about the second half.
One is that if I had it to do over, I would talk about the Second Amendment specifically, and whether it is an “individual right” in an absolute sense (Heller case in DC). You can subsume it as part of property rights or self-ownership, as there needs to be a fundamental right to defend one’s property of life. Of course, this is difficult today given many recent events.
The entire speech lays bare the culture wars over group rights, systemic racism, and the like.
Also the idea of self-defense as a fundamental right should have been discussed in my 1998 “Our Fundamental Rights” booklet.
When mentioning copyright in the second half, I should have noted that facts themselves cannot be copyrighted.
(Update: Thursday Feb. 3, 11 PM EST: The portion that connects my William and Mary expulsion in Nov. 1961 to the debate over gays in the military and “don’t ask don’t tell” appears from 42:34 and 49:40, about 7 minutes.)
(Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2021 at 11:30 PM by Joh W. Boushka)