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Property Rights

Property Rights

Executive Summary

1. Waterfall is a guided, in-depth program for everyone interested in studying systematically issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.

2. Four-to-six mini-courses per year are scheduled on perennial and contemporary themes—Money, Socialism, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Slavery and Reparations, Objectivity, Envy, Capitalism, Individual Rights, Egoism versus Altruism, and more.

3. Each course includes content ranging from memes, videos, podcasts, texts by Ayn Rand, curated intellectual and scholarly texts by Objectivist and other thinkers from a variety of perspectives.  

4. Executive Summaries written by Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Researcher Andrei Volkov, and others are provided for the longer items to give busy people an essentialized overview and/or to highlight the key themes for those who will pursue the in-depth reading. 

5. This course: Property Rights. Examine the sources and controversies over individuals’ right to use and control the fruits of their intellectual and physical labor. 

6. Authors included in the course are: Ayn Rand, Armen Alchian, Adam Mossoff, Timothy Sandefur, the International Property Rights Index, and others. 

7. A meme series—some advocating the Objectivist view, some complementary to it, and some hostile to itis also available with serious, humorous, and adversarial content. 

8. Links to additional recommended items are provided for those wanting further study.

9. Anyone can follow the Waterfall courses in self-guided fashion or by joining an informal online seminar with others interested in Objectivism. The seminar is organized by Lorence Olivo. To participate in the seminar, enroll today as an Atlas Intellectual.

My Name is Property
Week 1
My Name is Property
Week 1
Ayn Rand, "Man's Rights"
Week 2
Ayn Rand, "Man's Rights"
Week 2
Armen A. Alchian, “Property Rights”
Week 3
Armen A. Alchian, “Property Rights”
Week 3
Eminent Domain: A Primer
Week 4
Eminent Domain: A Primer
Week 4
Adam Mossoff, “Intellectual Property and Property Rights”
Week 5
Adam Mossoff, “Intellectual Property and Property Rights”
Week 5
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