Dear J: There are several ideas here. I disagree with you that reputation can’t be bought and sold. It is. It is called good will. Firms sell for more than their capital equipment based on that type of reputation. On the other hand, no one owns his reputation, since it consists of the thoughts of other people, and none of us own the thoughts of other people. I make this point in my book Defending I, in the chapter on libel. Also, I don’t see how this issue impacts on the case for anarchism, which I support. Best regards, Walter … Continue reading A Libertarian Perspective on Libel and Property in Reputation; Does the Calculation Problem Explain Politics?
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