More Rule of the Clan Over at Cato

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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3 Responses

  1. Brett Bellmore says:

    ” robust government capable of vindicating the public interest is vital for individual autonomy.”

    Of course, any libertarian would tell you, “Sure, and we passed “robust government capable of vindicating the public interest” a long while back, and are well into “tyranny of the transient plurality”. “Panopticon totalitarian state” is pulling into view.”

    The problem is, a government a TENTH the size of ours would qualify as “robust”.

  2. Shag from Brookline says:

    Considering this portion of Mark’s opening:

    ” ,,, and for libertarians of an anarchist perspective, the opposition between the individual and the state is fundamental and irreconcilable.”

    seems to be what attracted our troll Brett’s knee-jerk (jerk-knee?) reaction to Mark’s follow up:

    “I believe this view is significantly mistaken.”

    As I remind visitors to this and other blogs Brett trolls at from time to time, he is a self-proclaimed anarcho-libertarian and a Second Amendment absolutist. Can we expect Brett to actually take the time to read Mark’s essay in its entirety before shooting from the lip (First Amendment)?

  3. Joe says:

    The first comment speaks of “a long while back” — when was this?

    Is the 1960s, the beginning of which began with people being able to be kept from lunch counters if they are black, the time period? The 1990s when homosexuals could still be arrested for having sex with consenting adults? Today with a range of problems including environmental, crime, inequality etc.? What is the “public interest” is perhaps the better question. The “libertarian” who supports, e.g., a range of limits on voting rights will have different views on the question than others who is equally concerned with guns, voting and marriage equality.