There’s a very interesting interview with John Perry Barlow, former Greatful Dead lyricist, founder of the EFF, and libertarian up at Reason today. He talks about intellectual property law, the division between bohemian libertarians and Ayn Rand libertarians; the advantages of being a libertarian in the Democratic vs. in the Republican party, and why he’s supporting Kerry in the coming elections.
Very sharp guy, although I found some of the interview disheartening. He seems to thave bought into the “corporations are the real problem” worldview, and his reasons for supporting Kerry over Bush are as vague as any I’ve heard (immediately after endorsing him he relates how he met Kerry, and described him as spineless and even more political than most career pols). He seems to think that Kerry will somehow be better for civil liberties, despite having voted for the very PATRIOT act which Barlow is now fighting in court. I’m getting tired of hearing how Kerry is “better than the other guy” in some vague, undefinable way.
Still, most of his points are very insightful and worth reading, particularly on the topic of IP law.