Alienability: Rejoinder to Kuflik
Humanomics, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2007
21 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 19, 2011
Purpose – The purpose of writing this paper is to defend the doctrine of commodification, or alienability: that there are no exceptions to the principle that all things that are owned may be legally sold.
Design/Methodology/Approach – The approach of this paper is to consider arguments to the contrary, mainly those, in this case, furnished by Kuflik, and then to refute these arguments.
Findings – The conclusion of this paper is that socialism, the view that purchases and sales, markets, free enterprise, is unjustified, is mistaken. Non-alienability is part and parcel of the critique of markets. To the extent it is countered, markets are strengthened.
Research Limitations/Implications – Future research would probe more deeply into anti-market arguments.
Practical Implications – The practical implications is that the law should legalize markets in body parts, and, more radically, should recognize voluntary slave contracts.
Originality/Value – This is virtually an entirely original paper, in that there are only a very few publications that defend complete alienability, such as does this one.
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