Libertarian Continuum Fallacy

In this article, I will examine the Libertarian versions of the Continuum Fallacy.


Both the pro & anti-I.P. sides have some truth to them. Truth is all property rights *(including "libertarian" property rights)* are imperfect and must be balanced with other property rights. The same is true with intellectual property Without having researched property rights and intellectual property rights indepth, most people are unaware of this. It is infact your property rights which prevent another person from acquiring all the property surrounding yours and preventing you from traveling. While an absolutely-perfectionist property advocate might have difficulty handling such a vague "violation" of property, most other property advocates understand that such imperfections exist within all forms of property.

Continuum Fallacy

The "Continuum fallacy" demonstrates this point well:

  • The continuum fallacy causes one to erroneously reject a vague claim simply because it is not as precise as one would like it to be. Vagueness alone does not necessarily imply invalidity. The fallacy appears to demonstrate that two states or conditions cannot be considered distinct (or do not exist at all) because between them there exists a continuum of states. According to the fallacy, differences in quality cannot result from differences in quantity.

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