Slander, Libel and Blackmail – Who owns your reputation?

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I have only recently discovered Walter Williams, but he is so frank and clear and brilliant in his analysis, that I hope you find time to discover him as well.  He recently wrote an article, “We Don’t Need Bad Law” which I find very compelling.  Here is the quote I offer from that article,

     “There’s a question about reputation that never crosses even the sharpest legal minds. Does one’s reputation belong to him? In other words, if one’s reputation is what others think about him, whose property are other people’s thoughts? The thoughts I have in my mind about others, and hence their reputations, belong to me.”WilliamsThere is also a great essay about the concept of blackmail linked in the article.  Check it out here.

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