Piracy, Protests, and the Problem of China

An interesting article about why property rights matter and why China’s abuse of them is a problem, and why America hasn’t been able to do more. Whether or not one believes in intellectual property (IP), the argument is something worth considering as it addresses a more modern view of law through the ius gentium by arguing for a law which undergirds any and every human government; the author then pivots to argue that ignoring and violating this law accounts to lawlessness within a government. We could easily make this argument from the eighth commandment (Exod 20:15) and the need to respect the civil government’s authority (Rom 13:1-7). Much of this also hinges on China’s own declarations of what its view of IP are.