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World Thinkers 2015: Cody Wilson

Libertarian theorist and activist. United States

By Prospect Team  

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In 2012, when still a law student at the University of Texas in Austin, Cody Wilson announced in a You Tube video that he would soon be able to print a gun, which he called the “Liberator,” using a 3-D printer. He managed to do just that the following year, and set up a nonprofit organisation called Defense Distributed, from whose website anyone can download the design. Wilson’s exploits in DIY firearms manufacturing, as well as his involvement in the…

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