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31. Block, Walter E. Forthcoming, 2021. Evictionism: the libertarian solution to the seemingly unresolvable pro-life and the pro-choice debate. Springer Publishing Company

30. Block, Walter E. 2021. Free Enterprise Environmentalism. Lexington books
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498586856/Free-Enterprise-Environmentalism
978-1-4985-8685-6 • Hardback • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-8686-3 • eBook • $45.00 • (£35.00)

WALTER E. BLOCK – CONTRIBUTIONS BY DANIEL COFFEY; DREDA CULPEPPER; PATRICK ENGLISH; JACOB HUEBERT; JAY JOHNSON; CHRISTIE LAPORTE; JOHN LEVENDIS; JOSEPH MORREL; AMY MOTICHEK; LEW ROCKWELL; ANDREA SANTORIELLO AND EMILY SCHAEFFER
In Free Enterprise Environmentalism, Walter E. Block argues that laissez-faire capitalism can address climate change more effectively than socialism and government regulation. Block advocates for the role of markets, free enterprise, limited government, and private property rights in service of environmental protections. Covering topics such as extinction, overpopulation, pollution, and resources exhaustion, this volume offers alternate solutions to environmental degradation than have been proposed by the political left.

Loyola students, Loyola ex professor, preseent Loyola professor, students of mine from when I taught at Holy Cross

29. Block, Walter E. 2021.  Defending the Undefendable III. Springer Publishing Company; https://www.amazon.com/Defending-Undefendable-III-Walter-Block/dp/9811639566/ref=sr_1_24?dchild=1&keywords=libertarianism&qid=1623439836&s=books&sr=1-24; https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-3957-9; ISBN: 978-981-16-3957-9; for book reviewers: https://www.springer.com/gp/reviewers 

To purchase: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-3957-9

28. Block, Walter E. and Alan Futerman. Forthcoming, 2021.  The Classical Liberal Case for Israel. Springer Publishing Company

https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811639524; https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-3953-1;

for book reviewers: https://www.springer.com/gp/reviewers 

To purchase: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-3953-1

https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=lang_en&id=wvBLEAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&ots=M14c2Hef1I&sig=hLBfrDNdKXs7wBStCSq4277sG_w#v=onepage&q&f=false

27. Block, Walter E. and Alan Futerman. 2021. The Austro-Libertarian Point of View. Springer Publishing Company.

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-4691-1

for book reviewers: https://www.springer.com/gp/reviewers 

To purchase: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-4691-1

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2:52 am on November 11, 2021

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Space Travel

From: R.J. Smith

Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:42 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: You can add space travel to your list of things the State wants to tax.

https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1414253148944826371?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1414253148944826371%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxbusiness.com%2Fpolitics%2Fcommercial-spaceflight-the-next-frontier-for-taxes

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From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:00 PM

To: R.J. Smith

Subject: RE: You can add space travel to your list of things the State wants to tax.

Dear Bob:

I wrote a book about this sort of thing:

Nelson, Peter Lothian and Walter E. Block. 2018. Space capitalism: the case for privatizing space travel and colonization. Palgrave Macmillan; https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-74651-7;

Best regards,

Walter

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3:18 am on October 31, 2021

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The Pure Time-Preference Theory of Interest

From: DontPeal MyOnion

Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 3:07 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: The Pure Time-Preference Theory of Interest

Dear Walter:

I have searched far and wide, for references, with your take on ‘The Pure Time-Preference Theory of Interest’.

The only reference I found was: “Professor Rothbard and the Theory of Interest.” In Man, Economy, and Liberty. Walter Block and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., eds. Auburn, Ala.: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 1988.

I’m writing this asking if there is a reference out there (that I missed) with your take on the PTPF. If there isn’t could you quickly explain your take?

Best regards,

Richard Lechko

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1:43 PM

To: DontPeal MyOnion

Subject: RE: The Pure Time-Preference Theory of Interest

Dear Richard:

What about this:

Block, Walter E., William Barnett II and Joseph Salerno. 2006. “Relationship between wealth or income and time preference is empirical, not apodictic: critique of Rothbard and Hoppe,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 69-80; http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11138-006-6094-8http://www.gmu.edu/rae/archives/VOL19_1_2006/4-Block_Barnett_Salerno.pdf

Block, Walter E. 1978. “The Negative Rate of Interest: Toward a Taxonomic Critique,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. II, No. 2, summer, pp. 121-124; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/2_2/2_2_4.pdf

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2006. “On exchange, monetary credit transactions, barter, time preference, interest rates, and productivity.” Etica e Politica / Ethics & Politics; Vol. VIII, No. 2, pp. 116-126; http://www.units.it/~etica/2006_2/BARNETTBLOCK.pdfhttp://www.units.it/~etica/;

Best regards,

Walter

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From: Craig Duddy

Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2021 3:04 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: The Ricardo Effect

Dear Professor Walter Block,

I have been working for a couple months now on a paper about Hayek’s Ricardo effect. Though I have way overshot my targets multiple times and will likely now have to turn it into a book. I am working extremely hard to have it out by next month, and I was wondering if you have the time if you’d be interested in taking a look and giving me your thoughts on it. The layout of the paper/book I have now is;

Introduction

Hayek’s Theory of the Ricardo Effect

Internal Rates of Return and Interest Rates

The Problem of Real Wages

The Conflict at LSE

The Structure of Production

Clark, Knight and Bohm-Bawerk

Hayek vs Keynes

Capital re-switching and Cambridge

The Productivity of Investment

The Pure Time Preference Theory of Interest

A Rehabilitation of the Ricardo Effect

At present there is a few chapters unfinished and I am pouring everything I know into it and its around 90 pages as we speak. I hope that you’ll be able to see my contributions to economic theory, and I am looking forward to seeing you speak at Mises U.

All the best,

Craig.

From: Walter Block

Sent: 19 July 2021 05:12

To: Craig Duddy

Subject: RE: The Ricardo Effect

Dear Craig:

Send me this material. I’ll take a peek at least at part of it, probably not all of it.

Stay safe.

Best regards,

Walter

From: Craig Duddy

Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:47 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: RE: The Ricardo Effect

Dear Professor Walter Block,

I’ll leave the link to the work below, it is unfinished and unedited currently but I’d love to hear your thoughts on some of the sections that are finished.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_p3LRopXfcnbLjRHeeMDrGm62kIBX3xbCZ76UJB5sNk/edit?usp=sharing

Best Regards,

Craig

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Saturday, July 24, 2021 2:59 PM

To: ‘Craig Duddy’

Subject: RE: The Ricardo Effect

Dear Craig:

The entire manuscript needs a bit of copy editing.

Suggestion: submit this to a journal like the Review of Austrian Economics, or the Quarterly Journal of Austrian economics, and get substantive critiques.

I can’t respond to all of what you write, I’ve got too many other commitments. I’ll focus on just two.

1.

“When calculating labour costs businessmen do not look at real wages. They instead look at the relative ratio of prices between specific wages rates, which are based on both marginal productivity of labor and marginal costs. Within the typical business cycle, one that normally lasts for several years, entrepreneurs focus on short-run production, thus only making nominal prices relevant. This means there is no need to adjust for inflation. Pricing of labor is appraised from the given employees marginal productivity but also to sales and profits.”

I disagree with this. Ceteris paribus, businessmen who ignore real wages will go bankrupt. (copy editing: it should be wage rates, not wages rates; it should be employees’, not employees). The ratio of wage rates and prices IS real wages, so I’m confused about that sentence. Entrepreneurs do not “focus on short-run” anything. Rather, they focus on present discounted values, if they want to prosper. “Sales and profits” are incorporated into discounted marginal revenue productivity, and thus your ”also” is misplaced.

2.

That Skousen diagram near footnote 16. More copy editing: you should number your pages. You don’t criticize Skousen, rather, you rely on him.

I’m a bit of a critic of his:

Block, Walter E. 2020. “Unblocking Progress in Austrian Economics: Response to Skousen.” Revista Procesos de Mercados, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 313-326; https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://www.procesosdemercado.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Vol_XVII_1_2020_Notas-1.pdf&hl=eshttps://search.proquest.com/openview/2bb6dc0192967b03d7e94362bd35ffbb/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=686495;

https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://www.procesosdemercado.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Vol_XVII_1_2020_Sumario-1.pdf&hl=es;

Barnett II, William and Walter E. Block. 2016. “Gross Output – Another Government Con.” Revista Procesos de Mercado Autumn, Volume XIII, no. 2, pp. 13-39; http://www.procesosdemercado.com/pdf/2016-2-new/PM2016_2_02_Arti%CC%81culo%201.pdf (critique of Skousen)

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2006. “On Hayekian Triangles.” Procesos De Mercado: Revista Europea De Economia Politica; Vol. III, No. 2, Fall, pp. 39-141; http://mises.org/journals/scholar/block18.pdfhttp://www.academia.edu/1359916/On_Hayekian_Triangleshttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1880543

This might also be of interest to you:

Block, Walter E. 1990. “The Discounted Marginal Value Product – Marginal Value Product Controversy: A Note,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. IV, pp. 199-207; http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae4_1_7.pdf;

http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/R4_7.pdf; reprinted as Block, Walter E. 1994. “On Marginal Productivity Theory,” Peter Boettke, ed., The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics, Hants, England: Edward Elgar, pp. 123-130; http://www.academia.edu/1355567/The_Discounted_Marginal_Value_Product_-_Marginal_Value_Product_Controversy_A_Note

I hope and trust some of this will be of help to you. Where are you now going to school?

Best regards,

Walter

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From: Dimitrios Nomidis

Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 1:37 AM

Subject: The Disproof of Neoclassical Theory by Means of Its Own Means

Dear Professor,

Please permit me to make known to you my article on the Microeconomic Theory, which has been recently posted on the SSRN website:

The Disproof of Neoclassical Theory by Means of Its Own Means  http://ssrn.com/abstract=3745905

My research so far, which reveals fundamental mathematical mistakes of the conventional economic theory, is based mainly on the (wrong) conception of neoclassical theory for the price taking and the horizontal demand curve for the firm. This article, however, demonstrates these mistakes of conventional theory by using the methodology of the conventional theory itself, without getting involved in the controversial issue of the horizontal or sloping demand curve for the firm. The correction of those errors changes dramatically the conventional theory about Perfect Competition, Price Theory, Income Distribution, Social Welfare, and brings about significant socio-political implications.

I would appreciate very much, in particular, your comments and opinion on this research.

Sincerely,

Dimitrios Nomidis  Author Page for Dimitrios Nomidis :: SSRN

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 1:52 PM

To: ‘Dimitrios Nomidis’

Subject: RE: The Disproof of Neoclassical Theory by Means of Its Own Means

Dear Dimitrios:

Please send me your entire paper and I’ll take a peek at it. What you sent me gives me only the abstract.

I’ve written on similar topics; these may interest you:

Block, Walter E. 1995. “Professor Modigliani on price controls: the baleful influence of the perfectly competitive model,” International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 27-30; http://www.mises.org/etexts/Modig.pdfhttp://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/modigliani.htm;

Barnett, William II, Walter E. Block and Michael Saliba. 2005. “Perfect Competition: A Case of ‘Market-Failure,’” Corporate Ownership & Control. Vol. 2, No. 4, summer, pp. 70-75; http://www.academia.edu/1355598/Perfect_Competition_A_Case_of_Market-Failure

Barnett, William II, and Walter E. Block. 2006. “Rothbard on V shaped average and total cost curves.” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Vol. 9, No. 3, Fall, pp. 61-66; http://mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae9_3_4.pdf

D42 – Monopoly:: monop::

Anderson, et al., 2001; Block, 1977, 1982, 1994, 1999A, 1999B, 2008, 2009, 2017; Block and Barnett, 2009; Barnett, Block and Saliba, 2005, 2007; Hilland and Block, 2014; Raskin and Block, 2007; Rothschild and Block, 2016; Sløk-Madsen and Block, 2018; Wysocki and Block, 2018.

Anderson, William, Walter E. Block, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Ilana Mercer, Leon Snyman and Christopher Westley. 2001. “The Microsoft Corporation in Collision with Antitrust Law,” The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring, pp. 287-302; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/microsoft_antitrust.pdfhttp://www.jspes.org/spring2001_anderson.htmlhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/228250112_The_Microsoft_Corporation_in_Collision_with_Antitrust_Law?ev=prf_pub

Block, Walter E. 1977. “Austrian Monopoly Theory — a Critique,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. I, No. 4, fall, pp. 271-279; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/1_4/1_4_1.pdf

Block, Walter E. 11/14/81. “Abiding flaws in competition proposals,” The Financial Post.

Block, Walter E. 1982. A Response to the Framework Document for Amending the Combines Investigation Act, Vancouver: The Fraser Institute. (60 pages) isbn: 0-88975-051-3; First Part: https://www.scribd.com/doc/252440414/A-Response-to-the-Framework-Document-1-29; Second Part: https://www.scribd.com/doc/252440427/A-Response-to-the-Framework-Document-30-60

Block, Walter E. ed. 1986. Reaction: The New Combines Investigation Act, Vancouver: The Fraser Institute; http://www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/7083.aspx

Block, Walter E. 1994. “Total Repeal of Anti-trust Legislation: A Critique of Bork, Brozen and Posner, Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 35-70. http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae8_1_3.pdf

http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/r81_3.pdf

Block, Walter E. 1999A. “Naked Exclusion,” Humanomics. Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 141-148; http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1672581; 10.1108/eb018843;

Block, Walter E. 1999B. “Optimal Export Policy for a New Product Monopoly: Comment on Bagwell,” Cross Cultural Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 29-32; http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1881051

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Market monopoly is apodictically impossible” Corporate Ownership & Control. Vol. 5, Issue 3, Spring (Continued-3), pp. 385-389

Block, Walter E. 2017. “Radical Privatization: Oceans, Roads, Heavenly Bodies.” Romanian Economic and Business Review, Vol. 12, Summer, pp. 41-56; https://econpapers.repec.org/article/raujournl/v_3a12_3ay_3a2017_3ai_3a2_3ap_3a41-56.htmhttp://www.rebe.rau.ro/RePEc/rau/journl/SU17/REBE-SU17-A4.pdf

Block, Walter E. and William Barnett. 2009. “Monopsony Theory.” American Review of Political Economy June/December, Vol. 7(1/2), pp. 67-109; https://sites.bemidjistate.edu/arpejournal/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/12/v7n1-2-block-barnett.pdfhttp://www.arpejournal.com/

Barnett, William II, Walter E. Block and Michael Saliba. 2005. “Perfect Competition: A Case of ‘Market-Failure,’” Corporate Ownership & Control. Vol. 2, No. 4, summer, p. 70-75; http://www.academia.edu/1355598/Perfect_Competition_A_Case_of_Market-Failure

Barnett, William II, Walter E. Block and Michael Saliba. 2007. “Predatory pricing.” Corporate Ownership & Control, Vol. 4, No. 4, Continued – 3, Summer; pp. 401-406; http://virtusinterpress.org/additional_files/journ_coc/issues/COC_(Volume_4_Issue_4_Summer_2007_Continued3).pdf 9 (pp. 397-…)

Hillman, Jordan and Walter E. Block. 2014. “Poker and Gambling: A Positive Competitive Game.” Competitiveness Review. Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 433-443; http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/CR-07-2013-0065http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/cr/24/5http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/CR-07-2013-0065.

Rothschild, Daniel Y. and Block, Walter E. 2016. “Don’t Steal; The Government Hates Competition: The Problem with Civil Asset Forfeiture.” The Journal of Private Enterprise, 31(1): 45-56; http://journal.apee.org/index.php/2016_Journal_of_Private_Enterprise_vol_31_no_1_parte4.pdf

Raskin, Max and Walter E. Block. 2007. “Justice Department Goes After Gates’ Foundation.” July 3; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/raskin/raskin19.html

Sløk-Madsen, Stefan K. and Walter E. Block. 2018. “Who should own the North Pole? LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources, Vol. VI., No. 2, pp. 477-503;

https://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/jelr/https://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/jelr/vol6/iss2/9/https://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/jelr/vol6/iss2/9

Wysocki, Igor and Walter E. Block. 2018. “An analysis of the supply curve: does it depict homogeneity among its constituent elements? Another rejoinder to Nozick.”  Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST). pp. 1-11;

http://www.meste.org/mest/MEST_Najava_clanaka.html;

http://mest.meste.org/MEST_Najava/XI_Wysocki.pdf; DOI 10.12709/issn.2334-7058;

Best regards,

Walter

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From: Chancellor Clay

Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 3:00 PM

To: wblock <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Book inquiry

Dear Mr.Block,

My name is Chancellor Clay and I’m 15. I just finished reading my copy of The Privatization of Roads and Highways.

I thoroughly enjoyed diving into this economic concept that is used by statists to belittle anti-statism.

I was curious if I could send my copy to your office to get autographed? If so, I’ll be sure to include a SASE for return shipping.

Best Regards,

Chancellor Clay

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 5:18 PM, Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear Chancellor:

You’ve got a deal, on one condition: when you apply for college admission, you have to consider enrolling at Loyola University and studying with me and my free enterprise colleagues. Agreed.

Which city do you live in?

Best regards,

Walter

From: Chancellor Clay

Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 2:07 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: RE: Book inquiry

Dear Mr.Block,

I will definitely take you up on your offer in regards to Loyola! I took a look at the programs offered there and they appear to be bountiful.

My family and I recently moved to Northern Wisconsin. I will be attending Nicolet Community College this following school year via their dual credit program for high schoolers. I plan on studying business and economics if all permits.

I have only briefly dipped my toes into Anarcho-Capitalist and free market theory. Do you personally have any books that you suggest for beginners in this field of study?

Best Wishes,

Chancellor Clay

Dear Chancellor:

The two books started me off on this path are Hazlitt’s Econ in 1 Lesson and Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

I would also add Rothbard’s, Ethics of liberty and For a new liberty

Best regards,

Walter

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3:28 pm on October 29, 2021

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From: Nathan

Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:24 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Right to Work

What are your thoughts on right to work laws?

Nathan Fryzek

Dear Nathan:

Block, Walter E. 2012. “Right To Work Laws: A Libertarian Analysis.” December 21; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block214.htmlhttp://moralanarchism.tumblr.com/post/38493951854/right-to-work-laws-a-libertarian-analysis-by-walter;

http://www.targetliberty.com/2015/01/rand-paul-vs-walter-block-on-right-to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TargetLiberty+%28Target+Liberty%29https://www.lewrockwell.com/2012/12/walter-e-block/right-to-work-laws-alibertariananalysis/

Best regards,

Walter

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3:34 am on October 28, 2021

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Dear Alex:

I’m not sure I hit the nail on the head on this one. It is a toughie. But, lack of knowledge never stops me from publishing! My thought is that even if my ideas on a tough subject such as this are only half baked, half is better than nothing. Perhaps if I publish something no matter how imperfect, others can add to it, and thus my publication even though erroneous, will still help our movement get that one millionth of an inch closer to the Truth with a capital T. In any case, here are my puny, pathetic efforts in this regard:

Dyke, Jeremiah and Walter E. Block. 2011. “Explorations in Property Rights: Conjoined Twins.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, Art. 38; http://libertarianpapers.org/2011/38-dyke-block-conjoined-twins/http://libertarianpapers.org/38-explorations-property-rights-conjoined-twins/

Best regards,

Walter

From: Alex

Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 2:40 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Conjoined Twins and Self-Ownership

Dear Walter,

I have yet another question for you regarding self-ownership, this one I was approached with in a conversation today actually. We were discussing general libertarian arguments and these were the problems they proposed:

How would self-ownership work for conjoined twins? Furthermore, what would be the case if they happened to share the same brain. The person who asked me this proceeded to further argue that self-ownership cannot exist if brains can be connected, and that self-ownership (and Hoppe’s argumentation ethics) assumes that individuals have individuals bodies. They linked me this paper to demonstrate: https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/the-illusion-of-individualism-helped-us-succeed-as-a-species-but-now-the-scales-are-tipping/ They argued “how could you have sole-use over your body if there is the potential that you won’t”.

I’ll send exactly what they said to me below.

“Now what about combined twins that share the same brain. Are they two different people or no?”

“Self-ownership doesn’t exist if brains can be connected: want a link to a source?” (The source they sent is the link above).

“Who owns the body is the question? No one. Argumentation ethics and self-ownership assume that individuals have individual bodies”

“How can you have sole use over your body when there’s a potential that you won’t? That goes for everyone”

“Through technology you can connect brains together.”

I’m not really sure how to approach this. It looks like a modern critique as the usage of technology seems to be required for these problems to be valid. I have asked other people about this but since you have worked on Evictionism for so long you may have a much more nuanced response. I know I gave you a lot of stuff to think about, so feel free to respond whenever you want.

Best regards,

Alex

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Dear Dylan:

Wow.  A fascinating letter. Thanks. Who is Liberdy?

In my opinion, only human beings, live ones that is, have rights. Not animals, not dead people, not ghosts, ghouls, other such entities.

I like to send questioners stuff I’ve written about a given topic. I’m having difficulty here.

This is the best I can do:

613. Green, Cole, Alex Hernandez and Walter E. Block. 2021. “Private Property Rights and the Deceased.” Management Education Science Technology journal (MEST); Vol. 9 No. 1, January, pp. 15-27

https://www.meste.org/mest/M/a_m.htmlhttps://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2021/17_03.pdfhttps://www.meste.org/mest/Archive/MEST_IX_9_1.pdf

612. Green, Cole, Alex Hernandez and Walter E. Block. 2020. “Private Property Rights and the Deceased.” The Review of Social and Economic Issues, v. 2, n. 2, pp. 5-22; http://rsei.rau.ro/images/V2N2/Cole%20Green.pdf

Montgomery and Block, 2016; Block and Craig, 2017; Block, 2020

Montgomery, Stephen and Walter E. Block. 2016. “Animal torture and thick libertarianism.” Review of Social and Economic Issues (RSEI), Vol 1, No. 3, Spring, pp. 105-116. http://rsei.rau.ro/images/V1N3/Articol_5.pdfhttp://www.rebe.rau.ro/RePEc/rau/rseijr/SP16/RSEI-SP16-A5.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Steven Craig. 2017. “Animal torture.”  The Review of Social and Economic Issues (RSEI); http://rsei.rau.ro/index.php/lasthttp://rsei.rau.ro/index.php/10-published-issues/10-volume-1-number-4

Block, Walter E. https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/two-challenges-to-libertarianism/

Block, Walter E. 2020. “On Huemer on Ethical Veganism.” Studia Humana.

Volume 9:2, pp. 53-68; DOI: 10.2478/sh-2020-0013;

http://studiahumana.com/wyd,34.htmlhttp://studiahumana.com/pliki/wydania/10443-Volume9_Issue2-07_paper.pdfhttps://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/sh/9/2/article-p53.xml; file:///C:/Users/WBlock/Downloads/[22990518%20-%20Studia%20Humana]%20On%20Huemer%20on%20Ethical%20Veganism.pdf;

https://doi.org/10.2478/sh-2020-0013

Best regards,

Walter

From: Dylan S

Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:17 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Libertarian Property rights and the Supernatural

Dear Prof. Walter E. Block,

I am writing you this email to ask a very strange question out of a peculiar curiosity. As you know it is fast approaching to Halloween; I have been really getting in the mood by reading Nietzsche and Schopenhauer and other existentialists to get me in a Halloween mood and going to friends houses and watching Halloween movies. Halloween is a big thing for me and part of that is my seasonal watch of the 1988 movie “Beetlejuice” directed by Tim Burton; while watching the film I kept asking myself questions, like “What ever happened to Alec Baldwin?” And “No way any child ever acted like that off screen” but most importantly I came onto questions about libertarian ideas of property rights; how, in a libertarian society would property rights work for ghosts. This has truly puzzled me and I exhort you to think about it. Also, what would a libertarian analysis of the Beaurocratic afterlife be? Or how would Beetlejuice enforce his marriage contract? How would certain ideas like common law work in the afterlife?

Also was it justified to hire the Bio Exorcist to help remove the occupants in trade for the child. I could keep going on about how many questions I had but maybe you could give me some of your thoughts?

If you do reply to this email. Thank you so much I appreciate the work you do for the Mises Institute; my friend nicknamed “Libirdy” online claims to be a student of yours; is in close contact with you and he is an absolute legend. Thank you for the influence you’ve had on him since it has lead to a fair share of people engaging with libertarianism as a result; lead to me being able to break down and understand Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia in his online book club. Anyways,

Best Regards

Dylan A. Shepherd.

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Discussion on Libertarianism with Steve Pinker

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:58 AM

To: Steven

Subject: friends

Dear Steve:

I hope and trust, despite this, that we are still friends. In fact, I’m sure of it:

Block, Walter E. 2021. “Did a Harvard professor just refute libertarianism?” September 29; https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/09/did_a_harvard_professor_just_refute_libertarianism.html

Any chance I can convert you to the one true faith, libertarianism?

Best regards,

Walter

From: Pinker, Steven

Sent: Friday, October 15, 2021 1:19 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: RE: friends

Still friends, Walter! Still, taxes and social spending are ubiquitous for a reason. As I argue in Enlightenent Now,

Social spending inoculates citizens against the appeal of communism and fascism. Some of the benefits, like universal education and public health, are public goods that accrue to everyone, not just the direct beneficiaries. Many of the programs indemnify citizens against misfortunes for which they can’t or won’t insure themselves (hence the euphemism “social safety net”). And assistance to the needy assuages the modern conscience, which cannot bear the thought of the Little Match Girl freezing to death, Jean Valjean imprisoned for stealing bread to save his starving sister, or the Joads burying Grampa by the side of Route 66.

Best,

Steve

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Friday, October 15, 2021 1:36 PM

To: ‘Pinker, Steven’

Subject: RE: friends

Dear Steve:

Good to hear from you. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

Assistance to the needy, both to inoculate them against bad things, and to help them, is virtuous. But why should govt do that. Charles Murray in his Losing Ground demonstrates that this breaks up the family, especially the black one, which is not a good thing.

As for public goods, in my view this is an economic fallacy (the quote from Rothbard I think is definitive):

Barnett and Block, 2007, 2009; Block, 1983, 2000, 2003; Cowen, 1988; De Jasay, 1989; Fegley, et al, 2021; Holcombe, 1997; Hoppe, 1989; Hummel, 1990; Osterfeld, 1989; Pasour, 1981; Radnitzky, 1989; Rothbard, 1997; Schmidtz, 1991; Sechrest, 2003, 2004A, 2004B, 2007; Tinsley, 1999.

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2007. “Coase and Van Zandt on Lighthouses,” Public Finance Review, Vol. 35, No. 6, November, pp. 710-733

Barnett, William and Walter E. Block. 2009. “Coase and Bertrand on Lighthouses,” Public Choice; 140(1–2):1–13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11127-008-9375-x

Block, Walter E. 1983. “Public Goods and Externalities: The Case of Roads,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. VII, No. 1, Spring, pp. 1-34; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/7_1/7_1_1.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2000. “Word Watch,” April 20; http://www.mises.org/fullstory.asp?control=414&FS=Word+Watch

Block, Walter E. 2003. “National Defense and the Theory of Externalities, Public Goods and Clubs.” The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production, Hoppe, Hans-Hermann, ed., Auburn: Mises Institute, pp. 301-334; http://www.mises.org/etexts/defensemyth.pdf

Bibliography. Undated. http://www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/Mises?hl=en&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&q=public%20goods

Cowen, Tyler, ed. 1988. The Theory of Market Failure: A Critical Examination, Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press; http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Market-Failure-Critical-Examination/dp/0913969133/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200191409&sr=1-1

De Jasay, Anthony. 1989.  Social Contract, Free Ride: A Study of the Public Goods Problem. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press; http://www.amazon.com/Social-Contract-Free-Ride-Paperbacks/dp/0198239122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200191531&sr=1-1

Fegley, Tate, Kristoffer Mousten Hansen and Karl-Friedrich Israel. 2021. “Rothbard’s Underappreciated Contributions to Public Goods Analysis.” March 2;

https://mises.org/wire/rothbards-underappreciated-contributions-public-goods-analysis

Holcombe, Randall. 1997. “A Theory of the Theory of Public Goods,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 10, No. 1: 1-10; http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/RAE10_1_1.pdf

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1989. “Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. IX, No. 1, Winter, pp. 27-46; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/9_1/9_1_2.pdf

Hummel, Jeffrey. 1990. “National Goods vs. Public Goods: Defense, Disarmament and Free Riders,” The Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. IV, pp. 88-122; http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae4_1_4.pdf

Osterfeld, David. 1989. “Anarchism and the Public Goods Issue: Law, Courts and the Police,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter, pp. 47-68; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/9_1/9_1_3.pdf

Pasour, Jr., E.C., 1981, “The Free Rider as a Basis for Government Intervention,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. V, No. 4, Fall, pp. 453-464; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/5_4/5_4_6.pdf

Radnitzky, Gerard. 1989. Review of De Jasay, Anthony. 1989.  Social Contract, Free Ride: A Study of the Public Goods Problem. Cato Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 263-270 (Spring/Summer).

Rothbard, Murray N. 1997. The Logic of Action: Applications and Criticism from the Austrian School, Vol. II, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

Rothbard’s (1997, 178) reductio absurdum of public goods is as follows: “A and B often benefit, it is held, if they can force C into doing something. . . . [A]ny argument proclaiming the right and goodness of, say, three neighbors, who yearn to form a string quartet, forcing a fourth neighbor at bayonet point to learn and play the viola, is hardly deserving of sober comment.”

Schmidtz, David. 1991. The Limits of Government: An Essay on the Public Goods Argument, Boulder Co: Westview Press

Sechrest, Larry.  2003. “Privateering and National Defense: Naval Warfare for Private Profit”, pages 239-74, The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production, edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama.

Sechrest, Larry.  2004A. “Public Goods and Private Solutions in Maritime History.” The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 3-27.

http://www.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae7_2_1.pdfhttps://dev.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae7_2_1.pdf

Sechrest, Larry.  2004B. “Private Provision of Public Goods: Theoretical Issues and Some Examples from Maritime History,” ICFAI Journal of Public Finance, August, Vol. II, No. 3, 45- 73; http://www.mises.org/journals/scholar/Sechrest7.pdf

Sechrest, Larry. 2007. “Privately Funded and Built U.S. Warships in the Quasi-War of 1797-1801,” The Independent Review, Summer, Vol. 12, No. 1: 101-113.

Tinsley, Patrick. 1998-1999. “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Case for Private Police,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter, pp. 95-100; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/14_1/14_1_5.pdf

National defense::

Block, 2003; Cowen, 1988; De Jasay, 1989; Hoppe, 1989; Hummel, 1990; Pasour, 1981; Rothbard, 1997; Schmidtz, 1991; Sechrest, 2003, 2004A, 2004B, 2007

Block, Walter E. 2003. “National Defense and the Theory of Externalities, Public Goods and Clubs.” The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production, Hoppe, Hans-Hermann, ed., Auburn: Mises Institute, pp. 301-334; http://www.mises.org/etexts/defensemyth.pdf

Cowen, Tyler, ed. 1988. The Theory of Market Failure: A Critical Examination, Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press; http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Market-Failure-Critical-Examination/dp/0913969133/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200191409&sr=1-1

De Jasay, Anthony. 1989.  Social Contract, Free Ride: A Study of the Public Goods Problem. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press; http://www.amazon.com/Social-Contract-Free-Ride-Paperbacks/dp/0198239122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200191531&sr=1-1

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1989. “Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. IX, No. 1, Winter, pp. 27-46; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/9_1/9_1_2.pdf

Hummel, Jeffrey. 1990. “National Goods vs. Public Goods: Defense, Disarmament and Free Riders,” The Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. IV, pp. 88-122; http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae4_1_4.pdf

Pasour, Jr., E.C., 1981, “The Free Rider as a Basis for Government Intervention,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. V, No. 4, Fall, pp. 453-464; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/5_4/5_4_6.pdf

Rothbard, Murray N. 1997. The Logic of Action: Applications and Criticism from the Austrian School, Vol. II, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

Schmidtz, David. 1991. The Limits of Government: An Essay on the Public Goods Argument, Boulder Co: Westview Press

Sechrest, Larry.  2003. “Privateering and National Defense: Naval Warfare for Private Profit”, pages 239-74, The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production, edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama.

Sechrest, Larry.  2004A. “Public Goods and Private Solutions in Maritime History.” The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 3-27.

http://www.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae7_2_1.pdfhttps://dev.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae7_2_1.pdf

Sechrest, Larry.  2004B. “Private Provision of Public Goods: Theoretical Issues and Some Examples from Maritime History,” ICFAI Journal of Public Finance, August, Vol. II, No. 3, 45- 73; http://www.mises.org/journals/scholar/Sechrest7.pdf

Sechrest, Larry. 2007. “Privately Funded and Built U.S. Warships in the Quasi-War of 1797-1801,” The Independent Review, Summer, Vol. 12, No. 1: 101-113.

I’m gonna blog this, unless I hear from you to the contrary.

Best regards,

Walter

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