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Is There A Right To Life in the Libertarian Philosphy?

Letter 1

From: DontPeal MyOnion

Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2020 8:11 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Individual Rights

Hey, Mr. Block in one of your lectures you said “there’s no right to life” could you elaborate on why this is so?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRb0uOnx2nA&t=158s from 1:45 – 1:56

Letter 2

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 8:53 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear DPMO:

Who do I have the pleasure of communicating with?

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3

From: DontPeal MyOnion

Sent: Monday, December 28, 2020 5:01 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Individual Rights

My name is Richard Lechko, I am 16, I am a High School student in the U.S.A who reads political theory and I have gotten down a lot of economic groundwork in the Austrian school of thought and so now I am looking into philosophy. I have just received the book A History of Western Philosophy The Classical Mind by W.T. Jones and I am having trouble understanding what you meant when you said that you do not believe in the right to life. I’ve developed my knowledge on individual/natural rights from reading Ayn Rand’s lexicon and so hearing you say that there is no right to life is sort of conflicting to me.

If you are not available that is completely understandable!

Sincerely, Richard Lechko

Letter 4

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 6:13 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear Richard:

I will undertake to substantively respond to your questions, but, I have a price: when choosing a College, you will seriously consider enrolling at Loyola. Do we have a deal?

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 5

From: DontPeal MyOnion

Sent: Monday, December 28, 2020 10:31 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Individual Rights

I am still undecided on what I want to do with my life. I have 2 career choices to choose from and that is either: Computer Science or Political Science.I have not been swayed to go for either but if I do choose Political Science it would make the most sense to be mentored under your guidance. But I can tell you that I will consider enrolling to Loyola (New Orleans, LA).

Letter 6

Dear Richard:

That’s good enough for me. Now, to answer your question.

Libertarians oppose all positive rights, up to and including the so called right to life. We favor only negative rights: the right NOT to be murdered, NOT to be raped, NOT to be stolen from. All rights imply a correlative duty. So, with these rights, everyone has an obligation NOT to murder, NOT to rape, NOT to steal.

In very sharp contrast, positive rights also logically imply obligations. If people have a right to food, clothing and shelter, others have an obligation to supply those things to them. But, from whence do these obligations arise. From nowhere, since they are not legitimate rights. Rather, they constitute theft. If Peter has a right to food, then Paul is obliged to give food to him. But that constitutes theft from Paul.

Now, at long last, we arrive at the right to life. If I have a right to life, you are obliged to see to it that I remain alive. Thus, you become a slave of mine. I can order you to keep me alive, and you are legally obligated to obey me. I will then in effect have kidnapped you, enslaved you, but that is an obvious rights violation.

Right now, there are people dying in the poorer parts of our planet. If they have a right to life, then you and I and everyone else still living is a murderer. That’s nonsense on stilts.

Do you agree with this?

Best regards,

Walter

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Libertarianism and the Nuke Question; Come to Loyola U to Study Austro-Libertarianism With Me

From: harris

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 9:25 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Two questions

Dear Mr. Block, I have several questions and I figured I would email you about these questions. My first question is that I want to get a degree in economics and possibly have a PhD in economics. I live in a mostly liberal/leftist state which is Washington State. Now, I looked and saw no universities in my state which has a professor that’s an austrian or teaches austrian economics. A lot of the schools that teach austrian economics or have austrian economists are over in the south or on the other side of the United States which I’m completely fine with. The only thing is out of state tuition which I might not be able to afford maybe if I get a scholarship I could get lucky not sure but I might have to go into debt doing so. Now, what would you reccomend for me to do in this situation? I mostly prefer being taught by an austrian. I saw the interview you just did where three people interview you and you mention something about having more people being students of already austrian economists. Being taught by a austrian economist really interests me. This is why I’m asking you this question about getting a degree in economics and possibly be a student of a austrian. Note that maybe there would be a austrian economist teaching in my state when I graduate from high school because I’m only 15 and I’m turning 16 next month.

My second question is under an anarcho-capitalist society how would we deal with nukes. The only thing I came to a conclusion if a person gets a hold of a nuke and launches it is a anti missle rocket or advanced technology in the world would counter that nuke. I have heard other people say nukes violate the NAP due to it can only be used in harmful ways. What is your opinion on nukes? Does it violate the NAP and are there other ways to counter nukes then what I listed to counter them?

Dear Harris:

Here’s my response to the nuke question:

Block, Walter E. and Matthew A. Block. 2000. “Toward a Universal Libertarian Theory of Gun (Weapon) Control,” Ethics, Place and Environment, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 289-298; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/theory_gun_control.pdfhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/228127780_Toward_a_Universal_Libertarian_Theory_of_Gun_(Weapon)_Control_A_Spatial_and_Georgraphical_Analysis?ev=prf_pubhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/228127780_Toward_a_Universal_Libertarian_Theory_of_Gun_Weapon_Control_A_Spatial_and_Georgraphical_Analysishttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/713665896

As for going to college, I urge you to apply to my school, among others, and see how much of a scholarship you can get.

Here’s the case in behalf of that plan:

Might you be interested in enrolling at Loyola and studying with me and my free enterprise-oriented colleagues? If so, take a peek at this material:

https://www.loyno.edu/

https://academicinfluence.com/people/walter-block

Loyola has a high tuition; this cannot be denied. However, this Jesuit University does award scholarships, not only on a need basis. As well there is the Walter Block Scholarship, which is additional to the funds offered by Loyola: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/12/introducing-walter-e-block-scholarship.html

Further info on the WB scholarship:

Block, Walter E.  2019. “Prospective libertarian students should consider the Walter Block scholarship.” February 3;

https://www.loyolamaroon.com/10021154/showcase/opinion-prospective-libertarian-students-should-consider-the-walter-block-scholarship/;

https://www.targetliberty.com/2018/12/an-opportunity-to-study-under.html

The Walter Block Scholarship

I have been a professor of economics at Loyola since 2001. During that time, I have had numerous excellent students, who were interested in my research projects: Austrian economics and libertarian theory. I have been lucky that many of these students, while still in high school, read my publications and listened to my speeches, some in person for example at the Mises University, and others on the web. As a result, they enrolled at Loyola in order to study with me, and my half dozen fellow free enterprise professors. This might not sound like all that much, given that we have some 200 professors, but, believe me, Loyola New Orleans is a beacon of light as far as Rothbardianism and Misesianism are concerned. At next door Tulane University, with a faculty at least triple our size, there are only two professors who fit this bill. And at LSU in Baton Rouge, quadruple our size, there is not a single solitary professor who espouses such a political economic philosophy. Yes, we have numerous social justice warriors, Marxists, feminists, professors, as do virtually all universities. But, at least at Loyola, a student will be introduced to both sides of debatable issues, unlike at most universities. As well, with so many professors who appreciate economic freedom, there are many students who also do. According to research I have seen, one of the best predictors of student satisfaction is finding friends among the student body.  You will, here at Loyola.

So, if you are a student at a junior or two year university, which has no libertarian professors, and no students of this persuasion either, think of transferring to Loyola. If you are a high school student, getting ready to apply to university, consider us. If you are a parent or grandparent of a college age person, do consider suggesting that they apply for admission to Loyola, in order to study with me and my free enterprise fellow colleagues.

Just recently, a former student of mine has set up a Walter E. Block scholarship. It is worth $25,000, for the next four years, for a total of $100,000. I am now able to disburse these funds to Loyola students who demonstrate an interest in private property, free markets and limited government. Make no mistake about this, Loyola’s tuition is very high. However, my school does give generous scholarships, based on financial need, and also for other reasons. My scholarship money will be in addition to those funds, not a replacement for them. So, apply to Loyola, even if you thought our price tag was too high. With this scholarship money at my disposal, we can be financially competitive even with public universities.

This award is for students who are interested in studying the economics of free enterprise, who are supporters of the philosophy of private property rights, limited government, deregulation, free trade. Please provide me with evidence of your interest in this libertarian free market philosophy. Books you have read on this subject? Book reports on them? Term papers on this subject? Leaders of this philosophy by whom you have been influenced? As an application, please write me a letter along these lines. You can reach me at wblock@loyno.edu

Block, Walter E.  2019. “Attention High School Students.” February 6;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/02/walter-e-block/attention-high-school-seniors/

Block, Walter E. 2017. “C’mon Down To New Orleans; The Water’s Fine. Enroll at Loyola University.” June 27;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/cmon-new-orleans-waters-fine-enroll-loyola-university/

Loyola Economics Students Published Widely in Refereed Journals; http://www.loyno.edu/news/story/2017/7/17/3962

http://business.loyno.edu/bios/faculty?field_bio_program_filter_value=Economics

Block, Walter E.  2017. “The Best Place to Study Undergraduate Economics.” June 30; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/06/the-best-place-to-study-undergraduate.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Wenzel, Robert. 2017. Interview with Walter E. Block. “The Inside Scoop on Studying Economics at Loyola University-New Orleans” September 3;

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/09/the-inside-scoop-on-studying-economics.html

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/09/the-inside-scoop-on-studying-economics.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Attention Students: Should You Get Your Ph.D. and Become a Professor?” June 28; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block104.html (debate with Gary North) https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/young-person-saved-from-academia/;

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/04/loyola-professor-attacks-austrian.html

Top Ten Contemporary Academics Helping The Political Right (I’m #8)

http://www.poletical.com/academics-helping-the-right.php

https://www.literature-map.com/max+stirner.html Literature map; some interesting writers

100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List (#46)

http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/libertarians-newsmax-freedomfest/2017/06/01/id/793510/

Block, Walter E. 2018. “Scholarship Opportunity: Spring 2019 New Business Students!” December 15; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/12/walter-e-block/scholarship-opportunity-spring-2019-new-business-students/

Wenzel, Robert. 2018. “An Opportunity to Study Under a Libertarian Great.” December 11;

http://www.targetliberty.com/2018/12/an-opportunity-to-study-under.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TargetLiberty+%28Target+Liberty%29

Wenzel, Robert. 2018. “Introducing the Walter E. Block Scholarship.” December 11; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/12/introducing-walter-e-block-scholarship.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Our economics department: http://business.loyno.edu/bios/faculty?field_bio_program_filter_value=Economics

Walter E. Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of more than 600 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds (including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and numerous others). He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows.  He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute, 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award (2005, 2008) and the Mises Institute’s Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; and the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007. Prof. Block counts among his friends Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard. He was converted to libertarianism by Ayn Rand. Block is old enough to have played chess with Friedrich Hayek and once met Ludwig von Mises, and shaken his hand. Block has never washed that hand since.  So, if you shake his hand (it’s pretty dirty, but what the heck) you channel Mises.

Walter E. Block received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University (1972). He has worked at Canada’s Fraser Institute and taught at Rutgers University, Baruch College, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Holy Cross College, and University of Central Arkansas. He is Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute, recipient of the Institute’s 2005 Murray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom and the 2011 Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty, and holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair at Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70118 wblock@loyno.edu. Loyola has among the highest proportion of free-market advocates of any economics department in the country (100%). Block is the author of Defending the Undefendable (I and II) and two dozen other books on economics, as well as over 600 journal articles. His latest few books are: Property Rights: The Argument for Privatization (2019); Philosophy of Law: The Supreme Court’s Non- Use of Libertarian Law (2019); Space capitalism: the case for privatizing space travel and colonization (2018); An Austro-Libertarian Critique of Public Choice (2017); Essays in Austrian Economics (2017). But he states that his greatest claim to fame is that he was a friend of Murray Rothbard’s for almost 30 years. He also brags that he shook the hand of Ludwig von Mises.

Top Ten Contemporary Academics Helping The Political Right (#8)

http://www.poletical.com/academics-helping-the-right.php

https://www.literature-map.com/max+stirner.html Literature map; some interesting writers; I’m in the middle, to the right of Hermann Hesse, and below Bruce Lee

100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List (#46)

http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/libertarians-newsmax-freedomfest/2017/06/01/id/793510/

Dr. Walter Block has been in the forefront of the libertarian movement for over 50 years. Lew Rockwell has transferred the title of “Mr. Libertarian” from Murray Rothbard to Walter: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2010/11/lew-rockwell/the-astounding-walter-block/. Professor Block has done 100s of youtube lectures and interviews. He is responsible for a dozen professors now spreading The Gospel According to St. Murray. He has published over 600 articles in refereed journals and law reviews, almost 30 books (including the ever-popular Defending the Undefendable), and literally 1000s of op-eds in newspapers and blogs, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Here is what Hayek had to say about Block’s book DTU: “Looking through Defending the Undefendable made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than fifty years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. Even now I am occasionally at first incredulous and feel that ‘this is going too far,’ but usually find in the end that you are right. Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it will still do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and in showing the falsity of these stereotypes you are doing a real service, although you will not make yourself more popular with the majority”

Block is a leading Austrian School economist and an international leader of the freedom movement. His earliest work Defending the Undefendable (first edition Fleet 1976, latest edition Mises 2008, translated in 12 languages) is now, more than 30 years later, still regarded as a classic of libertarianism. This collection of essays, which argues in behalf of societal villains as economic scapegoats based on the principles of nonaggression, forces its reader to think and to rethink his initial knee-jerk emotional responses, and to gain a new and far sounder appreciation of economic theory and of the virtues and operations of the free market economy. Block’s writing was inspired by Henry Hazlitt, the author of the most widely read economics text Economics in One Lesson. Block’s latest book is: Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty.

Block has been a fixture in the libertarian movement for some four Decades. He actually met Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, and was friends with, and mentored by, Murray Rothbard.  His contributions to academic libertarianism and to Austrian economics have been prodigious. Block’s writings continue to challenge the conventional wisdom (or ignorance) of how economics works and will retain its freshness for decades to come.  His public speaking style has been described as a combination of that of Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce and Murray Rothbard

Dr. Block has written over 600 articles for peer reviewed refereed journals, some two dozen books, and literally thousands of op eds for magazines and newspapers. Block appears widely on radio and television. He is a contributor to such scholarly journals as The Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Libertarian Studies, The Journal of Labor Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is currently Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, at Loyola University New Orleans.

Walter E. Block is the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics at Loyola University New Orleans. His Ph.D. was from Columbia University. His interests include Austrian economics and libertarian theory. He has published almost 600 articles in refereed journals, 27 books, and thousands of op eds.He lectures globally at university campuses, business and civic groups. He has a series on privatization (roads, oceans and space); his most popular books are Defending the Undefendable I and II; he is now working on volume III in this series plus a libertarian analysis of abortion. His main claim to fame is that he once played chess against Friedrich Hayek and on another occasion shook the hand of Ludwig von Mises, and never washed his hand afterward. It is now pretty dirty, but if you shake his hand, you channel this hero of his.

Mr. Libertarian:

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2010/11/lew-rockwell/the-astounding-walter-block/

https://libertarianism.fandom.com/wiki/Walter_Block

https://www.google.com/search?q=is+Walter+Block+Mr.+Libertarian%3F&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS790US790&oq=is+Walter+Block+Mr.+Libertarian%3F&aqs=chrome..69i57.13500j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Even some critics of libertarianism confer this honorific on me:

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Walter_Block

Top Ten Contemporary Academics Helping The Political Right (#8)

http://www.poletical.com/academics-helping-the-right.php

https://www.literature-map.com/max+stirner.html Literature map; some interesting writers

100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List (#46)

http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/libertarians-newsmax-freedomfest/2017/06/01/id/793510/

Autobiography: https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block21.html

https://libertarianconvention.org/speakers/walter-block/

URLs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfyVuSKkE0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfyVuSKkE0

http://www.walterblock.com/media/

http://www.walterblock.com/publications

http://www.walterblock.com/

www.WalterBlock.com/publications

www.mises.org/blockhttp://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=443

http://www.mises.org/media.aspx?action=showname&ID=443

http://www.bostream.nu/lal/Walter/Johan2.html#IV

http://cba.loyno.edu/faculty/Block/index.html

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=walter+block&btnG=Search

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=Walter+Block&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Search

www.walterblock.com http://www.walterblock.com (Kins)

Pic: http://business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblockhttp://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblock

http://business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblock

c.v.: http://www.cba.loyno.edu/faculty.html

http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblock

http://ssrn.com/author=71168

http://itunesu.mises.org/

http://mises.org/media.aspx?action=author&ID=443

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrTsaSUFfpo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WhqTtil7Ls&feature=channel_page;

http://mises.org/multimedia/block/block-Fraser.wmv

http://mises.org/Controls/Media/MediaPlayer.aspx?Id=4044 bsll

blog posts for the Mises Institute: http://blog.mises.org/author/walter_block/

Mises Daily articles: http://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=443

scholarly articles and book on the Mises Institute website: http://mises.org/literature.aspx?action=author&ID=443

http://www.walterblock.com/media

pic: http://tinyurl.com/23br6j2;

http://www.business.loyno.edu/system/files/images/loyola-university-new-orleans-walter-block_0.jpg;

http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/walter-block.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/walter1897/5015192410/

http://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=443

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=Walter+Block&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

Best regards,

Walter

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From: igor

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 5:15 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: a request

Dearest Walter,

I am writing a paper on Austro-libertarian theory of welfare trying to make it clear that justice weights infinitely more than efficiency. My aim is to ask a meaningful question of whether justice is positively correlated with efficiency. Some theories make this blunder of conceiving of efficiency only in terms or rights-respecting exchanges.

I vaguely remember that you had some polemic with Mr. Hudik about it, putting it very clearly that justice is a non-tradable good, which I loved!

Do you know of any other such statements? I definitely need some textual support in my paper.

Incidentally, how are things? What are you working on these days?

Hope you are safe and healthy!

Best wishes

Igor

Dear Igor:

I am not as familiar with the philosophical literature as I should be. So, I’m taking the liberty of copying on this four friends of mine who are professional philosophers and far more knowledgeable than me on this sort of thing.

Here are my pubs on Hudik; the first may be of help to you, of course not the third:

Block, Walter E. 2017. “Rejoinder to Callahan and Hudik on libertarian principles.” Cosmos and Taxis. Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 35-44; https://cosmosandtaxis.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/block_ct_vol4_iss1.pdf

Block, Walter E. and William Barnett II. 2015. “Rejoinder to Hudik on Transitivity.” Management Education Science Technology Journal; Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 81-86; https://www.facebook.com/www.meste.org;

http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2015/Sadrzaj_eng.html;

http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2015/5_09.pdf;

http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2015/K1_eng.html;

doi:10.12709/mest.03.03.01.09;

http://mest.meste.org/MEST_Najava/V_Block.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Igor Wysocki. 2018. “A defense of Rothbard on the demand curve against Hudik’s critique;” pp. 47-61, Summer; Acta Economica et Turistica; https://hrcak.srce.hr/201211https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=296319https://doi.org/10.1515/aet-2018-0004; file:///C:/Users/wblock/Downloads/aet_2018_0004.pdf

I’m not sure that justice weighs infinitely more heavily than efficiency or utilitarianism. What about when the mean nasty all-powerful Martians threaten to blow up our entire planet unless we kill one innocent Earthling person?

I’ve published a bit on that:

Block, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011

Block, Walter E. 2001. “Jonah Goldberg and the Libertarian Axiom on Non-Aggression.” June 28; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/orig/block1.html

Block, Walter E. 2002. “Radical Privatization and other Libertarian Conundrums,” The International Journal of Politics and Ethics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 165-175; http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/radical_privatization.pdf (murder park)

Block, Walter E. 2003. “The Non-Aggression Axiom of Libertarianism,” February 17; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block26.html

(15th floor flagpole)

Block, Walter E. 2004. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part I” Reason Papers, Vol. 27, Fall, pp. 117-133;

http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part II” Reason Papers, Vol. 28, Spring, pp. 85-109; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdfhttp://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdfhttp://www.reasonpapers.com/pdf/28/rp_28_7.pdf; (death penalty justified, net taxpayer, ruling class analysis p. 87)

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Response to Jakobsson on human body shields.” Libertarian Papers. http://libertarianpapers.org/articles/2010/lp-2-25.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2011. “The Human Body Shield,” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 625-630; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_30.pdf

Best regards,

Walter

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Defending the Undefendable and the Death Penalty for Murder

From: Alex Popovic

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 12:10 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Death Penalty

Dear  Walter Block,

I was watching one of your lectures from MisesU 2016. It was the lecture on your book defending the undefendable. It was a great lecture, I quite enjoyed it and I plan on purchasing your book defending the undefendable 1 and 2, also 3 whenever that releases if it is still coming out. I wanted to ask you for the link to the study you mentioned when you were talking about the death penalty and the correlations between death penalty states vs execution states in terms of the utilitarian discussion on the death penalty.

Regards

Aleks

Dear Alex:

Thanks for your kind words.

Here ’tis:

Becker, 1995; Block, 2003; Ehrlich, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975A, 1975B, 1976A, 1976B, 1977A, 1977B, 1977C, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982;  Ehrlich and Gibbons, 1977; Ehrlich and Posner, 1974; Rothbard, 2010; Whitehead, and Block. 2003;

Becker, Gary S. 1995. “The economics of crime,” Cross Sections, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, vol. 12(Fall), pages 8-15.

Block, Walter E. 2003. “Death Penalty Essential for Social Justice.” Loyola University New Orleans Loyola University New Orleans The Maroon; October 10; http://maroon.loyno.edu/news/2003/10/10/Editorial/Death.Penalty.Essential.To.Social.Justice-525232.shtml

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1972. “The Deterrent Effect of Criminal Law Enforcement,” Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. L (2), June, pp. 259-276.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1973. “Participation in Illegitimate Activities — A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation,” Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 81 (3), May/June, pp. 521-565.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1974. “Participation in Illegitimate Activities — An Economic Analysis,” in The Economics of Crime and Punishment, Becker and Landes, eds., Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 68-134.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1975A. “On the Relation Between Education and Crime,: in Education, Income, and Human Behavior, F.T. Juster, ed., Mcgraw-Hill Co., New York, pp. 313-338.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1975B. “The Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment — A Question of Life and Death,” American Economic Review, Vol. 65 (3), June, pp. 397-417

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1976A. “Deterrence: Evidence and Inference,” Yale Law Journal, Vol. 85 (2), December, pp. 209-227.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1976B. “Rejoinder,” Yale Law Journal, Vol. 85 (3), January.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1977A. “Fear of Deterrence — A Critical Evaluation of the Report of the Panel on Research on Deterrent and Incapacitative Effects,” Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 6 (2), June.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1977B. “Capital Punishment and Deterrence: Some Further Thoughts and Additional Evidence,” Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 85 (4), August, pp. 74l-788

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1977C. “The Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment: Reply,” American Economic Review, Vol. 67 (3), June, pp. 452-458.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1978. “Deterrence and Economics: A Perspective on Theory and Evidence,” in Major Social Issues: A Multidisciplinary View, Milton Yinger and Stephen Cutler, eds., The Free Press.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1979.  “The Economic Approach to Crime – A Preliminary Assessment,” in Criminology, Review Yearbook Vol. l, Messinger and Bittner, eds., Sage: Beverly Hills.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1981. “On the Usefulness of Controlling Individuals: An Economic Analysis of Rehabilitation, Incapacitation, and Deterrence,” American Economic Review, Vol. 71 (3), June, pp. 307-22.

Ehrlich, Isaac. 1982. “The Market for Offenses and the Public Enforcement of Laws: An Equilibrium Analysis,” British Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 21, pp. 107-20.

Ehrlich, Isaac and J.C. Gibbons. 1977.  “On the measurement of the Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment and the Theory of Deterrence,” Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 6 (l), January, pp. 35-50.

Ehrlich, Isaac and Richard A. Posner. 1974. “An Economic Analysis of Legal Rulemaking,” Journal of, Legal Studies, Vol. 3 (l), January, pp. 257-80.

Rothbard, Murray N. 2010. “The Libertarian Position on Capital Punishment.” July 13; https://mises.org/library/libertarian-position-capital-punishment

Whitehead, Roy and Walter E. Block. 2003. “Taking the assets of the criminal to compensate victims of violence: a legal and philosophical approach,” Wayne State University Law School Journal of Law in Society Vol. 5, No. 1, Fall, pp.229-254; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block_taking-assets.pdf (death penalty justified)

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Walter

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Would It Be Economically Feasible for the US to Split Up Into Two Countries?

From: diego

Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 1:41 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Any recommended reading on how US states would survive after secession?

Would you have any recommendations on how US states would survive if they indeed seceded? I realize the possibility is unlikely. Most citizens would want to stay together to receive their Medicare/SS benefits from DC. Nevertheless, I ask for curiosity’s sake.

I was watching a video by Frei and Robert Barnes (constitutional lawyers). When the topic got to states seceding from the DC empire, they said it was impractical. Somehow people who argue this just don’t know how agriculture works, they said. The two lawyers agreed secession is just not practical.  Despite they are scholarly lawyers, something made me suspect they might be very wrong on the economics of US states seceding.

– diego

Dear Diego:

I think secession would be economically viable, more so if there were full free trade between the two countries, Coastal US and Flyover US. There are many instances of this: The 13 Colonies split from the UK. Bangla Desh split off. The UK split off from the EU, with no dire consequences, as widely predicted. Texas left Mexico, ditto.

Best regards,

Walter

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From: Darren Jimenez

Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 3:53 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Charity in Austrian Economics

Hello Professor Block,

My name is Darren , I was on the Voluntaryist Haven livestream watching you speak and mentioned something about how to email you to ask about how the Austrians explain charitable giving.

Thank You

Dear Darren:

Here’s a biblio on that subject:

Buchanan, James. 1983. “Rent Seeking, Non compensated Transfers, and Laws of Succession,” Journal of Law and Economics, April: 71-85. Volume 26, Issue 1; http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/467026

(100% tax)

Giving pledge:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703493504576007982500939482.html?mod=djemalertNEWS

feh. These billionaires were, many of them, good at earning money; they produced, in order to do so. But, they are idiots when it comes to charity. Like Bill Gates’ interview in McLeans, on public education

Bennett and DiLorenzo, 1989; Block, 2006, unpublished, forthcoming;  Hughes, 1988, 1989,1990, 1998, unpublished; LaBletta and Block, 1999; Olasky, 1992; Rothbard, 1973;

Bennett, James T. and Thomas DiLorenzo. 1989. Unfair Competition: The Profits of NonProfits.  New York: Hamilton Press.

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Fanatical, Not Reasonable: A Short Correspondence Between Walter E. Block and Milton Friedman (on Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom).” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer, pp. 61-80; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/20_3/20_3_4.pdfhttps://mises.org/system/tdf/20_3_4.pdf?file=1&type=document

Block, Walter E. 2012. “James Buchanan on Inheritance: a Critique.” Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy, Vol. 1, No. 2, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=2045-2101&show=latest

Block, Walter E. Unpublished. “Toward a libertarian theory of charitable donations.”

Hughes, Mark. 1988. “Review of Walter W. Powell, ed., The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987,” in The Philanthropist, Vol. 7, No. 4, Summer, pp. 61-65

Hughes, Mark. 1989. “Unmasking the Two-Tier Tax-Credit Scheme,” The Philanthropist, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 16-31

Hughes, Mark. 1990. “Counterpoint: A Response to Bennett and DiLorenzo,” The Philanthropist, Vol. 9, No. 3, Fall, pp. 43-56.

Hughes, Mark. Unpublished. “The Ties That Bind”

Hughes, Mark.  1998. Review of Walter Powell’s The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook (1987); Austrian Economics Newsletter, p. 8, Fall, Vol.10, #1 http://mises.org/journals/aen/aen10_1_1.pdf

LaBletta, Nicole and Walter E. Block. 1999. “The Restoration of the American Dream: A Case for Abolishing Welfare,” Humanomics, Vol. 15, No 4, pp. 55-65

Olasky, Marvin. 1992. The Tragedy of American Compassion, Chicago: Regnery Gateway.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, chapter 8: “Welfare and the Welfare State,” Macmillan, New York; http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp

Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York; http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp

Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

Best regards,

Walter

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From: Thomas Adams

Sent: Friday, December 11, 2020 5:16 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Austro-Libertarian reading list?

Dear Professor Block,

I am aware of your work through the Mises Institute and have particularly enjoyed many of your speeches, debates, and interviews on YouTube; it is refreshing to see someone willing to unflinchingly challenge various hallowed socialist policies such as the minimum wage etc.

I am writing to you because I am self-educating myself in Austrian economics, and libertarian political philosophy: I have so far read Atlas Shrugged, Economics in One Lesson, and Anatomy of the State by Rothbard, and I’ve been looking for some kind of Austro-Libertarian recommended reading list online, in order that I might use it to orient my studies. I currently possess Rothbard’s ‘Man, Economy and State with Power and Market’ but I’m worried that it may be a little too advanced for me at this early stage so I’m looking for some intermediary works.

Do you know if anyone has ever put together such a basic graduated list? If so I would be much obliged if you could provide me with a link! If not, perhaps you could suggest a couple of titles in each of these two areas of libertarian theory?

I’ve no doubt that you are very busy and so I thank you in advance for taking the time to read my mail!

Best Regards,

Thomas Adams.

Dear Thomas:

Please tell me your age, schooling, where you live, etc.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York;  http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newliberty.asp

Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York  University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

Rothbard, Murray N. 1982. “Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution,” Cato  Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring; reprinted in Economics and the Environment:

A Reconciliation, Walter E. Block , ed., Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, 1990,  pp. 233-279; http://mises.org/story/2120;  http://www.mises.org/rothbard/lawproperty.pdf

Bergland, 1986; Block, 2008, 2013; Hoppe, 1993; Huebert, 2010; Narveson,1988; Nozick, 1974; Rockwell, 2014; Rothbard, 1973, 1978; Woods, 2013; Woolridge, 1970

Bergland, David. 1986. Libertarianism In One Lesson. Orpheus Publications.

Block, Walter E. 2008 [1976]. Defending the Undefendable. Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute; available for free here: http://mises.org/books/defending.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2013. Defending the Undefendable II: Freedom in all realms; Mises Institute, Auburn Al; Terra Libertas Publishing House; isbn: 978-1-908089-37-3; http://store.mises.org/Defending-the-Undefendable-2-P10932.aspxhttp://www.amazon.com/Defending-Undefendable-II-Freedom-Realms/dp/1908089377/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379098357&sr=8-1&keywords=freedom+in+all+realmshttp://www.amazon.com/Defending-Undefendable-II-Freedom-Realms/dp/1908089377/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380679730&sr=1-2; isbn: 9781908089373; http://terralibertas.com/products/defending-the-undefendable-ii-freedom-in-all-realms-hardcoverhttps://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/robert-wenzel/top-book-picks-of-2013/http://www.amazon.co.uk/Defending-Undefendable-II-Freedom-Realms/dp/1908089377/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387741833&sr=1-1&keywords=Defending+the+Undefendable+II%3A+Freedom+in+All+Realmshttp://www.librarialibertas.com/economie/defending-the-undefendable-ii-freedom-in-all-realms-hardcover.htmlhttp://mises.org/daily/6624/Walter-Block-Is-Still-Defending-the-Undefendablehttps://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/01/mark-thornton/still-defending-the-undefendable/http://mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae17_1_6.pdf;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1908089377; file:///C:/Users/WBlock/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/6I1PKZ08/defending-II-paperback.pdf

Hazlitt, Henry. 2008 [1946]. Economics in One Lesson. Auburn, AL: Mises Institute; http://mises.org/books/economics_in_one_lesson_hazlitt.pdf

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1993. The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy, Boston: Kluwer

Huebert, Jacob. 2010. Libertarianism Today. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger

(Block, Walter E. 2010. “Review of Huebert’s Libertarianism Today,” Libertarian Papers,

http://libertarianpapers.org/2010/19-block-review-of-hueberts-libertarianism-today/)

Narveson, Jan. 1988. The Libertarian Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Nozick, Robert. 1974. Anarchy, State and Utopia, New York: Basic Books

Rand, Ayn. 1957. Atlas Shrugged, New York, NY: Random House.

Rockwell, Jr., Llewellyn H. 2014. “What Libertarianism Is, and Isn’t.” March 31; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/lew-rockwell/what-libertarianism-is-and-isnt/

Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York; http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newliberty.asp

Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

Woods, Tom. 2013. “The Question Libertarians Just Can’t Answer.” June 5; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/woods/woods237.html

Woolridge, William C. 1970. Uncle Sam the Monopoly Man, New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House

Bergland, 1986; Block, 2008, 2009; Hoppe, 1993; Huebert, 2010; Kinsella, 1995, 1996; Narveson, 1988; Nozick, 1974; Rothbard, 1973, 1978, 1982; Woolridge, 1970

Bergland, David. 1986. Libertarianism In One Lesson. Orpheus Publications.

Block, Walter E. 2008 [1976]. Defending the Undefendable. Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute; available for free here: http://mises.org/books/defending.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute; http://www.amazon.com/Privatization-Roads-And-Highways-Factors/dp/1279887303/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336605800&sr=1-1; available for free here: http://mises.org/books/roads_web.pdf

Hazlitt, Henry. 2008 [1946]. Economics in One Lesson. Auburn, AL: Mises Institute; http://mises.org/books/economics_in_one_lesson_hazlitt.pdf

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1993. The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy, Boston: Kluwer

Huebert, Jacob. 2010. Libertarianism Today. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Review of Huebert’s Libertarianism Today,” Libertarian Papers, http://libertarianpapers.org/2010/19-block-review-of-hueberts-libertarianism-today/

Kinsella, Stephan. 1995. “Legislation and the Discovery of Law in a Free Society,” 11 Journal of Libertarian Studies 132 Summer

Kinsella, Stephan N. 1996.  “New Rationalist Directions in Libertarian Rights Theory,” 12:2 J. Libertarian Studies 313 326, Fall; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/12_2/12_2_5.pdf

Narveson, Jan. 1988. The Libertarian Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Nozick, Robert. 1974. Anarchy, State and Utopia, New York: Basic Books

Rand, Ayn. 1957. Atlas Shrugged, New York, NY: Random House.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York; http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newliberty.asp

Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

Woolridge, William C. 1970. Uncle Sam the Monopoly Man, New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House

Best regards,

Walter

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Letter 1

From: Gabriel Philbois

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2020 1:27 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Liberating property from the state

Dear Walter,

I hope you are well.

I have been thinking about your position that liberating property from the state is not immoral. I agreed, something did not seem right about it,

Now I’ve come up with a more intricate approach, that is built on yours.

If you steal less than the amount the government took from you, that is repossession of your property/ just compensation.

If you steal more, you could be stealing from other people.

Example:

Part 1

A thief steals your wallet, as well as another man’s wallet.

Later, you find the thief, and overpower him (he is not very strong). Can you take both wallets?

Yes, you can. Because you know the second wallet is not his.

However, there is a catch.

Part 2:

The second wallet is not yours either. So if you take it, you must attempt, to your best ability, to return it to the owner.

It is analogous to finding a lost wallet on the street.

So if you repossess more property from the government than what you are owed, you must return it to other victims.

The explanation you present in your classes is part 1. I added part 2. Do you agree?

If you disagree, please prove me wrong so I can learn something.

Best regards,

Gabe.

Letter 2

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 4:32 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear Gabe:

I’ll answer your question on one condition: first you tell me what you’ve been up to: job, location, schooling, etc.

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3

From: Gabriel Philbois

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2020 5:49 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Liberating property from the state

Gladly:

I’m still working with Chris Wood, writing about economics and finance. Thanks again for recommending me, it is a great job.

Since the work is remote, I decided to spend 2020 travelling around Asia. My plans were partially frustrated by the lockdowns imposed all around the globe. So, instead, I ended up spending most of the year in Malaysia.

Malaysia is a fascinating country. They are trying to recreate the success of Singapore(which used to be part of Malaysia), by embracing free markets. They have lower taxes, banks are allowed to open accounts in foreign currency. Their capital markets are excellent.

The country still has plenty of problems. Regulations are very strict, and arbitrary. Still, it seems to be heading in a good direction.

I left Malaysia 3 weeks ago and came back to Brazil, where I intend to stay for a few months. I plan to spend three months (the maximum for my visa) in New Orleans in the first half of 2021.

I think that is all for me. How have you been, Professor?

Letter 4

Dear Gabe:

One further requirement: when you’re in NO, let’s get together for a meal!

My response to your queries:

Block, 1972, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009A, 2009B, 2010, 2011A, 2011B, 2011C, 2011D, 2012, 2016; Block and Arakaky, 2008, Block and Barnett, 2008, D’Amico and Block, 2007

Block, Walter E. 1972. “The Polish Ham Question.” The Libertarian Forum. June-July, Vol. 4, No. 6-7, p. 5; http://www.mises.org/journals/lf/1972/1972_06-07.pdfhttp://mises.org/daily/4054https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block143.html

Block, Walter E. 2002. “Accepting Government Subsidies,” Fraser Forum, February, p. 27; http://oldfraser.lexi.net/publications/forum/2002/02/section_13.html

Block, Walter E. 2004. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part I” Reason Papers, Vol. 27, Fall, pp. 117-133;

http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part II” Reason Papers, Vol. 28, Spring, pp. 85-109; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdfhttp://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdfhttp://www.reasonpapers.com/pdf/28/rp_28_7.pdf; (death penalty justified, net taxpayer, ruling class analysis p. 87)

Block, Walter E. 2007. “Ron Paul and Matching Funds,” October 1;

https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block86.html

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Replies to readers” September 23;

https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block108.html (libertarians hypocrites for using public school?)

Block, Walter E. 2009A. “Libertarian punishment theory: working for, and donating to, the state” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 1; http://libertarianpapers.org/2009/17-libertarian-punishment-theory-working-for-and-donating-to-the-state/

Block, Walter E. 2009B. “Toward a Libertarian Theory of Guilt and Punishment for the Crime of Statism” in Hulsmann, Jorg Guido and Stephan Kinsella, eds., Property, Freedom and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute, pp. 137-148; http://mises.org/books/hulsmann-kinsella_property-freedom-society-2009.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2010. “You are a rotten kid (rent control and libertarianism),” February 27;

https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block150.html

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “It’s Ayn Rand Bashing Time, Once Again.” February 18; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block172.html

Block, Walter E. 2011B. “May a Libertarian Take Money From the Government?” March 11; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block175.htmlhttps://www.lewrockwell.com/2011/03/walter-e-block/may-a-libertarian-take-money-from-the-government/

Block, Walter E. 2011C. “Toward a Libertarian Theory of Guilt and Punishment for the Crime of Statism,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 22; pp. 665-675; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_33.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2011D. “Hoppe, Kinsella and Rothbard II on Immigration: A Critique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 593–623; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_29.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2012. Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty. Ishi Press; http://www.amazon.com/dp/4871873234;

http://www.amazon.com/Paul-President-2012-Liberty-ebook/dp/B0085IEQB8/http://www.dailypaul.com/232336/new-book-on-ron-paul-by-walter-block;

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085IEQB8#reader_4871873234http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?ISBN=4871873234;

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ron-paul-for-president-in-2012-walter-block/1110505571?ean=9784871873239;

http://jfrp.org/2012/05/10/just-released-walter-blocks-new-book-on-ron-paul/?preview=true&preview_id=73&preview_nonce=242eff3860;

http://runronpaul.com/economy/why-do-economists-say-that-ron-paul-would-be-the-best-president-for-the-economy/http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/06/defending-the-defendable/;

http://www.libertarianbookclub.com/2012/06/02/4750/;

http://www.loyno.edu/news/laag/20120601/3729?utm_source=LAAG&utm_medium=enews&utm_content=20120601&utm_campaign=PublicAffairs;

http://www.amazon.com/dp/4871873234/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=lewrockwell&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=4871873234&adid=022PCECJPWPJ8DJNW8YP;

Block, Walter E. 2016. “Is It Compatible With Libertarianism to be a Banker? Yes!” September 29; https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/compatible-libertarianism-banker-yes/

Block, Walter E. and Chris Arakaky. 2008. “Taking Government Money for Grad School?” May 23; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block100.html

Block, Walter E. and William Barnett II. 2008. “Continuums” Journal Etica e Politica / Ethics & Politics, Vol. 1, pp. 151-166 June; http://www2.units.it/~etica/http://www2.units.it/~etica/2008_1/BLOCKBARNETT.pdf

D’Amico, Dan and Walter E. Block. 2007. “A Legal and Economic Analysis of Graffiti” Humanomics Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 29-38; http://www.mises.org/journals/scholar/damico.pdfhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContainer.do?containerType=Issue&containerId=24713http://ssrn.com/abstract=1008525

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From: Domingos Santos Jr.

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2020 5:49 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Privatizing Public School Administrative Services

Professor Block–

My name is Domingos Santos.  I am a lawyer and a director at a private equity firm in Arizona.  I am considering a run for the local school board in my town in 2022 and toward that end I am reviewing research and commentary in many areas of primary and secondary education.  I am writing to ask if you have any recommendations on resources discussing the privatization of public education administrative services or, more broadly, government administrative services.

In Arizona, the move toward privatization of education is well on its way as privately run education institutions (i.e., private schools, homeschooling, and public charter schools) educate almost 40% of students in the state.  In the public school realm, the administration payroll expenses are substantial.  In my district, for example, $7.123MM of payroll and benefit costs ($81,920/full time equivalent) go to general administration, school administration and central services.  This number is inflated vs. a private sector equivalent due to a 13% of salary contribution to the state retirement system for each employee and a 100% school district paid medical insurance benefit.  So, from the perspective of low-hanging fruit for freeing up dollars for education, it seems that the administrative side of the school district is ripe for privatization.

I appreciate any resources you can direct me to.  Thank you very much,

Domingos

Dear Domingos:

I hope some of this helps. Do keep me posted as to how you’re doing.

Barnett and Block, 2008; Block, 1991A, 1991B, 1991C, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014; Block and Cwik, 2007; Block and Dauterive, 2007; Goolsby and Block. 2003-2004; Horton and Block, 2001-2002; McGee and Block, 1991; North and Block, 2011; Reel and Block, 2012, 2013; Rome and Block. 2006; Whitehead, and Block. 1999, 2000; Young and Block. 1999;

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2008. “Economic categorization.” Laissez-Faire, Issue 28-29, March-September, pp. 4-12; http://fce.ufm.edu/Publicaciones/LaissezFaire/

Block, Walter E. 1991A. Dollars and Sense: “School Vouchers,” January 18; Nelson Daily News;

Block, Walter E. 1991B. “School Vouchers,” Fraser Forum, February, pp. 30-31.

Block, Walter E. 1991C. “School’s Out for Educational Socialism,” British Columbia Report, v. 2, n. 26, February 25, p. 4.

Block, Walter E. 1991. “Educational Socialism,” Fraser Forum, April, pp. 30-31.

Block, Walter E. 2007. “My Case of and for Coauthoring,” Dialogue, pp. 93-116; http://www.uni-svishtov.bg/dialog/2007/3.07.WB.pdfhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/228196683_My_Case_of_and_for_Co-Authoring?ev=prf_pub

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Attention Students: Should You Get Your Ph.D. and Become a Professor?” June 28; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block104.html (debate with Gary North) https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block104.html

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Is there a Ph.D. glut in economics in academia?” Romanian Economic and Business Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-26; http://tinyurl.com/yd6qwsd; reprint in Economics, Management, and Financial Markets , forthcoming, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 1; http://loyno.academia.edu/WalterBlock/Papers/1325023/Is_There_a_Ph.D._Glut_in_Economics_in_Academia; Password: AddletonAP2009.

Block, Walter E. 2014. “Is econ 101 killing America? A critique of Atkinson and Lind, and Boettke.” Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST); Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 10-22. doi:10.12709/mest.02.02.02.02; http://www.mest.meste.org/MEST_2_2014/4_02.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Paul Cwik. 2007. “Teaching Business Ethics: A Classificationist Approach,” Business Ethics: A European Review.  Vol. 16, No. 2 April, pp. 98-107; http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/beer/16/2.

Block, Walter E. and Jerry Dauterive. 2007. “Political Correctness and the Economics of Higher Education.” Humanomics. Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 230-239; http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=A4474341C26657A036E9A278B2379E63?contentType=Article&contentId=1637489

Goolsby, Jerry R. and Walter E. Block. 2003-2004. “Education and Bureaucracy: National Testing and School Privatization,” Texas Education Review; http://www.educationreview.homestead.com/2003GoolsbyBlock.html;

http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Articles%20for%20web/National%20Testing%20and%20School%20Privatization.doc

Horton, Marshall and Walter E. Block. 2001-2002. “Was Marx an Adjunct?  An Analysis of the Proposition That Part-time Faculty Are Economically Exploited,” Texas Education Review, Vol. 1, No. IV, Winter, pp. 43-46; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/marx_an_adjunct.pdf

McGee, Robert W. and Walter E. Block. 1991. “Academic Tenure: A Law and Economics Analysis,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring, pp. 545-563; http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/academictenure.htm; reprinted as McGee, Robert W. and Walter E. Block. “Academic Tenure: An Economic Critique,” in DeGeorge, Richard T., ed., 1997. Academic Freedom And Tenure: Ethical Issues, Rowman & Littlefield, 1997

North, Gary and Walter E. Block. July 24-30, 2011 Auburn, AL, Mises University; Debate on higher education; http://mises.org/events/110;

http://media.mises.org/mp3/MU2011/10_MisesU_20110726_Block.mp3;

http://media.mises.org/mp3/MU2011/27_MisesU_20110727_Block.mp3;

http://media.mises.org/mp3/MU2011/16_MisesU_20110726_Block-North_Debate.mp3;

https://archive.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/93031.htmlhttp://www.garynorth.com/public/9121.cfm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwWoY3OuBYA

Reel, Jordan and Walter E. Block. 2012. “Public Education: Who is it for?” The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies; Vol. 7, No. 4, October, pp. 66-72; http://www.revistainternationala.com/index.php?lang=es;

http://paper.researchbib.com/?action=viewPaperSearch

Reel, Jordan and Walter E. Block. 2013. “Educational Vouchers: Freedom to Choose?” Contemporary Economics. pp. 111-122, December, DOI:10.5709/ce.1897-9254.126 http://we.vizja.pl/en/homehttp://ce.vizja.pl/en/issues/volume/7/issue/4#art328.

Rome, Gregory and Walter E. Block. 2006. “Schoolhouse Socialism.” Journal of Instructional Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 83-88; http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCG/is_1_33/ai_n16118909/?tag=content;col1; reprinted as “Voucher Programs Lead to Government Interference in Private Schools,” in Young, Mitchell, ed. 2012. For-Profit Education, Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, pp. 169-176

Whitehead, Roy and Walter E. Block. 1999. “Mandatory Student Fees: Forcing Some to Pay for the Free Speech of Others,” Whittier Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 759-781; http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/mfearningdifferentials.htmhttp://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/mandatoryfees.htm

Whitehead, Roy and Walter E. Block. 2000. “Direct Payment of State Scholarship Funds to Church-Related Colleges Offends the Constitution and Title VI,” Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 191-207; http://tinyurl.com/2dwelfhttp://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/directpymt.htm;

http://www.academia.edu/1466695/Direct_Payment_of_State_Scholarship_Funds_to_Church-Related_Colleges_Offends_the_Constitution_and_Title_VI;

Young, Andrew and Walter E. Block. 1999. “Enterprising Education: Doing Away with the Public School System,” International Journal of Value Based Management, Vol.12, No. 3, pp. 195-207; http://www.mises.org/etexts/enterprisingedu.pdfhttp://www.mises.org/story/2216http://www.walterblock.com/publications/enterprising_education.pdfhttp://www.mises.org/story/2216https://mises.org/library/enterprising-education-doing-away-public-school-system?utm_source=Mises+Institute+Subscriptions&utm_campaign=b769abd2e7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_9_21_2018_9_59_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b52b2e1c0-b769abd2e7-227976965

Butts, 1973; Chappell, 1978; Flew, 1976; Friedman, 1962; Illich, 1970; Liggio and Peden, 1978; Lott, 1987, 1990A, 1990B, 1999; Postiglione, 1982; Richman, 1994; Rickenbacker, 1974; Rothbard, 1972; Sowell, 1993; Spring, 1972; West 1964, 1965, 1967, 1978.

The war on kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlnwm11d6II&feature=player_embedded

Butts, R. Freeman. 1973. “The Public Schools: An Assault on a Great Idea.” The Nation. April 30.

Morse, Samuel F. B. 1844. “Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States.” In David Brion Davis, ed., The Fear of Conspiracy, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1971

Chappell, Robert H. 1978. “Anarchy Revisited: an inquiry into the public education dilemma,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter, pp. 357-372

Flew, Antony. 1976. Sociology, Equality and Education, London: Macmillan

Friedman, Milton. 1962. “The Role of Government in Education,” Capitalism and Freedom, Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, pp. 85-107

(1962, 191): “It can be argued that private charity is insufficient because the benefits from it accrue to people other than those who make the gifts – again, a neighborhood effect. I am distressed by the sight of poverty; I am benefited by its alleviation; but I am benefited equally whether I or someone else pays for its alleviation; the benefits of other people’s charity therefore party accrue to me. To put it differently, we might all of us be willing to contribute to the relief of poverty, provided everyone else did. We might not be willing to contribute the same amount without such assurance… Suppose one accepts, as I do, this line of reasoning as justifying governmental action to alleviate poverty…”

Illich, Ivan. 1970. Deschooling Society. London, U.K.: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd

Liggio, Leonard P. and Joseph R. Peden. 1978. “Social Scientists, Schooling, and the Acculturation of Immigrants in 19th Century America.” Journal of Libertarian Studies. Vol. 2 No. 1, Winter, pp. 69-84

Lott, John. 1987. “Why is Education Publicly Provided? A Critical Survey,” Cato Journal, Vol. 7, Fall, pp. 475-501

Lott, John. 1990A. “An Explanation for the Public Provision of Schooling: The Importance of Indoctrination.” Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 33, pp. 199-231

Lott, John. 1990B. “Why is Education Publicly Provided? Some Further Thoughts,” Cato Journal, Spring/Summer, pp. 293-241

Lott, John. 1999. “Public Schooling, Indoctrination, and Totalitarianism,” Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 107, Number 6, Part 2, pp. S127-S157, December; http://www.law.uchicago.edi/Publications/Working/index.htmlhttp://papers.ssrn.com/paper.taf?abstract_id=162791

Postiglione, Gerard. 1982. “The Opponents of Public Education: New York State, 1870-1880,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. VI, No. 3-4, Summer/Fall, pp. 359-376

Richman, Sheldon. 1994. Separating School and State: How to Liberate America’s Families, Fairfax, Va.: The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Rickenbacker, William, ed. 1974. The Twelve Year Sentence: Radical Views of Compulsory Education. LaSalle, IL:

Rothbard, Murray N. 1971A. “Education: Free and Compulsory” (Part I).  Individualist, April, pp. 2 8.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1971B. “Education: Free and Compulsory” (Part II).  Individualist, July August, 1971, pp. 3 16.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1972. Education, Free and Compulsory: The Individual’s Education.  Wichita, KS: Center for Independent Education. Education; http://www.mises.org/web/2689

Sowell, Thomas. 1993. Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, The Dogmas, New York: The Free Press

Spring, Joel H. 1972. Education and the Rise of the Corporate State. Boston:

West, Edwin G. 1964. “The Public Versus the Private Sector in Education: A Classical Economic Dispute.” Journal of Political Economy. October, pp. 465-475.

West, E. G. (1964). “Private versus Public Education A Classical Economic Dispute.” Journal of Political Economy, 72 (5), 465-475; http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1828480?uid=3739400&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=3737720&uid=4&sid=21103018843137

West, Edwin G. 1965. Education and the State: A Study in Political Economy. London: Institute for Economic Affairs

West, Edwin G. 1967. “The Political Economy of Public School Legislation.” Journal of Law and Economics. Vol. X. October.

West, Edwin G. 1978. “American Public Schools on Trial.” New Society. January.

Best regards,

Walter

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Which University to Attend to Study Austro-Libertarianism? Is Hayek a Good Austrian?

Letter 1

From: Joshua Crosby

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2020 9:42 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Hillsdale college

Dr Block, I have a young friend who is considering studying economics at Hillsdale. I know it may be difficult for you to set aside your bias toward your department, but can you give me an evaluation on how they score between Cato-Hayek and Rothbard-Mises.org?

Dear Joshua:

Sorry, I can’t answer your question directly. All I can say is that all four econ people have attended functions at Mises, and I don’t know about the Hillsdale people. I suspect, but I’m not sure, none of them have.

Also, while I admire Hayek, mainly for macro, I am also critical of him, mainly on libertarian grounds:

Block, Walter E. 1996. “Hayek’s Road to Serfdom,” Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, Fall, pp. 327-350, http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/12_2/12_2_6.pdf; reprinted in Ama-gi: Journal of the Hayek Society at the London School of Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 22-25

Block, Walter E. 1999. “The Gold Standard: A Critique of Friedman, Mundell, Hayek, Greenspan from the free enterprise perspective,” Managerial Finance, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 15-33, http://giorgio.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContainer.do?containerType=Issue&containerId=13529http://www.mises.org/etexts/goldcritique.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Fanatical, Not Reasonable: A Short Correspondence Between Walter E. Block and Milton Friedman (on Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom).” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer, pp. 61-80; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/20_3/20_3_4.pdfhttps://mises.org/system/tdf/20_3_4.pdf?file=1&type=document

Block, Walter E. 2013A. “Was Hayek an Austrian economist? Yes and no. Was Hayek a praxeologist? No.” Hayek and Behavioral Economics; Palgrave Macmillan; pp. 70-89; Roger Frantz and Robert Leeson [rleeson@stanford.edu] editors; http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=509789http://www.palgrave.com/PDFs/9780230301160.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2013B. “Hayek is no Rothbardian.” December 21;

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/12/walter-block-hayek-is-no-rothbardian.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

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

Hoppe, Hans, on Hayek: https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome-psyapi2&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8&q=Hans%20Hoppe%20FA%20Hayek&oq=Hans%20Hoppe%20FA%20Hayek&aqs=chrome..69i57.6480j0j8

Block, Walter E. and Kenneth Garschina. 1996. “Hayek, Business Cycles and Fractional Reserve Banking: Continuing the De-Homogenization Process,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 77-94; http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae9_1_3.pdf;

http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/r91_3.pdf

Best regards,

Walter

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2020 9:53 PM

To: ‘Joshua Crosby’

Subject: RE: Hillsdale college

Dear Joshua:

Here is the Hillsdale econ, accounting and biz dept: https://www.hillsdale.edu/about/our-faculty/?departments=eco-bus-acc

The only economist I know of is Ivan Pongracic, and he’s very good.

Here is Loyola’s econ dept:

http://business.loyno.edu/bios/faculty?field_bio_program_filter_value=Economics

All four of us are staunch Austrian economists and libertarians.

To do further research, look at the cvs of all these people.

Why do I choose economics? There are many other departments in both places. I suppose I am biassed in that direction. It think it is the most important discipline in terms of promoting liberty.

If I can be of any further help in your deliberations, please feel free to call upon me.

Best regards,

Walter

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