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From: J
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:50 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Lying as a form of force

Two Questions in Political Economy

Dear Dr. Block, I’m sure you already got a ton of responses about the above.

I’m referring to a post you made a few days back where you stated lying wasn’t coercion/force.

Please allow me to elaborate why the two are mutual.

First, any lie can be categorized as manipulation which is a soft form of coercion because it can force people to make decisions they normally wouldn’t.

Probably an even better point is that lying and force often go together, especially with the state.

E.g., the state calls it conscription, libertarians call it kidnapping. Other than the use of the barrel of a gun to enforce conscription, the state also uses lies to control the information about war as necessary and good leading many to believe there is no sound alternative. Therefore the two go hand in hand.

I’d say the same is true with taxation, aka theft according to Libertarians. While this is also enforced with the barrel of a gun, lies also perpetuate the myth of taxation as good leading many to think there is no alternative to funding road construction. The two go hand in hand here as well.

Just wanted to share a thought I had after giving it consideration.

By the way, I saw your interview on CSPAN and thought you broke everything down so clear and concise that a high school student could get it.

Take care, J

Dear J:

Thanks for your kind remarks about my c span interview on this book:

24. 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; https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/3319746502/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1531187909&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl2&tag=economicpolicyjournal-20&linkId=959e913e476f48b289a16223d557a826; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/07/new-walter-block-book-space-capitalism.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29;
https://www.c-span.org/video/?448910-4/space-capitalism;
https://mises.org/power-market/walter-block-talks-space-capitalism-cspan;
https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/hey-im-on-tv-c-span/;
http://mitchell-langbert.blogspot.com/2018/09/walter-block-on-space-capitalism.html;

In this blog https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/two-questions-in-political-economy/

I lied. I said that 2+2=5. That’s a blatant lie on my part. I’m a criminal? A tortfeasor? No. Not the latter, unless I was contractually obligated to tell the truth.

In many sports, people “lie” to each other. Basketball, football, soccer, baseball, tennis. In the former three, they feint in one direction, and run in the other. In the latter two cases, the pitcher makes as if he is going to throw one kind of pitch, and then throws s a different one. In tennis, the player fakes hitting to one side of his opponent, and hits to the other. Ditto for handball, volleyball, all racket sports. Liar, liar, pants on fire, right? Wrong. This stance is highly problematic.

Here are some more lies of mine: the earth is flat. The sun revolves around the moon. It is now midnight (it’s actually 9am). Hitler and Stalin were libertarians. Ron Paul is a commie. Mises and Rothbard did not make magnificent contribution to economics

Best regards, Walter

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10:07 am on September 28, 2018

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Please File This Under Shameless Self Promotion

An entire volume of a refereed journal (Revista Estudios Libertarios) has been published in my honor. This is not quite a festschrift, but I think it comes close. Here is the dictionary definition of that type of publication: “In academia, a Festschrift (German pronunciation: [ˈfɛstʃrɪft]; plural, Festschriften [ˈfɛstʃrɪftən]) is a book honoring a respected person, especially an academic, and presented during their (sic) lifetime. It generally takes the form of an edited volume, containing contributions from the honoree’s colleagues, former pupils, and friends.” This is not a book, but rather, as I say, an entire volume of a refereed journal, so it comes close, I think, to being a festschrift, but does not quite make it. Another deviation: none of the other contributors to this publication are my colleagues, former pupils or friends, but I hope to rectify the latter lacunae in the not too distant future. This is also the inaugural volume of Revista Estudios Libertarios. I hope and trust this will get it off to a good start.

This volume may be accessed here: Essays in Honor of Walter Block:
http://www.notaslibertarias.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Volumen-completo.pdf

Most of the contributions are in Spanish, but I have contributed two papers to this compilation, one coauthored with a present student of mine:

552. Block, Walter E. 2018. “Negative Rights.” Revista Estudios Libertarios; Vol. 1, pp. 5-6;
http://www.notaslibertarias.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Article-1_.pdf

551. Block, Walter E. and Gabriel Philbois. 2018. “Giffen Goods and Backward Bending Supply Curves of Labor.” Revista Estudios Libertarios; Vol. 1, pp. 55-69; 6http://www.notaslibertarias.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Article-8.pdf

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10:54 am on September 26, 2018

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An Interesting Conversation About a New Book

An Interesting Conversation About a New Book

Letter 1:

FROM: Aleksandar Novakovic [mailto:aleksandar.novakovic@ips.ac.rs]
SENT: Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:16 AM
TO: wblock@loyno.edu
SUBJECT: Request for permission to include in a publication

Dear professor Block,

I am Aleksandar Novakovic from the Institute of Political Studies in
Belgrade and together with my colleague Dusan Dostanic I work on the
collection of texts on the relation between libertarianism and
conservatism.

The aim of the collection is to explore and elucidate ideological
differences and similarities of these intellectual traditions and
political orientations. The prospective collection should encompass
important contributions on the topic from renowned writers from both
intellectual traditions.

Our plan is to include such classic as Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich
Hayek, Murray Rothbard, conservatives such as Russell Kirk, Wilhelm
Röpke, fusionists (Frank Mayer, Edward Feser), some “neglected”
Austrians (Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn), libertarian-conservatives
(Hans-Hermann Hoppe), popular libertarian voices (Deirdre Mccloskey),
and several contemporary European authors such are Gerd-Klaus
Kaltenbrunner, Friedrich Romig and Alexander Gauland.

With such selection of the authors our aim is to present various ways
in which the notions of libertarianism and conservatism have been
understood today.

I would like to ask your permission to include in the collection a
Serbian translation of your article “Libertarianism and Libertinism.”
published in _Journal of Libertarian Studies_ 11, No. 1
(1994): 117–128.”

We think your paper, published in 1994, enjoys a reputation of
classical elaboration of the essence of libertarianism. The insights
that you have exposed there, especially the idea that cultural
conservatism naturally parallels libertarianism, while libertarianism
cannot, and should not be, reduced to libertinism (which is currently
a strong tendency), presents the valuable contribution for the
general consideration of the relation between conservatism and libertarianism.
If you grant us the permission to translate your paper within the
collection, it will significantly contribute to the overall
theoretical quality of the prospective manuscript.

Here are details about our project:

* The project is non-commercial, and it addresses mainly academic
audience.
* The tentative title of the manuscript: Libertarianism and
Conservatism: the ideological similarities and differences (in
Serbian: Libertarijanizam i konzervativizam: ideološke sličnosti i
razlike)
* Prospective publisher: Institute for Political Studies (Belgrade,
Serbia).
* Language: Serbian
* Quantity: 300-500 copies
* Realization time: 2019.

If permission granted, it will be duly acknowledged in the
publication. In case you do not hold the copyright on the
above-mentioned material, we would be grateful if you can provide us
with contact information of persons or institutions who we might
contact in order to obtain the proper rights.

Professor Block, thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Should you need additional information about prospective publication,
please contact me.

Sincerely,

Aleksandar Novakovic, PhD
Research associate
Institute for Political Studies, Belgrade http://www.ips.ac.rs/
phone: +381 11 33 49 204
cell-phone: +381 64 179 3201

Letter 2:

Dear Aleksander:

I am honored to be asked this, and delighted to give my permission.
Copyright to the JLS, I think, rests with the Mises Institute. I have
no doubt they will also give permission. I’m copying two people from
there, one of whom I’m sure will grant you permission for this.

However, two things.

One, my “price” for my permission is one copy of this book.

Two, you might also want to include this article of mine, which seems
even more pertinent to your thesis:

Block, Walter E. 2007. “Plumb Line Libertarianism: A Critique of
Hoppe.” _Reason Papers, _Vol. 29, Fall, pp. 151-163;
http://www.reasonpapers.com/pdf/29/rp_29_10.pdf [1];
http://www.academia.edu/1425340/Plumb_Line_Libertarianism_A_Critique_of_Hoppe

There is also the issue of immigration that separates purist
libertarians, like myself, from conservative libertarians, as you
accurately label my friend Hans Hoppe. See below for my pubs on that
subject. I give you permission to use any of those articles as well.

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3:

—–Original Message—–
From: Aleksandar Novakovic [mailto:aleksandar.novakovic@ips.ac.rs]
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2018 4:21 PM
To: Walter Block

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8:58 pm on September 25, 2018

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Some Speeches, Interviews, of Mine

July 30, 2018. Andrew Moran [mailto:a_moran3@yahoo.ca] AndrewMoran.net
Freelance Writer, Economics Correspondent – Liberty Nation, Commodities Writer – Earn Forex, Twitter. a_moran3; https://www.libertynation.com/legendary-economist-walter-block-talks-trump-trade-and-tariffs/

July 31, 2018. Steven Durel [mailto:sjdurel@yahoo.com] Chomsky PRIMO NUTMEG [mailto:primonutmeg@gmail.com] 860-295-3650; youtube: https://youtu.be/56vutemC8PQ; soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/primonutmeg/147-walter-block

August 20, 2018. Ben Wiegold [mailto:benwiegold@yahoo.com]; 630-995-5057 My Skype is just my phone number; Johnny: jazzyadams00@gmail.com, 253-625-3854. Johnny Rocket; https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-10-privatize-it-w-walter-block/
August 22, 2018. salmayweather@protonmail.com; space capitalism
https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/iczrzifvd5gvbk5t27rz3ptdfye
https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ixhaqzo7nqlbyhspomqd66dobfa
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sal-mayweather/the-agora
https://player.fm/series/the-agora
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-agora/id1433989990
https://www.saltheagorist.com/

August 23, 2018. Daniel Rothschild [mailto:daniel.y.rothschild@gmail.com]; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6wajLKde2w.

September 9, 2018. Interview with Victor Pross and Patrick Smith on private property rights; https://www.vmixcall.com/call.aspx?Key=2833170042&Name=Walter; Patrick Smith, 414-858-7884, patrick@disenthrall.me; Victor Pross artpross@hotmail.com; 778-395-5074;

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10:30 am on September 24, 2018

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Can Rights Clash, According to Libertarian Law? No.

Can Rights Clash, According to Libertarian Law? No.

Question 1: Based on my understanding, rights only clash if the NAP is violated. Is this true?

Answer 1: No. Suppose you and I both claim the same hat. The hat is sitting there. Our rights over that hat clash, even though neither of us used violence against the other. We’re having an honest disagreement.

Question 2: So when we say rights don’t clash, it assumes everything has been clearly defined and everyone is at peace?

Answer 2: People THINK rights clash, and they fight over them, but, the libt view is that if rights seem to clash, then one or both of them are mis specified. Right now, you and I are still claiming that hat. But only one of us, or none of us, may properly be the owner of that hat, if you exclude the possibility that we both own a share in that hat. If rights clash then, according to the mainstream viewpoint, they must be “balanced.” But no principle is ever forthcoming that would answer the question of which principles are to be used in this “balancing” act. Balancing, here, is always arbitrary, capricious and unprincipled.

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3:14 pm on September 18, 2018

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Two Questions in Political Economy

Question 1: At least during the last two hundred years we have seen in the world a spectacular increase in the quality of life, thanks to capitalism. However, during the same period we have also seen an amazing growth of the State. How could this apparent paradox be explained?

Response 1: The state is an impediment to growth. We achieve prosperity despite it, not because of it. At present, our GDP statistics include government expenditures. Murray Rothbard rightly contended that these payments should be subtracted from private sector goods and services, not added to them.. The capitalist system is so productive that our natural statist instincts promote it, as we become richer, can more and more afford it.

Question 2: The History manipulation by political interests (for example, the history that was taught to German children during the Nazi regime, or in the Soviet Union) can be considered as a violation of the principle of non-aggression?

Response 2: Lies are not a per se violation of the NAP. I now tell you that 2+2=5. I lied. Did I violate the NAP? No. If lies were a crime, then all professors who profess Marxism, Keynesianism, Chicagoism, Public Choice, anything but Austro libertarianism, would be considered criminals. I’m pretty radical, but, I don’t go that far. Am I wussing out? I don’t think so.

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2:16 pm on September 18, 2018

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Constitution of No Authority; Public Goods Fallacy

From: R
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:49 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Libertarian Questions

Professor Block,

My name is R and I’m a big fan of your writings. I’ve finished The Case for Discrimination, Defending the Undefendable, and Toward a Libertarian Society. I just finished Toward a Libertarian Society and thought your take on abortion and stem-cell research was fascinating. Your “evictionist” approach to both topics is brilliant and very original!

I have two questions for you:

–In Toward a Libertarian Society, you state in chapter 46 (Federalism: Is It Libertarian?) that the Constitution is “illicit” and suggest that it has no authority. Can you please explain that to me or direct me to a book or some other writing for further explanation?

–Can you recommend any good books about how a libertarian society would address the “public goods” issue?

I’ll be starting Water Capitalism in about a month; I can’t wait to read it!

Thanks for your time, R

Dear R:

Thanks for your kind words.

Which Defending the Undefendable? There are now two of them.

The best thing to read on the Constitution of no authority is this:

Spooner, Lysander. (1870) 1966. No Treason, Larkspur, Colorado: Ralph Myles
http://www.lysanderspooner.org/notreason.htm

On public goods, go here:

Barnett and Block, 2007, 2009; Block, 1983, 2000, 2003; Cowen, 1988; De Jasay, 1989; 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

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

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

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, 2003.

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.pdf; https://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, 2003.

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.pdf; https://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.

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12:37 pm on September 12, 2018

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Ordinarily, I keep my correspondents anonymous. No need to do that here. Indeed, the very opposite is the case. Please, let’s all get on board with this.

Letter 1:

From: Lyn Ulbricht [mailto:lyn@freeross.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:31 AM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Free Ross Donation

Dear Walter,

Thank you for your generous support and contribution to Ross’s defense, as well as to Internet freedom, privacy and restraint of government expansion.

We are now seeking clemency from the president and preparing for one last court battle. Every donation fights back, especially ones like yours. We have a long way to go, but are so encouraged by your support!

Please continue to help us by signing the petition and spreading the word about our campaign. If you haven’t already please follow us on social media, share Ross’s petition and check out freeross.org. In addition, we welcome any ideas or other help.

This is an enormous challenge and we can’t succeed without the generous support of people like you. Knowing you are out there gives us the strength to persevere in this struggle.

You have our heartfelt thanks.

Lyn

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Letter 2:

On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:15 PM, Walter Block wrote:

Dear Lyn:

I’ll do my best to promote this.

Best regards,

Walter

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue, Box 15, Miller Hall 318
New Orleans, LA 70118
wblock@loyno.edu
Skype: Walter.Block4
tel: (504) 864-7934

Letter 3:

Walter,

Thank you so much for your support. It really means a lot.

Sincerely,

Lyn

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Also, see this article I wrote about Ross:

Block, Walter E. 2016. “Is Ross Ulbricht of Silk Road a Libertarian Hero?” Journal of Economic and Social Thought. www.kspjournals.org. September, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 327-332;
http://www.kspjournals.org/index.php/JEST/issue/view/68;
http://www.kspjournals.org/index.php/JEST/article/view/909;
http://www.kspjournals.org/index.php/JEST/article/view/909/1023
http://kspjournals.org/index.php/JEST/article/view/909; http://www.targetliberty.com/2017/12/more-on-ross-ulbricht-and-trump-pardon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TargetLiberty+%28Target+Liberty%29

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2:03 pm on September 11, 2018

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Hey, I’m On TV: C-Span

Yes, I’m on C-Span being interviewed about my most recent book:

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; https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/3319746502/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1531187909&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl2&tag=economicpolicyjournal-20&linkId=959e913e476f48b289a16223d557a826; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/07/new-walter-block-book-space-capitalism.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29;

you can access that interview right here:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?448910-4/space-capitalism; https://mises.org/power-market/walter-block-talks-space-capitalism-cspan

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5:17 pm on August 29, 2018

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From: J
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:00 AM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Economics Paper Submission

Professor Block,

I am an economics student at the University of XYZ (a program notorious for its emphasis on formalism and modeling). As might be expected, I have had significant difficulty connecting with faculty, none of whom seem to have any idea what I am talking about if I use words instead of numbers. I have started an Austrian economics organization (aptly called the “Mises Seminar”), but that is no replacement for faculty support.

Currently, I am working on a paper that I would like to submit for publication within the next couple of months. It centers around the sociological implications of the lack of a capital market in a socialist system. The basic thesis is that conflict between the central planner and everyone else is inevitable in such a system, thereby refuting the claim that the social harmony of a socialist system would outweigh the negative economic aspects. Thus, if taken in tandem, the arguments of Mises and Hayek condemn not only the economics of the system, but its social aspects as well.

I suppose the main problem is that I would like someone to help me a) write a good paper (i.e., review/comment on it) and b) help me through the submissions process because it’s my first time. Such a person is unavailable to me at my school for obvious reasons. As a result, I was hoping that you might be able to help me, or could at least recommend someone to me. Seeing as I hope to pursue graduate economics work, it is important to me that this goes well and I develop some connections. I would likely submit to either the QJAE, Libertarian Papers, or initially present at the Austrian Student Scholars Conference and proceed to submit to the QJ or LP afterward.

I have been a great admirer of yours for some time (although that probably goes without saying). As any good libertarian ought to, I have read Defending the Undefendable and found myself, well, defending what you made defensible. In particular, however, I have been influenced by your theory of animal rights and stimulated by evictionism, even if I can’t bring myself to completely agree with it. I have also drawn great inspiration from your Mises Institute lectures on praxeology and economics. If anyone has a claim to be Murray Rothbard’s heir as master of free market economics and libertarian theory, it is you–and that’s partially why I am reaching out to you in particular.

Of course, there’s no obligation to do anything, much less respond (we’re all libertarians here!), but I thought I would reach out to you given how much I have heard of your support of students in the past. Even though I will not be done with a first draft for quite some time, I thought I ought to reach out to you early in the process.

Respectfully, J, XYZ University

From: Walter Block [mailto:wblock@loyno.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:14 AM
To: J
Subject: RE: Economics Paper Submission

Dear J:

I assume you major in econ. In what year are you? Might you be interested in transferring to Loyola? Yes, whether you transfer here or not, I’ll help you with your paper. I co author a lot of papers with students. Might you be interested in doing that? It’s not necessary. I’ll still help you even if you’re not interested in a co authorship. Just send me a first draft of your paper.

Here’s some info on transferring to Loyola:

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

C’mon Down To New Orleans; The Water’s Fine. Enroll at Loyola University

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

Block, Walter. 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 (#8)
http://www.poletical.com/academics-helping-the-right.php

100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List (#46)
http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/libertarians-newsmax-freedomfest/2017/06/01/id/793510/

Best regards,

Walter

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue, Box 15, Miller Hall 318
New Orleans, LA 70118
wblock@loyno.edu
Skype: Walter.Block4
tel: (504) 864-7934

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