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Igor Wysocki and Walter Block will be guest editing a special issue of Philosophical Problems in Science (a Polish journal: Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce — ZFN). We are looking for papers addressed to the philosophy of economics.

Here is the official announcement: https://zfn.edu.pl/index.php/zfn/announcement/view/26

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3:30 am on January 15, 2023

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To: Walter’s Newsletter <[email protected]>

Subject: Re: Jews May No Longer Like What the Democrats Are Selling

I’d love to understand why Jews have been so liberal for so long.  It’s never made sense to me.  Entrepreneurial, smart, successful people who are too dumb to understand the environment that nurtures success?  Just doesn’t add up.  Yet, I’ve never heard any Jew explain it.  Not Friedman, not Schiff, not Walter…

John

Dear John:

It is, indeed, a big mystery. Take Albert Einstein for example. He’s supposed to be pretty smart. I don’t know enough about physics or math to independently assess this claim, but I take everyone’s word for it.

And yet, he was a socialist:

Einstein, Albert. 1949. “Why Socialism?” May;

http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism

https://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/

How can we account for this? The only explanation that pops up in my mind is that he was malevolent; hated mankind. Wanted to saddle us with a horrid economic system. The only problem with this hypothesis is that there’s not a scintilla of evidence for it, and lots against it.

And this explanation doesn’t account for the fact that the overwhelming majority of (non orthodox) Jews are pinkos. I’m Jewish. I know a lot of Jews. They are NOT malevolent. They honestly feel that socialism will benefit mankind.

Go figure.

However, I do think I have at least part of the explanation of why most people, Jews included, are pinkos, commies, “progressives,” socialists, lefties, liberals:

Levendis, John, Walter E. Block and Robert B. Eckhardt.  2019. “Evolutionary psychology, economic freedom, trade and benevolence.” Review of Economic Perspectives – Národohospodářský obzor; Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 73-92; https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/revecp/19/2/article-p73.xml; 10.2478/revecp-2019-0005; DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/revecp-2019-0005; https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/here-is-one-of-my-best-scholarly-papers-ever/https://pennstate.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/evolutionary-psychology-economic-freedom-trade-and-benevolencehttps://www.growkudos.com/publications/10.2478%252Frevecp-2019-0005/reade; file:///C:/Users/WBlock/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/18LCUGME/18041663%20-%20Review%20of%20Economic%20Perspectives%20Evolutionary%20psychology%20economic%20freedom%20trade%20and%20benevolence.pdf

Best regards,

Walter

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3:54 am on January 5, 2023

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From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

To: Steven

Subject: RE: Have you seen this?? Thots??

Dear Steve:

Wonderful to hear from you. I wish you a happy new year.

Zelensky is Jewish, no?

I wonder why Israel gave even one penny to Ukraine.

Here are my thoughts on this matter:

Block, Walter E. 2022. “Nuclear War.” April 27;

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/april/27/nuclear-war/

Nuclear War?

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/april/27/nuclear-war/

reprint:

Block, Walter E. 2022. “Nuclear War.” April 28;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/04/walter-e-block/nuclear-war/

Block, Walter E. 2022. “Russia and Ukraine.” March 5;

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/march/05/russia-and-ukraine/

Russia and Ukraine

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/march/05/russia-and-ukraine/

Best regards,

Walter

From: Steven

Excellent Letter to a big hypocrite Zelensky from  Israel. We remember The UKES complicity with the Nazis, so why bother getting worked up over the Russian invasion. To paraphrase Marie Antoinitte…”Let them eat dirt”  The best Jews should be towards Ukraine is INDIFFERENCE. and if America continues to aid the Ukes via Biden the liar, then the worse should fall on the US.

On Sat, Dec 31, 2022 at 4:01 PM ZK  wrote:

Subject: A Letter to Volodymyr Zelenskyy the President of Ukraine from a Jew

Home  Thoughts  Opinions  A Letter to Volodymyr Zelenskyy the

President of Ukraine from a Jew

A Letter to Volodymyr Zelenskyy the President of Ukraine from a Jew

By Nurit Greenger -Tue March 22, 2022

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3:51 am on January 5, 2023

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This Is The Best Letter I Have Ever Had From A Former Student

From: L

To: [email protected]

Subject: Jr.

Dear Walter:

My girlfriend is pregnant. I have told her about you and my wishes to name our boy after you. We do not know the sex of the child yet (she is one month pregnant). She has shown resistance to our son being named Walter, she claims it sounds like “water” but I will continue trying to convince her. If it were up to me, our first boy would be named Walter Aristotle Rivera or Walter Paul Rivera.

Best regards,

L

From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

To: L

Subject: RE: Jr.

Dear L:

I am greatly honored by your thought.

Best regards,

Walter

From: L

To: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Subject: Re: Jr.

Dear Walter:

My soon to be fiancé (Crismelis) has a doctor’s appointment next week (11th) the doctor will very likely know the baby’s sex. Her original intent was to have a gender reveal party but I am thinking she might cave and find out what the sex is and forget about that gender reveal mumbo jumbo. I spoke to her tonight and she has agreed to name our child if it’s a boy, “Aiden Walter Rivera!” I do not see her changing her mind leading up to the birth but the baby could end up being a girl. I will find out soon. She chose “Aiden” because she says it doesn’t sound bad if Walter is the middle name. I pled my case to her she gave in. Despite me not seeing you in a very long time, you have meant a lot to me in my life. Thank you for explaining the world to me, thank you for sticking up and believing in me, thank you for being the biggest role model of my life. I always admired your bravery, the logical ways you saw amd explained the world, your curiosity, everything. I’ll never ever forget you. Naming my son is proof of this. You are the greatest man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Thank you for your friendship and everything that you taught me. You taught me economics, real history, biodiversity, political philosophy, how to make arguments and much more, how to write better. You are more like me than anyone, even in my own family and finding you, reassured me that it was not me who was wrong but statists, central planners, empiricists, blank slate theorists etc. Thank you for everything that you do and have done for me and for liberty and the truth.

Best regards,

L

From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

To: L

Subject: RE: Jr.

Dear L:

You do me great honor. It was a delight to have you as a student.

Best regards,

Walter

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3:50 am on January 5, 2023

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Dear Colleagues who teach at schools of business:

Were you aware that our accrediting agency, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, now requires member schools to incorporate the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into the curriculum? There are 17 of them. To meet the AACSB requirement, you only need to incorporate one of these goals, but you are free to incorporate more than one. Here is the list.

1.       No poverty.

2.       Zero hunger.

3.       Good health and well-being.

4.       Quality education.

5.       Gender equality.

6.       Clean water and sanitation.

7.       Affordable and clean energy.

8.       Decent work and economic growth.

9.       Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

10.     Reduced inequalities.

11.     Sustainable cities and communities.

12.       Responsible consumption and production.

13.       Climate action.

14.       Life below water.

15.       Life on land.

16.       Peace, justice and strong institutions.

17.       Partnerships for the goals.

Here’s an easy way to meet the AACSB requirement. Assign this article for your students to read.

Is the AACSB Requiring Member Schools to Teach Bad Economics? Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, 23(2), 383-403 (2022). Robert W. McGee and Walter E. Block. https://ssrn.com/abstract=4311893

You can discuss it in class, or ask them to write a brief summary of the article, either as a nongraded requirement or for extra credit, or as part of the course grade.

You might include the following language in your syllabus or Learning Management System (LMS):

The AACSB, which accredits our business school, requires us to incorporate the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into our curriculum. Reading this article will meet that requirement.

Is the AACSB Requiring Member Schools to Teach Bad Economics? Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, 23(2), 383-403 (2022). Robert W. McGee and Walter E. Block. https://ssrn.com/abstract=4311893

To provide documentation that you have read the article, you are required to write a 200-word summary and upload it to Canvas (or other Learning Management System).

Again, you can give them a grade for it or you can make it a noncredit assignment that they must complete as part of the course in order to document the fact that it has been incorporated into your course.

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3:47 am on January 5, 2023

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Why I Write by Walter Block

In this previous blog of mine, I was trying to figure out why I write. I waffled around. I mentioned several options, all of which are secondary. Getting it “off my chest” was as close as I came.

I finally figured it out: if I didn’t write, I’d simply burst. You’d literally see little pieces of me all over the place. I’m sure that if I were the last man on earth and no one would ever read what I wrote, I’d still write. Writing is a tonic for me. I feel GREAT when I write, especially, rarely, when I come up with something of mine that I really like.

Don’t get me wrong. The thought that I’m actually promoting libertarianism and good (e.g., Austrian) economics by a little bit through my writing (and public speaking) is also a big turn on.

Also, I don’t like to brag, but I’m a really good touch typist. I can do 100 words per minute. So writing is easy for me and really great fun.

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3:15 am on December 29, 2022

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A reader of mine criticized some publication of mine on the ground that it was not likely to persuade anyone.

Here was my response to him:

My prime motive is rarely to influence anyone, to persuade anyone, to converty anyone to either Austrian economics or libertarianism. If that occurs, I certainly welcome it; that’s great.

But my main goal is to, what?, tell it like it is? Kick butt? Make Murray Rothbard smile when he looks down at what I’ve done from his present perch on high? Obliterate falsity? Pulverize evil? Bear witness to the Truth with a capital T?  Get it off my chest? It’s hard for me to express exactly what I think I’m doing when I write or do interviews, public speaking, but its something along these lines.

Don’t get me wrong. Converting people to the One True Faith is important, and I delight in it. No one gets into Heaven who is not a libertarian. But this goal is secondary, as far as I’m concerned.

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4:13 am on December 25, 2022

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See here.

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9:04 am on December 14, 2022

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My old friend Walter E. Grinder has passed away. When I first was honored to be part of Murray N. Rothbard’s living room crowd, it was Walter who took me under his wing. I owe a great debt to him for my adherence to, and knowledge about, Austrian economics and libertarianism. For a time, he an I were best friends. Walter never published too much, but his influence on the Austro-libertarian movement was profound. I was far from the only person for whom he fulfilled the role of tutor, mentor, friend. Walter was one of the few people to whom I dedicated my first published book, Defending the Undefendable I. Walter Grinder, RIP.

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3:12 pm on December 8, 2022

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https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/walter-blocks-talk-on-abortion-at-the-libertarian-scholars-conference-nashville-tennessee/

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