Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:34 PM
To: Walter Block <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Teaching my first micro economics course
Not many to be honest,
I was and still am very opposed to supporting Donald trump over a different candidate, mainly due to his beliefs on immigration, trade, and foreign policy. I know libertarians support open borders, free trade, and world peace but I don’t believe trump is the lesser of all evils at the moment. I believe Donald trump’s rhetoric is inspiring hateful people to take more hateful philosophical positions (for example calling immigrants rapists and murderers). I think his presidency will set back libertarian ideals for a number of years.
I think fractional reserve banking has the potential not to be fraudulent as well, but we are nowhere near something like that.
Recently my own thinking has been challenged in the wake of this coming election, in terms of creative destruction While creative destruction is necessary and unavoidable (which also presents opportunities for unemployment insurance) I am starting to think creative destruction is in part due to unintended consequences of poor contractual planning. I believe there are many people in the world who would oppose the automation of their job if they knew it was going to be automated UNLESS they were incentivized not to care. It seems to me we are entering an age where the lifetime of a job should be considered in ones employment contract, which opens up a Pandora’s box of problems when dealing with fraudulent claims. How does one prove, a company paid you to create your replacement that you didn’t know about? I think a lot of these problems can be solved by contracts but not completely. I don’t think it’s socially acceptable yet to ask your employer if they plan on automating your job away, much less get an honest answer.
Hope to get your thoughts! J
I favor open borders, and oppose fractional reserve banking as necessarily fraudulent. See these pubs of mine.
The economist was asked, “How is your wife?” Came the answer: “Compared to what!” Yes, the Donald is a horrid blow hard. But, compared to Hillary? He’s great. Compared to any of the total commies now likely to be the Democratic candidate? Again, he’s great.
Block, 1983A, 1983B, 1988, 1990, 1998, 2004, 2011A, 2011B, 2013, 2016A, 2016B, 2017, 2018; Block and Brekus, 2019; Block and Callahan, 2003; Deist, 2018; Gregory and Block, 2007;
Block, Walter E. 1983A. “How immigrants CREATE jobs,” North Shore News, p. A6, January 30; http://tinyurl.com/2xklvn
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Available for free here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B00FX9dsY4zJNXU5SmVKYVBQOWs/edit?usp=sharing;
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Deist, Jeff. 2018. “Block on immigration.” September 4;
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Barnett, William and Walter E. Block. 2009. “Financial Intermediaries, the Intertemporal-Carry Trade, and Austrian Business Cycles; or; Crash and Carry: Can Fraudulent Time deposits lead to an Austrian Business Cycle? Yes.” Journal Etica e Politica / Ethics & Politics; Vol. XI, No. 1, pp. 455-469; http://www2.units.it/~etica/2009_1/BARNETT_BLOCK.pdf
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I am in enthusiastic support of publication of this paper, pretty much as is; well, with a minor revision. This is an important paper and deserves to be published. It is beautifully written, and makes a substantive contribution. The only recommendation I would make is that the author cite more of the literature in support of his thesis. I don’t require that each and every publication on the following list be mentioned by this author, and integrated into his paper, but, at least he should be aware of this literature, and utilize more of it.
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