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Is It Incompatible With Libertarianism To Accept Government Money? No.

Letter 1

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 1:35 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

i hope you’re not using tax $ (via a government grant) to pay their salary.

Research Assistant Job Available

Letter 2

On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 12:54 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear R:

I’m happy to say that I am (a small portion of my endowed professorship comes from the state of Louisiana). Better that I spend this money for my purposes, than it remains in state hands, and is used for their purposes.

Several times in my career I worked full time for public universities: The University of Central Arkansas, Rutgers University, Baruch College, SUNY Stony Brook. I drew full time salaries in all these cases. I’ll consider giving up this sort of thing when you and others stop your subsidies from government: walking on the streets, riding your car on its roads, availing yourself of its public libraries. How about stop eating food, due to farm subsidies?

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 2:01 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

1. i returned ALL of my research funds from both  the NSF and the state of IL in 1990 and never took another penny thereafter.

2. i don’t use public libraries, or drive a car. and i don’t walk at all (i do use my power chair on the sidewalks).

3. both my father and my father-in-law were multi-millionaires and they paid taxes far in excess of whatever the gov’t has spent on things that i use (as if that could even be determined).

Letter 4

On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 2:06 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

What? You use your power chair on the sidewalks. For shame

Do you eat food? Wear clothes? Have electricity in your home. The govt is involved in that.

Libertarianism is not a suicide pact

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 5

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 2:58 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

the government is involved in EVERYTHING. not my fault; i didn’t ask them to.

Letter 6

On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 3:23 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Not my fault either. But, you’re changing the topic. The subject we were discussing is, whether or not I’d be justified in accepting money from the government. I think we’ve now established that I am. You too. All of us are. Except for members of the ruling class.

Here are some readings on ruling class theory

In the view of Rothbard, 2004: “All States are governed by a ruling class that is a minority of the population, and which subsists as a parasitic and exploitative burden upon the rest of society. Since its rule is exploitative and parasitic, the State must purchase the alliance of a group of ‘Court Intellectuals,’ whose task is to bamboozle the public into accepting and celebrating the rule of its particular State. The Court Intellectuals have their work cut out for them. In exchange for their continuing work of apologetics and bamboozlement, the Court Intellectuals win their place as junior partners in the power, prestige, and loot extracted by the State apparatus from the deluded public. The noble task of Revisionism is to de-bamboozle: to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history of the motivation, the nature, and the consequences of State activity. By working past the fog of State deception to penetrate to the truth, to the reality behind the false appearances, the Revisionist works to delegitimize, to desanctify, the State in the eyes of the previously deceived public.” For more on this see Block, 2006; Burris, 2012; Domhoff, 1967, 1971, 1998; Donaldson and Poynting, 2007 ; Hoppe, 1990; Hughes, 1977; Kolko, 1963; Mises, 1978; Oppenheimer, 1975; Raico, 1977; Rockwell, 2001; Rothbard, 2004

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.pdf; http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdf; (death penalty justified, net taxpayer, ruling class analysis p. 87)

Burris, Charles A. 2012. “Who Rules America: Power Elite Analysis and American History.” January 18; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/burris/burris21.1.html

Domhoff, G. William. 1967. Who Rules America? Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Domhoff, G. William. 1971. The Higher Circles: The Governing Class in America. New York: Vintage Books

Domhoff, G. William. 1998. Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000, Third Edition, Santa Cruz: University of California

Donaldson, Mike and Scott Poynting. 2007. Ruling Class Men: Money, Sex, Power. Peter Lang.

http://books.google.com/books/about/Ruling_Class_Men.html?id=V-KjZ8p3N2oC

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1990. “Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall, pp. 79-94; http://mises.org/journals/jls/9_2/9_2_5.pdf http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:K12nTci91bQJ:www.mises.org/journals/jls/9_2/9_2_5.pdf+%22Marxist+and+Austrian+Class+Analysis,%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

Hughes, Jonathan R.T. 1977. The Governmental Habit: Economic Controls from Colonial Times to the Present.  New York: Basic Books,

Kolko, Gabriel. 1963. Triumph of Conservatism, Chicago: Quadrangle Books

Mises, Ludwig von. 1978. The Clash of Group Interests and Other Essays. New York: Center for Libertarian Studies. http://www.mises.org/etexts/mises/clash/clash.asp

Oppenheimer, Franz. [1914] 1975.  The State, New York: Free Life Editions

Raico, Ralph. 1977. “Classical Liberal exploitation theory: a comment on Professor Liggio’s paper,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer, pp. 179-184; http://mises.org/daily/4567/; http://mises.org/document/1641/Classical-Liberal-Exploitation-Theory-A-Comment-on-Professor-Liggios-Paper

Rockwell, Jr. Llewellyn H. 2001. “Liberty and the Common Good” December 31;

http://www.mises.org/article.aspx?Id=860

Rothbard, Murray N. 2004. “The Case for Revisionism (and Against)”; http://mises.org/library/case-revisionism-and-against-priori-history

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Letter 7

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 3:30 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

i don’t feel a need to justify accepting anything the government does that benefits me. but i don’t solicit money from the government.

Letter 8

From: Walter Block [mailto:wblock@loyno.edu]

Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:47 PM

To: R

Subject: RE: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

Ragnar Danneskjold “solicited” money from government, and he was a hero. I urge you to reread some of the bibliography I mentioned, above. I think you seriously misconstrue the theory of libertarianism.

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

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Letter 1

From: M

Sent: Friday, August 9, 2019 11:00 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: The Judge

Dear Professor Block –

For context, I don’t particularly subscribe to any ideology but I do find that the most convenient political labels for my point of view are libertarian bordering on anarchist. In short, I root for the secessionists.

As an almost twenty year reader of lewrockwell.org and, on occasion, mises.org I am familiar with your work and generally sense you’re a smart academic, which is far from redundant.

Given my opinion on your intelligence, I find it hard to believe you entirely missed the point on your ongoing series: “The judge is a really swell guy”. The original letter was really about a guy voicing his disgust with the judge. His tangent on being a “real libertarian” was just his lame way of presenting the fact. But you’re smart. You know that.

You can have ” Judge Andrew Napolitano is an Excellent Libertarian” Part M and it won’t change that most of us “libertarians” can’t stand him. This is the second time I’ve reached about this guy after to watching him post blog after blog of “Russiagate” bullshit. First time was to Lew. I’m a busy guy and it ain’t my business what you guys put on your sites. In fact its only the second time in the twenty years of reading LRC I’ve ever bothered at all. (The first time was about the joyless Laurence Vance – life of the party I’m sure)

Whether the judge is or isn’t a libertarian or “anarcho-capitalist” or whatever big-brain terms you conjure is beside the point. The point is: he’s a dickhead. A former agent of the state who has, along with bat-shit crazy left wingers, corporate media, Glenn Beck, Bill Kristol, et al., signed up for the anti-Trump brigade.

It ain’t hyperbole: there’s a war on. Like it or not (and I don’t fucking like it) you gotta pick sides. Does my side suck? On a lot of things: yes. But it beats the hell out of the alternative. Especially as the rats like Scarborough, Bill Kristol and George Will are shook out. The judge has chosen. He’ll find no quarter or rest with me, libertarian or not. There are more important things than ideology.

Now you know my opinion.

Cheers,

M

Letter 2

From: M

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:23 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: RE: The Judge

Hey professor – given all of the judge nappy’s recent opinions, maybe you should run another “the judge is the greatest asshole libertarian of all time” version umpteen hundred.

M

Letter 3

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:41 PM

To: M

Subject: RE: The Judge

Dear M:

I’m a Trump supporter, vis a vis any of the likely democratic nominees (maybe with the exception of Tulsi? Probably not, although that’s close, for me; she’s the best of a poor lot. Great on foreign policy, horrid on econ).

So, I do disagree with my friend Andrew on this one issue.

But, I don’t apply your very stringent criterion: if you think a libertarian is wrong on one issue, you damn him to hell; you say he’s not a libertarian at all.

I revere Murray Rothbard and Ron Paul. Yet, I disagree with both on abortion. I’m an evictionist, the former is a pro choicer, the latter a pro lifer. If I adopted your policy, I’d damn both to hell, remove them from my list of libertarians.

I continue to think that Napolitano, along with Rothbard and Paul, are all magnificent libertarians, despite that fact that I don’t agree with them 100% on all important issues.

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 4

From: M

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 11:08 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: RE: The Judge

Dear Walter –

Thanks for the measured email. I know you’re a busy man and probably receive a good amount of correspondence. Thanks for you kindness even though I vented at you.

I’m actually not a Trump supporter. I did vote for him (and I hadn’t voted for a president since Ross Perot). The thing to me is, not about Trump, but that he represented the “None of the Above” choice like in the movie Brewster’s Million.

I agree with you about Tulsi. If she somehow miraculously wins the nomination, I may vote for her. Not because I necessarily agree with her politics, but because she would be a breathe of fresh air.

I also agree with you about libertarians having different opinions. If one characteristic were to define the group, that characteristic would be we are autonomous thinkers.

In addition, I do not hold that judge nappy isn’t a libertarian. But I do hold that he is f*cking up big time. Not in holding the president accountable (although I think he fails to see most of us who voted for him could give two shits how “constitutional-ly” and “gentleman-ly” he executes the job) but that he fails to acknowledge the cancer while droning on about a common virus. Trump may be a nasty influenza virus, but he ain’t the stage 4 terminal cancer that is the two wings of the war party.

We can hold different opinions, but I think sometimes in history you just needed to be on the right side. A poor example I’m sure, but take 1917 Russia for instance. I don’t know whether two similar minded people could take different stances on bolshevists. To me (and I suspect a lot of similarly situated “country boys”), when the dust settles the judge is going to be on the same side of history as Adam Schiff and Mitt Romney. And even though he probably won’t need it, as a tv celebrity and former state agent, he won’t find any quarter or sympathy from us. Libertarian … maybe. More importantly, turncoat for the deep state – most likely.

Thanks again for your response in spite of my tactlessness.

M

Letter 5

Dear M:

We all get excited sometimes. No problemo.

I think what you’re talking about, what we’re talking about, is a litmus test. An issue so outrageous, that if you take the wrong position on this one issue, no matter how good you are on everything else, you’re not a libertarian.

For example, putting people in jail for smoking marijuana. Probably, if you were a consistant libertarian on every other issue apart from that one, your libt credentials would be in great doubt. But there must be very few such litmus tests. How about the minimum wage? Or compelling the Christian to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. I’m not sure.

But the legal status of Trump’s behavior, and abortion, and immigration, are very complicated issues. I think libertarians can disagree on those, and, still, clearly, remain libertarians on both sides.

Best regards,

Walter

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From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 7:58 PM
To: B

Dear B:

Here are some readings on voting:

Pro: Block, 2012, 2018; Block and Fryzek, 2015; Rothbard, 1972A, 1972B; Spooner, 1870;

con: McElroy, 2013; Watner, 2000

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

http://libertycrier.com/education/walter-blocks-new-book-on-ron-paul/;

http://libertyunbound.com/node/862

Block, Walter E. 2018. “Voting; rejoinder to Casey, McElroy, Ward, Pugsley, Konkin and Barnett.” Political Dialogues: Journal of Political Theory; pp. 23-38;

http://apcz.umk.pl/czasopisma/index.php/DP/issue/view/1503/showToc

Block, Walter and Nathan Fryzek. 2015. “Was It Immoral to Vote for Ron Paul? And other libertarian questions and answers.” November 26;  http://www.targetliberty.com/2015/11/was-it-immoral-to-vote-for-ron-paul.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TargetLiberty+%28Target+Liberty%29

Rothbard, Murray N. 1972A. “Should Libertarians Vote?”  Outlook, April, p. 6.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1972B. “Interview.” February 25;

https://mises.org/blog/voting-immoralhttps://mises.org/library/new-banner-interview-murray-n-rothbard-0

Spooner, Lysander. 1966[1870]. No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority and A Letter to Thomas F. Bayard, Larkspur, Colorado: Rampart College; http://jim.com/treason.htm

McElroy, Wendy. 2013. “The Faux Slavery Analogy to Voting.” July 31;

http://dailyanarchist.com/2013/07/31/the-faux-slavery-analogy-to-voting/

criticizes Walter E. Block

Watner, Carl. 2000. “Is Voting an Act of Violence?” April, The Voluntaryist. No. 103; http://voluntaryist.com/articles/103.html#.VzDxM0n2Y5s

Vegetarian, anti https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63NNuG-6-hQ

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3:03 pm on November 21, 2019

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From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 1:24 PM
To: M
Subject: RE: Price controls
Dear M:

Here are some readings on price controls. I hope they are of help to you:

Block, Walter E. 1998. “Private Roads, Competition, Automobile Insurance and Price Controls,” Competitiveness Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 55-64

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

http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/modigliani.htm

Block, Walter E. 1998. “Private Roads, Competition, Automobile Insurance and Price Controls,” Competitiveness Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 55-64; http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/privateroads.htmhttp://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=191&hid=116&sid=781cb0b0-a517-47c5-9874-ee43ba5138d5%40sessionmgr3;

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=60&hid=16&sid=905a5e5a-2bf8-4aac-bec0-e39eeb9a3b10%40sessionmgr105

Rothbard, Murray N. 1993. “Price Controls Are Back!”  The Free Market.  Auburn, AL: The Ludwig von Mises Institute, June, pp. 1, 7-8.

Schuettinger, Robert L. 1979. Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls: How Not Fight Inflation. Green Hill Publisher.

Sowell, Thomas. 2014. “Predatory Journalism.” October 21;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/10/thomas-sowell/predatory-lending/

Anderson, 2001; Block, 1995, 1998; von Mises, 2005; Murphy, 2018; Nino, 2018; Rothbard, 1993; Schuettinger, 1979.

Anderson, William L. “Economists for Price Controls?.” 2001. June 11;

https://mises.org/library/economists-price-controls

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

http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/modigliani.htm

Block, Walter E. 1998. “Private Roads, Competition, Automobile Insurance and Price Controls,” Competitiveness Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 55-64; http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/privateroads.htmhttp://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=191&hid=116&sid=781cb0b0-a517-47c5-9874-ee43ba5138d5%40sessionmgr3;

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=60&hid=16&sid=905a5e5a-2bf8-4aac-bec0-e39eeb9a3b10%40sessionmgr105

von Mises, Ludwig. 2005. “Inflation and Price Control.” May 27;

https://mises.org/library/inflation-and-price-control

Murphy, Robert P. 2018. “How Not to Address Rising Oil Prices: Lessons from Nixon’s Price Controls.” April 26;

https://mises.org/wire/how-not-address-rising-oil-prices-lessons-nixons-price-controls

Nino, Jose. 2018 “John Oliver is Wrong About Venezuela — It’s a Socialist Country.” May 30; https://mises.org/wire/john-oliver-wrong-about-venezuela-%E2%80%94-its-socialist-country

Rothbard, Murray N. 1993. “Price Controls Are Back!”  The Free Market.  Auburn, AL: The Ludwig von Mises Institute, June, pp. 1, 7-8.

Schuettinger, Robert L. 1979. Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls: How Not Fight Inflation. Green Hill Publisher.

Sowell, Thomas. 2014. “Predatory Journalism.” October 21;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/10/thomas-sowell/predatory-lending/

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3:01 pm on November 21, 2019

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Speeding, Atom Bombs and the NAP

Eric Peters wrote a fascinating and important essay on these issues:

Peters, Eric. 2019. “A-Bombs in the Neighbor’s Basement and the NAP.” November 19;

I have a somewhat different take on both.

On speeding:

In my view, there is nothing wrong with driving at 120 miles per hour, nor should it be illegal, provided that the private owner of this property allows such behavior

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.pdfhttp://mises.org/daily/3416http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/radical_privatization.pdf; audio: http://store.mises.org/Privatization-of-Roads-and-Highways-Audiobook-P11005.aspxhttp://www.audible.com/pd/Business/The-Privatization-of-Roads-and-Highways-Audiobook/B0167IT18K?tag=misesinsti-20http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bf16b152ccc444bdbbcc229e4&id=6cbc90577b&e=54244ea97d

http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/09/book-review-privatization-of-roads-and.html

On the neighbor keeping an atom bomb in his basement:

In my view, this would be a violation of libertarian law, and the person doing this should be considered a criminal.

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

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2:59 pm on November 21, 2019

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May Libertarians Disagree With One Another, And Still Be Libertarians? Yes

Dear M:

Re this.

I’m a Trump supporter, vis a vis any of the likely democratic nominees (maybe with the exception of Tulsi? Probably not, although that’s close, for me; she’s the best of a poor lot. Great on foreign policy, horrid on econ).

So, I do disagree with my friend Andrew on this one issue.

But, I don’t apply your very stringent criterion: if you think a libertarian is wrong on one issue, you damn him to hell; you say he’s not a libertarian at all.

I revere Murray Rothbard and Ron Paul. Yet, I disagree with both on abortion. I’m an evictionist, the former is a pro choicer, the latter a pro lifer. If I adopted your policy, I’d damn both to hell, remove them from my list of libertarians.

I continue to think that Napolitano, along with Rothbard and Paul, are all magnificent libertarians, despite that fact that I don’t agree with them 100% on all important issues.

Best regards,

Walter

PS. I’m a big fan of Laurence Vance’s

From: M

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:23 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: RE: The Judge

Hey professor – given all of the judge nappy’s recent opinions, maybe you should run another “the judge is the greatest asshole libertarian of all time” version umpteen hundred.

M

Dear Professor Block –

For context, I don’t particularly subscribe to any ideology but I do find that the most convenient political labels for my point of view are libertarian bordering on anarchist. In short, I root for the secessionists.

As an almost twenty year reader of lewrockwell.org and, on occasion, mises.org I am familiar with your work and generally sense you’re a smart academic, which is far from redundant.

Given my opinion on your intelligence, I find it hard to believe you entirely missed the point on your ongoing series: “The judge is a really swell guy”. The original letter was really about a guy voicing his disgust with the judge. His tangent on being a “real libertarian” was just his lame way of presenting the fact. But you’re smart. You know that.

You can have  “Judge Andrew Napolitano is an Excellent Libertarian” Part M and it won’t change that most of us “libertarians” can’t stand him. This is the second time I’ve reached about this guy after to watching him post blog after blog of “Russiagate” bulls**it. First time was to Lew. I’m a busy guy and it ain’t my business what you guys put on your sites. In fact it’s only the second time in the twenty years of reading LRC I’ve ever bothered at all. (The first time was about the joyless Laurence Vance – life of the party I’m sure)

Whether the judge is or isn’t a libertarian or “anarcho-capitalist” or whatever big-brain terms you conjure is beside the point. The point is: he’s a d**khead. A former agent of the state who has, along with bat-sh*t crazy left wingers, corporate media, Glenn Beck, Bill Kristol, et al., signed up for the anti-Trump brigade.

It ain’t hyperbole: there’s a war on. Like it or not (and I don’t f**ing like it) you gotta pick sides. Does my side suck? On a lot of things: yes. But it beats the hell out of the alternative. Especially as the rats like Scarborough, Bill Kristol and George Will are shook out. The judge has chosen. He’ll find no quarter or rest with me, libertarian or not. There are more important things than ideology.

Now you know my opinion.

Cheers,

M

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12:30 pm on November 13, 2019

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Murder Is Always A Violation of the NAP, But It Is Not Always Wrong.

Dear R:

If the Martians threaten to blow up our entire planet unless someone kills innocent person Joe, it is murder to do so, but it would not be wrong to murder him, paradoxically, saving all others except for him.

Here are some readings 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

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 1:32 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Evictionism – LRC Blog

do you claim that murder is  always wrong? if so, why? you might cite the NAP but that is an axiom and as such, it has no foundation. i would like to live amongst people who follow the NAP but i don’t claim that it is anymore than my personal wish.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/evictionism-4/

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11:27 am on November 13, 2019

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Dear Ed:

Here are some good intros to Austrian econ:

Callahan, 2004; Gordon, 2000; Hazlitt, 1946; Murphy, 2007, 2010; Rothbard, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1985, 1990; Taylor, 2011

Good luck in your new teaching career.

Callahan, Gene. 2004. Economics for Real People: An Introduction to the Austrian School, Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf

Gordon, David. 2000. Introduction to Economic Reasoning. Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Economic-Reasoning-David-Gordon/dp/0945466285/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374198019&sr=1-1&keywords=Gordon+David+economics

Murphy, Robert P. 2007. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. Regnery

Murphy, Robert P. 2010. Lessons for the Young Economist. Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Rothbard, Murray N. 1962. “The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar,” In Search of a Monetary Constitution, Leland B. Yeager, ed., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 94-136, and Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute. See also “The Logic of Action One” pp. 364-384; http://mises.org/story/1829http://mises.org/rothbard/100percent.pdf

Rothbard, Murray N.  1963. America’s Great Depression (Sheed and Ward, Kansas City).

Rothbard, Murray N. 1969. Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure, Lansing, Michigan: Constitutional Alliance; http://mises.org/tradcycl/econdepr.asphttp://mises.org/daily/3127/Economic-Depressions-Their-Cause-and-Cure

Rothbard, Murray N. 1985. “The Case for a Genuine Gold Dollar.”  L. H. Rockwell, The Gold Standard: An Austrian Perspective.  Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, pp. 1-17.  Reprinted in The Logic of Action One: Method, Money, and the Austrian School.  Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 1997, pp. 364-383.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1990. What Has Government Done to Our Money?, Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://www.mises.org/rothbard/rothmoney.pdf

Taylor, Thomas C. 2011. An Introduction to Austrian Economics. Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://mises.org/books/introtoaustrian.pdf

Best regards,

Walter

From: E

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:50 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Cc:

Subject: teaching a course in austrian economics

Dear Friends:

I may have the opportunity to teach a course (adjunct) in intro economics at the local community college. I’m free to offer the course however I’d like which would give me the chance to provide an intro to Austrian economics. This would be a great opportunity as I live in the ultra-progressive heart of Liz Warren country here in Massachusetts where Keynesian economics still holds sway.

If Walter or any of you might share a syllabus or offer advice about how to structure the course (readings, class assignments, projects, discussion topics,) I’d be most grateful. I don’t think I’ll hit them over the head with “Human Action” but something more digestible for beginning students would be just the thing.

Thanks for any suggestions or links to materials and best wishes to Who Dat Nation. Last year you wuz robbed and this year I’m hoping to see the Saints and the Pats meet each other in The Big One.

E

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11:25 am on November 13, 2019

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Second Best Solutions Regarding Ocean Privatization?

Letter 1

From: F

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:22 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>;

Subject: Practical Application of Privatization of Water

Dr. Block,

I reached out to you last year regarding DtU II and you graciously connected me to B and L.

As the author of Space and Water Capitalism when I was presented with this challenge I immediately thought of you. We’re having major issues protecting the economic impact of deteriorating coral reefs in South Florida. I wanted to speak with you to get some ideas on how we could devise an insurance program to cover these potential economic impacts.

You wrote: “water is akin to fast moving land…”

Please let me know if you could do a 30 min call in the coming week or two?

Warm regards from a huge fan,

F

Letter 2

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:16 PM

To: F, J

Subject: RE: Practical Application of Privatization of Water

Dear F:

A 30 minute call? Maybe. But, first, do tell me by return e mail, what this is all about.

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3

From: F

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:56 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>;

Subject: RE: Practical Application of Privatization of Water

Dr. Block, thank you for the prompt response.

We are working with the Nature Conservancy to see if insurance can be a funding solution for the economic losses related to coral reef damage.

I would like to know if you have any ideas on:

1.       What kinds of economic damages we can attribute directly to the loss of coral reefs beyond the obvious (flood barrier, tourism, natural water filtration)

2.       Most importantly, how could private financing of this work?

We’re basically trying to find a way to privately fund the cost of coverage for a negative externality in the commons.

One way they have addressed this in the past is through a tax where the NC acts as a manager of a dedicated fund. The fund procures insurance, restoration and mitigation efforts on behalf of the governments that impose this tax on tourists.

What are arrangements we could propose that could fund this in a private manner? Since we cannot privatize this property, is there a way of creating “synthetic” privatization where you get similar benefits of ownership without actual title? I just don’t know if you’ve thought through something like this before.

The economic impact of coral reefs to South Florida not considering the flood barrier is estimated around $1bn a year.

F

Risk Management Consultant

Letter 4

Dear F:

Sorry, I can’t help you. I put 100% of my efforts on issues like this to promote ocean privatization, in which case the externality will be internalized.

Here’s my book on that subject:

Block, Walter E. and Peter Lothian Nelson. 2015. Water Capitalism: The Case for Privatizing Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and Aquifers. New York City, N.Y.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield; https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498518802/Water-Capitalism-The-Case-for-Privatizing-Oceans-Rivers-Lakes-and-Aquifershttps://mises.org/library/case-privatizing-oceans-and-rivers

scathing review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1SMO4B0T1AWM5/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1498518826https://store.mises.org/-P11051.aspx

I put no effort into thinking about how this could be done when the tragedy of the commons is still in operation. If you come up with anything on this score, I’d be delighted if you would share it with me.

Well, apart from fish farming, and, privatization of small parts of the ocean near the coast for crab and lobster raising. Wait, there’s also shooting whales with electronic devices to claim ownership.

Best regards,

Walter

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3:33 pm on November 10, 2019

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From: M
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:27 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: hi

Hi Dr. Block,

Huge fan. Can you recommend maybe the best 10 books to recommend to someone to begin an understanding of Austrian economics?

Thanks for all you do.

M

Dear M:

Here are some excellent ones:

Callahan, 2004; Gordon, 2000; Hazlitt, 1946; Murphy, 2007, 2010; Rothbard, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1985, 1990; Taylor, 2011

Callahan, Gene. 2004. Economics for Real People: An Introduction to the Austrian School, Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf

Gordon, David. 2000. Introduction to Economic Reasoning. Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Economic-Reasoning-David-Gordon/dp/0945466285/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374198019&sr=1-1&keywords=Gordon+David+economics

Murphy, Robert P. 2007. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. Regnery

Murphy, Robert P. 2010. Lessons for the Young Economist. Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Rothbard, Murray N. 1962. “The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar,” In Search of a Monetary Constitution, Leland B. Yeager, ed., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 94-136, and Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute. See also “The Logic of Action One” pp. 364-384; http://mises.org/story/1829http://mises.org/rothbard/100percent.pdf

Rothbard, Murray N.  1963. America’s Great Depression (Sheed and Ward, Kansas City).

Rothbard, Murray N. 1969. Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure, Lansing, Michigan: Constitutional Alliance; http://mises.org/tradcycl/econdepr.asphttp://mises.org/daily/3127/Economic-Depressions-Their-Cause-and-Cure

Rothbard, Murray N. 1985. “The Case for a Genuine Gold Dollar.”  L. H. Rockwell, The Gold Standard: An Austrian Perspective.  Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, pp. 1-17.  Reprinted in The Logic of Action One: Method, Money, and the Austrian School.  Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 1997, pp. 364-383.

Rothbard, Murray N. 1990. What Has Government Done to Our Money?, Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://www.mises.org/rothbard/rothmoney.pdf

Taylor, Thomas C. 2011. An Introduction to Austrian Economics. Auburn: AL, Ludwig von Mises Institute; http://mises.org/books/introtoaustrian.pdf

Best regards,

Walter

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