“Kick Me” Sign

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From: Jeremiah Dyke [mailto:jeremiah_dyke@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 3:29 PM
To: Walter Block
Subject: My Guru Mentor: A thought/theory question

Lets assume I have a “kick me” sign on my back and you proceed to kick me. Is this not advertisement? In the situation where a third party is responsible for the sign who is liable for the kick? I’m sure this question comes in many varieties.

Any direction you can send me?

Dear Jeremiah:

I don’t know any publication on that. My thought is that if you have a kick me sign on your FRONT, then, I may kick you (because you’d know it was there). But, if on your back, the presumption is that someone else stuck it there; then, I’d have to get your permission before I kicked you.

Best regards,


Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue, Box 5, Miller Hall 318
New Orleans, LA 70118
tel: (504) 864-7934
fax: (504) 864-7970

1:18 pm on November 7, 2009