PERC and private property rights

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—–Original Message—–
From: William P. Grossklas, Sr. []
Sent: Thu 7/24/2014 4:47 PM
Subject: Fighting Fires

Excellent Dr. Block, excellent. Definitely on my list to send out to others. God bless you for all which you do.


—– Original Message —–
From: Walter Block
To: William P. Grossklas, Sr.
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:34 PM
Subject: RE: Fighting Fires

Dear Bill:

Thanks for your kind comments about this essay of mine:

Block, Walter E. 2014. “Fighting Fires.” July 24;;;

I sent it to Terry Anderson, the author of the essay I criticized.  I don’t think he read what I said, since he responded about the importance of private property rights. I said, “yes, but” you never mentioned property rights in your Wall Street Journal article. He never responded. I guess he didn’t read my critique.


I’d like to blog this conversation. Shall I do so anonymously, or may I use your name, e mail address? Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

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

Dr. Block, feel free to use whatever you wish.

As for me, I’m 72, worked for the phone company (Illinois Bell, Ameritech, SBC) for just a tad over 40 years (1960-2001). My wife and I have been married for 43 years this September and have nine children and fourteen grandchildren with two more on the way. Regarding religion, we are Roman Catholic with a preference for the traditional Latin Mass.

Personally, I have absolutely no use for government whatsoever. I like riding my 2006 Honda Helix which I try to do as much as possible year round. This picture, below, was taken in February 2013. People ask me about the Anarchy sticker on my windscreen from time to time and that leads to some interesting discussion.

I hope that does you some good Doctor.

With kindest regards,

Where is the flag of America, go north, south, east, or west
Wherever there’s wealth to plunder, or lands to be possessed
Wherever there’s feeble races to frighten coerce or scare
You will find the butcher’s apron, the American flag is there.
~ Paraphrase of an 18th century ditty about the British flag, but it fits the US today.

4:04 pm on August 1, 2014