Walter Block’s Upcoming Talks in Vancouver, Canada

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I’ll be giving two public speeches in the next little while in Vancouver, Canada.

Here are the official announcements, about which I shall say a few words below:

Libertarian Party of Canada National Convention, Vancouver, April 30–May 1 with Canada`s top libertarian thinkers: Narveson, Lemieux & Block(!!) See here for details and to download a registration form. Starts Saturday, April 30 at 9AM at Columbia College, 6th floor, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver. Please come! This is the first time this quadrennial convention has been held in Vancouver. Not only will we be entertained by mind-expanding seminars, but you also get your chance to have input on party policy and help select a new party leader and new board of directors. Reply to this email now if you wish to come. Don’t miss this!!

May 21st (Saturday, 6PM) Block-Grubel Debate “What is the optimal size of government?” — Cheers, 125 E. 2nd St., North Vancouver $2 to the club and then order what you wish from the menu. In 1998 Herbert Grubel (together with Johnny Chao) published “Optimal Levels of Spending and Taxation in Canada” (open the OptimalLevels link here) making the claim that “the optimum rate of spending was estimated to be 34 percent (of GDP).” Block, needless to say, disagrees. Should be a rip-roaring, bare knuckle affair! RVSP to this email to reserve a spot.

With regard to my panel discussion with Pierre Lemiux and Jan Narveson: You might think that since the three of us are all libertarians, that we would agree entirely with each other on the subjects to be discussed (ranging widely over economics, foreign policy, personal liberties, and libertarian theory); preliminary discussions between the three of us reveal that this is not so. I won’t say that sparks will fly here, but I do expect an interesting dialogue with my two libertarian colleagues.

As regards my debate with Herb Grubel, my former colleague at the Fraser Institute, here sparks will indeed fly. We will be debating free market anarchism — or anarcho capitalism (my view) — versus his conservative version of the role of the state. Herb is a former economics professor at Simon Fraser University (so I’m sure he will be sophisticated enough to hoist the public goods argument against me), as well as a former member of parliament of the Canadian government, so he will be able to offer an insider’s view of the state.

3:38 pm on April 21, 2011