Dear Mr. Block, I have several questions and I figured I would email you about these questions. My first question is that I want to get a degree in economics and possibly have a PhD in economics. I live in a mostly liberal/leftist state which is Washington State. Now, I looked and saw no universities in my state which has a professor that’s an austrian or teaches austrian economics. A lot of the schools that teach austrian economics or have austrian economists are over in the south or on the other side of the United States which I’m completely fine with. The only thing is out of state tuition which I might not be able to afford maybe if I get a scholarship I could get lucky not sure but I might have to go into debt doing so. Now, what would you reccomend for me to do in this situation? I mostly prefer being taught by an austrian. I saw the interview you just did where three people interview you and you mention something about having more people being students of already austrian economists. Being taught by a austrian economist really interests me. This is why I’m asking you this question about getting a degree in economics and possibly be a student of a austrian. Note that maybe there would be a austrian economist teaching in my state when I graduate from high school because I’m only 15 and I’m turning 16 next month.
My second question is under an anarcho-capitalist society how would we deal with nukes. The only thing I came to a conclusion if a person gets a hold of a nuke and launches it is a anti missle rocket or advanced technology in the world would counter that nuke. I have heard other people say nukes violate the NAP due to it can only be used in harmful ways. What is your opinion on nukes? Does it violate the NAP and are there other ways to counter nukes then what I listed to counter them?
I am writing a paper on Austro-libertarian theory of welfare trying to make it clear that justice weights infinitely more than efficiency. My aim is to ask a meaningful question of whether justice is positively correlated with efficiency. Some theories make this blunder of conceiving of efficiency only in terms or rights-respecting exchanges.
I vaguely remember that you had some polemic with Mr. Hudik about it, putting it very clearly that justice is a non-tradable good, which I loved!
Do you know of any other such statements? I definitely need some textual support in my paper.
Incidentally, how are things? What are you working on these days?
I was watching one of your lectures from MisesU 2016. It was the lecture on your book defending the undefendable. It was a great lecture, I quite enjoyed it and I plan on purchasing your book defending the undefendable 1 and 2, also 3 whenever that releases if it is still coming out. I wanted to ask you for the link to the study you mentioned when you were talking about the death penalty and the correlations between death penalty states vs execution states in terms of the utilitarian discussion on the death penalty.
Thanking you for your articles which I have just stumbled across.
As a co-founder of the Libertarian Party of Forsyth County, Georgia, affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Georgia and as such, I am supporting President Donald J. Trump in his current efforts to expose the massive voter fraud in this past “election.”
Did the Libertarians for Trump ever get off the ground?
Photographs of Lincoln during his campaign and his presidency were what we today would call “photoshopped” by Lincoln’s own version of Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in the person of photographer Mathew Brady. Brady even instructed members of the invading Yankee army to pretend they were dead so he could photograph the “corpses” to stir up war fever. Future photo-propagandists would follow Brady’s example, one of which even superimposed Lincoln’s head on another person’s body (Thanks to Lew for bringing the article to my attention).
From a superlative essay Bill Martin forwarded on the South’s honor and Constitutionality during the War of Northern Aggression:
Lincoln frequently invoked God’s name in association with his cause. Referring to the war, he declared: “The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time.” Lincoln implied that Northern victory bespoke God’s favor. …
[But v]ictory does not certify heaven’s approval. Did Stalin’s seizure of Lithuania signify that God loved the Red Army? When a woman struggles against two muggers and they overwhelm her, does their “triumph” mean providence has conferred its blessing on them? Conduct, not victory, best measures fulfillment of God’s will.
Remember that last line especially as we battle the Marxists devouring our country.
. . . as long as teenagers get one of the “vaccines,” he announced today. “It’s your turn,” he dictated to the group in society that has a 99.99999999999% survival rate from “COVID” even based on the CDC’s lying and bogus statistics.
Go to hell, Joe Biden (and all of your Demo-Bolshevik puppet masters who are really calling the shots since you are, after all, a senile vegetable).
Tom — Once upon a time as a willfully ignorant senior at Edison High School in Tulsa, I was a devout acolyte in the Church of Environmental Nonsense. I even had a green flag decal on my car with the stars on the flag replaced with the ecology symbol (my front license plate was white with a large peace symbol on it).
On one Earth Day several years ago, while teaching at Memorial High School (Edison’s rival), I was standing in the hall next to my classroom door during passing period between classes.
The principal strolled by and I stopped her. I told her that today was Earth Day, and on the first Earth Day in 1970 I walked almost two miles to school wearing a gas mask as a symbolic protest against pollution, wore it all day, especially in the special Earth Day assembly we had in the gym, and even posed with it on during art class.
She said, “Charles, you have always been a radical.”
It is imperative that you set aside the time to view this crucial conversational “stream of consciousness” exchange on how Miller has been singled out by vindictive cancel culture peers/students trying to drive him from his academic position, the rampant conformity and deferential acquiescence of the American populace to government authorities’ pronouncements and lockdowns, the totalitarian nature of the proposed Great Reset and vaccine passports, the malevolence of Bill Gates and other turgid elites, and the absolute necessity to move beyond ideological, racial, gender, impediments toward an open and free climate of civilizational restoration.
Says the New York Times, of all places. If you can’t access the article, I note the following:
“There are few if any documented cases of brief outdoor interactions leading to Covid transmission. If you’re passing other people on a sidewalk or sitting near them on a park bench, the exposure of exhaled particles appears to be too small to lead to infection.”
“Viral particles quickly disperse in outdoor air, and the risk of inhaling aerosolized virus from a jogger or passers-by are negligible,” my colleague Tara Parker-Pope writes, citing an interview she did with Linsey Marr of Virginia Tech. As Dr. Muge Cevik, an infectious-disease expert at the University of St. Andrews, says, outdoors is “not where the infection and transmission occurs.”
But of course, if you have not had the “vaccine,” then—
“There are still important precautions to take, ones that are much more based in science than universal mask wearing. Unvaccinated people should wear masks when in close conversation with people outside their family — even outdoors — and should almost always wear a mask when indoors and not at home. Vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask in many indoor situations, to help contribute to a culture of mask wearing. It’s the decent thing to do when more than half of Americans still are not vaccinated.”
Today, April 22, is both Vladimir Lenin’s birthday and “Earth Day.” It’s not just a coincidence, of course, since the “environmentalist” movement has always been about destroying economic freedom or capitalism and replacing it with socialism and central planning. Their latest tools in this regard are the twin totalitarian nightmares of the “Green New Deal” and “The Great Reset.” They are even now proposing a worldwide “lockdown” of the world economy every two years not because of any cold virus or outbreak of the sniffles but to supposedly combat “climate change.”
“Environmentalists” are in reality watermelons: Green on the outside, red on the inside.
Earth Day, by the way, was co-founded by a well-known composter.
Look out, courageous Canadian pastors: you have some competition from across the pond as British clergy remonstrate with their rulers against “passports” for the “vaccine.”
Two such divines are soliciting signatures from their colleagues across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for a letter they will send the prime minister. After assuring Comrade Boris Johnson that they are praying for his government (as I do as well, though perhaps a tad more acridly), they inveigh against the Passports-That-Aren’t for the Vaccine-That-Isn’t (only fitting, as both address a fake crisis). Being English, they do so with the utmost courtesy, but all the same, as Amanda put it when alerting me to this story, “Their righteous indication at church leadership and policy is music to my ears!”
First, their letter attacks the nonsense of pretending that the unvaxxed somehow threaten the vaxxed if the shots work. Second, they condemn the “medical apartheid” that will result from these permits.
But then comes my favorite of their three points, one we beseech their fellow Christians worldwide to espouse:
…as Christian leaders we wish to state that we envisage no circumstances in which we could close our doors to those who do not have a vaccine passport, negative test certificate, or any other “proof of health”. For the Church of Jesus Christ to shut out those deemed by the state to be social undesirables would be anathema to us and a denial of the truth of the Gospel. The message we preach is given by God for all people and consists in nothing other than the free gift of grace offered in Christ Jesus, with the universal call to repentance and faith in him. To deny people entry to hear this life-giving message and to receive this life-giving ministry would be a fundamental betrayal of Christ and the Gospel. Sincere Christian churches and organisations could not do this, and as Christian leaders we would be compelled to resist any such Act of Parliament vigorously.
Oh, glorious! Praise the Lord for these men of principle and faith!
This interview with our two heroes explores their shining witness:
Please God, He’ll raise up many more shepherds like these to defend His flock from voracious Marxist wolves.
This classic 1911 cartoon by the internationally acclaimed Communist cartoonist Robert Minor needs to be resurrected and posted on the front pages of every regime Establishment newspaper, beginning with the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
The cartoon depicts Karl Marx on Wall Street meeting President Teddy Roosevelt, in his Rough Rider uniform, cartridge belt and leggings, his famous teeth grinning, stretching out his hand and shouting, “Dee-lighted!” to greet a professorial, bearded man with a book under his arm entitled Das Kapital. And around Teddy stood a group of the leading capitalists and investment bankers, most notably John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Andrew Carnegie.
Sadly, the cartoon desperately needs to be updated for 2021 with the knelling, decrepit usurper Joe Biden surrounded by the leading honchos of Big Tech, Big Pharma, Wall Street banksters, and top CEOs of the Woke Fortune Five Hundred, eagerly lined up to French kiss the ass of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping.
In his remarks about the Derek Chauvin verdict, President Biden said that watching the Derek Chauvin trial was “traumatic and exhausting” for so many people. He then said, “It’s a trauma on top of the fear so many people of color live with every day when they go to sleep at night and pray for the safety of themselves and their loved ones.” If, as the context suggests, he meant that people of color live in fear that they will be assaulted or killed by the police, it’s hard to understand why in the next sentence he said, “most men and women who wear the badge serve their communities
honorably.” If that is true, why the fear?
It’s about time. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance (no relation) “announced on Wednesday that his office would no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage.” Prostitution is a victimless crime. I have written much on this subject. See, most recently, “Time to End Ridiculous Prostitution Laws.”
In our perilous, chaotic times of Black Lives Matter and George Floyd, it is essential to know the deep background story of the history of Communist apparats/fronts and African-Americans, from the beginning of the Communist Party (and other Marxist-Leninist ideological instrumentalities) attempts to capture and engage the allegiance of Black Americans from 1919 to the present. Black Lives Matter, Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA)
Says one of the world’s chief global central economic planners, oligarchs, and technocrats – one who just happens to be the largest holder of farmland in the US:
“I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference…. So for meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible. But it’s one of those ones where, wow, you have to track it every year and see.”
Concerning political correctness, Jesus provides a strategy as to how to respond. Christians and non-Christians alike can look to such examples and learn from them, and Christians especially are on the hook to do as their Master does.
To 2019. On a visit to southeast Georgia, I saw store clerks with no masks, hotel desk clerks with no masks, and waiters and waitresses with no masks. Even the girl who served me breakfast at my hotel (we could not get our own breakfast) did not wear a mask even though her hotel had signs on all the doors about wearing a mask to enter. What a nice thing to see people’s faces for a change. I thought it was 2019 again. Although I live in “open” Florida, the commie Democrats control all the major cities and have mask requirements. The mask compliance rate at stores I go to (always maskless) is about 98 percent even though most stores say nothing to anyone without a mask. All the Walmarts here have a mask nazi stationed at the door. Once you get past them by showing them a mask in your hand or holding one up to your face for 3 seconds, you can go right up to the managers and talk to them and they won’t say a word about having no mask. Hey Floridians: take off your masks!