Covid, a Libertarian Analysis

From: Lipton Matthews

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2020 11:59 AM

To: Walter Block <>

Subject: RE: Covid-19

Dear Professor Walter Block:

I just saw your libertarian analysis of Covid-19.  We need to ask an important question: Is it practical to prevent Covid-19? No one wants to get sick but we tolerate a litany of ailments even dangerous ones.  Most people who contract covid-19 won’t die, neither do they even require hospitalization.  So in the context of a sluggish economy, is hysteria sensible? I say no.  Chris Calton has a good piece evaluating the efficacy of masks and from my reading, they are not effective.  Many researchers admit that masks are at best marginal, if effective, nevertheless they recommend usage under the guise of altruism.

From: Walter Block <>

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2020 1:23 PM

To: ‘Lipton Matthews’

Subject: RE: Covid-19

Dear Lipton:

Good points. I’m not expert in these matters. I’m just hoping for a vaccine, a cure or herd immunity.

Block, Walter E. 2020. “A libertarian analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 24, No. 1;;

Best regards,



6:40 am on March 29, 2021