A Critique of Libertarian Private Property Rights Theory

From: R
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:56 AM
To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Subject: Private Property

Dear Walter,

My friend said he’s going to buy the property surrounding my house. I won’t be able to get in or out of my house because he won’t let me onto his property.

He also said he’s going to pollute the river he bought even though it’s well stocked with fish and frequented by fisherman.  He said he can do that because it’s his property.

Regards,

R

Dear R:

I’ve written two books refuting this challenge to libertarian private property theory:

Here’s my recent appearance on TV: C-Span. I did an interview on my most recent book:

Nelson, Peter Lothian and Walter E. Block. 2018. Space capitalism: the case for privatizing space travel and colonization. Palgrave Macmillan;https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-74651-7https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/3319746502/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1531187909&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl2&tag=economicpolicyjournal-20&linkId=959e913e476f48b289a16223d557a826http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/07/new-walter-block-book-space-capitalism.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29;

You can access my appearance here:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?448910-4/space-capitalism;

https://mises.org/power-market/walter-block-talks-space-capitalism-cspan;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/hey-im-on-tv-c-span/

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute;http://www.amazon.com/Privatization-Roads-And-Highways-Factors/dp/1279887303/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336605800&sr=1-1; available for free here: http://mises.org/books/roads_web.pdfhttp://mises.org/daily/3416http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/radical_privatization.pdf; audio: http://store.mises.org/Privatization-of-Roads-and-Highways-Audiobook-P11005.aspxhttp://www.audible.com/pd/Business/The-Privatization-of-Roads-and-Highways-Audiobook/B0167IT18K?tag=misesinsti-20;http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bf16b152ccc444bdbbcc229e4&id=6cbc90577b&e=54244ea97d

http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/09/book-review-privatization-of-roads-and.html

I think I respond successfully to these two challenges to libertarian private property rights theory.

Best regards,

Walter

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2:35 am on March 25, 2019