Advice for a High School Student About College, University Enrollment

From: J
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 10:19 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: I know a high school senior who’s interested in studying economics next year, however…

Hello Dr. Block,

We’ve never met or spoken before, but I have spent hours reading your writings and listening to your talks. You could say that I’m a fan. However, I am not writing to you just to express my admiration, I’m looking for some professional advice from you.

My girlfriend’s son is 17 and a senior in high school. I have recently discovered that he wants to major in economics in undergraduate school. Ultimately I think he wants to go to law school. My question to you is, what do you think the best way to introduce you, your department, and possibly Austrian economics in general to this very bright young man?

Some background…he’s been living his whole life in a lefty matrix and is impressed by people like Richard Wolff (https://www.rdwolff.com/)(yikes!). Last August his mom and I visited Cambridge MA so that we could bring him home after attending a couple of workshops at Harvard. He really wants to go to Harvard right now (I hope he gets in too, assuming that’s what he wants when it’s time to choose, if he gets the choice). So, you might have a hard sell with this guy. However, I feel like now is a very good time to at least try to point him in a different direction.

One of the many good things about him is that he is willing to discuss libertarianism and economics with me. I’ve explained to him the NAP and some basic economics (like the benefits of trade), but I’m no Walter Block (not even a shadow) or even Richard Wolff, so he’s not too impressed with me. (haha…it’s ok, I’m an engineer, not an academic). However, if you can point me to something that might catch his attention I would happily pass it along.

Thank you for your time, I’m sure you’re very busy all of the time!

Best Regards, J

Dear J:

Thanks for your kind words.

My advice to this young man is that if he can get into Harvard (or Yale or Princeton or Stanford or any of those), and, if he has a high tolerance for political correctness with no libertarianism at all in the mix, then go there. On the other hand, if he doesn’t get into any of those places, and/or, would like something of a free enterprise bent in addition to PC (of which we, too, have plenty), then he should come here. In the meantime, apply to a half dozen of those prestigious places, plus Loyola, and then see what’s what.

See the case not only for applying to Loyola, but actually enrolling here, below.

I myself went to a non prestigious undergraduate program at Brooklyn College, and then to Columbia U for my phd. So, it is possible to come here for undergrad, and then get into a prestigious law school or grad school. I think the prestige of the grad school is more important than where you go for an undergrad degree. One more piece of advice. He can always transfer here for his sophomore year if he doesn’t like where he goes for his freshman year.

Best regards,

Walter

Loyola has a high tuition; this cannot be denied. However, this Jesuit University does award scholarships, not only on a need basis. As well there is the Walter Block Scholarship, which is additional to the funds offered by Loyola: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/12/introducing-walter-e-block-scholarship.html

Further info on the WB scholarship:

Block, Walter. 2019. “Prospective libertarian students should consider the Walter Block scholarship.” February 3;

https://www.loyolamaroon.com/10021154/showcase/opinion-prospective-libertarian-students-should-consider-the-walter-block-scholarship/;

https://www.targetliberty.com/2018/12/an-opportunity-to-study-under.html

The Walter Block Scholarship

I have been a professor of economics at Loyola since 2001. During that time, I have had numerous excellent students, who were interested in my research projects: Austrian economics and libertarian theory. I have been lucky that many of these students, while still in high school, read my publications and listened to my speeches, some in person for example at the Mises University, and others on the web. As a result, they enrolled at Loyola in order to study with me, and my half dozen fellow free enterprise professors. This might not sound like all that much, given that we have some 200 professors, but, believe me, Loyola New Orleans is a beacon of light as far as Rothbardianism and Misesianism are concerned. At next door Tulane University, with a faculty at least triple our size, there are only two professors who fit this bill. And at LSU in Baton Rouge, quadruple our size, there is not a single solitary professor who espouses such a political economic philosophy. Yes, we have numerous social justice warriors, Marxists, feminists, professors, as do virtually all universities. But, at least at Loyola, a student will be introduced to both sides of debatable issues, unlike at most universities. As well, with so many professors who appreciate economic freedom, there are many students who also do. According to research I have seen, one of the best predictors of student satisfaction is finding friends among the student body.  You will, here at Loyola.

So, if you are a student at a junior or two year university, which has no libertarian professors, and no students of this persuasion either, think of transferring to Loyola. If you are a high school student, getting ready to apply to university, consider us. If you are a parent or grandparent of a college age person, do consider suggesting that they apply for admission to Loyola, in order to study with me and my free enterprise fellow colleagues.

Just recently, a former student of mine has set up a Walter E. Block scholarship. It is worth $25,000, for the next four years, for a total of $100,000. I am now able to disburse these funds to Loyola students who demonstrate an interest in private property, free markets and limited government. Make no mistake about this, Loyola’s tuition is very high. However, my school does give generous scholarships, based on financial need, and also for other reasons. My scholarship money will be in addition to those funds, not a replacement for them. So, apply to Loyola, even if you thought our price tag was too high. With this scholarship money at my disposal, we can be financially competitive even with public universities.

This award is for students who are interested in studying the economics of free enterprise, who are supporters of the philosophy of private property rights, limited government, deregulation, free trade. Please provide me with evidence of your interest in this libertarian free market philosophy. Books you have read on this subject? Book reports on them? Term papers on this subject? Leaders of this philosophy by whom you have been influenced? As an application, please write me a letter along these lines. You can reach me at wblock@loyno.edu

Block, Walter. 2019. “Attention High School Students.” February 6;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/02/walter-e-block/attention-high-school-seniors/

Block, Walter E. 2017. “C’mon Down To New Orleans; The Water’s Fine. Enroll at Loyola University.” June 27;

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/cmon-new-orleans-waters-fine-enroll-loyola-university/

Loyola Economics Students Published Widely in Refereed Journals; http://www.loyno.edu/news/story/2017/7/17/3962

http://business.loyno.edu/bios/faculty?field_bio_program_filter_value=Economics

Block, Walter. 2017. “The Best Place to Study Undergraduate Economics.” June 30; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/06/the-best-place-to-study-undergraduate.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Wenzel, Robert. 2017. Interview with Walter E. Block. “The Inside Scoop on Studying Economics at Loyola University-New Orleans” September 3;

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/09/the-inside-scoop-on-studying-economics.html

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/09/the-inside-scoop-on-studying-economics.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Attention Students: Should You Get Your Ph.D. and Become a Professor?” June 28; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block104.html (debate with Gary North) https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/young-person-saved-from-academia/;

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/04/loyola-professor-attacks-austrian.html

Top Ten Contemporary Academics Helping The Political Right (#8)

http://www.poletical.com/academics-helping-the-right.php

https://www.literature-map.com/max+stirner.html Literature map; some interesting writers

100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List (#46)

http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/libertarians-newsmax-freedomfest/2017/06/01/id/793510/

Block, Walter E. 2018. “Scholarship Opportunity: Spring 2019 New Business Students!” December 15; https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/12/walter-e-block/scholarship-opportunity-spring-2019-new-business-students/

Wenzel, Robert. 2018. “An Opportunity to Study Under a Libertarian Great.” December 11;

http://www.targetliberty.com/2018/12/an-opportunity-to-study-under.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TargetLiberty+%28Target+Liberty%29

Wenzel, Robert. 2018. “Introducing the Walter E. Block Scholarship.” December 11; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/12/introducing-walter-e-block-scholarship.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Our economics department: http://www.business.loyno.edu/bios/faculty?field_bio_program_filter_value=Economics

Walter E. Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of more than 500 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows.  He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute, 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award (2005, 2008) and the Mises Institute’s Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; and the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007.

Prof. Block counts among his friends Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard. He was converted to libertarianism by Ayn Rand. Block is old enough to have once met Ludwig von Mises, and shaken his hand. Block has never washed that hand since.  So, if you shake his hand (it’s pretty dirty, but what the heck) you channel Mises.

Block is a leading Austrian School economist and an international leader of the freedom movement. His earliest work Defending the Undefendable (first edition Fleet 1976, latest edition Mises 2008, translated in 12 languages) is now, more than 30 years later, still regarded as a classic of libertarianism. This collection of essays, which argues in behalf of societal villains as economic scapegoats based on the principles of nonaggression, forces its reader to think and to rethink his initial knee-jerk emotional responses, and to gain a new and far sounder appreciation of economic theory and of the virtues and operations of the free market economy. Block’s writing was inspired by Henry Hazlitt, the author of the most widely read economics text Economics in One Lesson. Block’s latest book is: Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty.

Block has been a fixture in the libertarian movement for some four Decades. He actually met Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, and was friends with, and mentored by, Murray Rothbard.  His contributions to academic libertarianism and to Austrian economics have been prodigious. Block’s writings continue to challenge the conventional wisdom (or ignorance) of how economics works and will retain its freshness for decades to come.  His public speaking style has been described as a combination of that of Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce and Murray Rothbard

Dr. Block has written over 500 articles for peer reviewed refereed journals, some two dozen books, and literally thousands of op eds for magazines and newspapers. Block appears widely on radio and television. He is a contributor to such scholarly journals as The Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Libertarian Studies, The Journal of Labor Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is currently Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, at Loyola University New Orleans….

Walter E. Block is the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics at Loyola University New Orleans. His Ph.D. was from Columbia University. His interests include Austrian economics and libertarian theory. He has published almost 600 articles in refereed journals, 27 books, and thousands of op eds.He lectures globally at university campuses, business and civic groups. He has a series on privatization (roads, oceans and space); his most popular books are Defending the Undefendable I and II; he is now working on volume III in this series plus a libertarian analysis of abortion. His main claim to fame is that he once shook the hand of Ludwig von Mises, and never washed his hand afterward. It is now pretty dirty, but if you shake his hand, you channel this hero of his.

Top Ten Contemporary Academics Helping The Political Right (#8)

http://www.poletical.com/academics-helping-the-right.php

https://www.literature-map.com/max+stirner.html Literature map; some interesting writers

100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List (#46)

http://www.newsmax.com/BestLists/libertarians-newsmax-freedomfest/2017/06/01/id/793510/

Autobiography: https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block21.html

https://libertarianconvention.org/speakers/walter-block/

URLs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfyVuSKkE0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfyVuSKkE0

http://www.walterblock.com/media/

http://www.walterblock.com/publications

http://www.walterblock.com/

www.WalterBlock.com/publications

www.mises.org/blockhttp://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=443

http://www.mises.org/media.aspx?action=showname&ID=443

http://www.bostream.nu/lal/Walter/Johan2.html#IV

http://cba.loyno.edu/faculty/Block/index.html

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=walter+block&btnG=Search

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=Walter+Block&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Search

www.walterblock.com http://www.walterblock.com (Kins)

Pic: http://business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblockhttp://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblock

http://business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblock

c.v.: http://www.cba.loyno.edu/faculty.html

http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty/wblock

http://ssrn.com/author=71168

http://itunesu.mises.org/

http://mises.org/media.aspx?action=author&ID=443

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrTsaSUFfpo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WhqTtil7Ls&feature=channel_page;

http://mises.org/multimedia/block/block-Fraser.wmv

http://mises.org/Controls/Media/MediaPlayer.aspx?Id=4044 bsll

blog posts for the Mises Institute: http://blog.mises.org/author/walter_block/

Mises Daily articles: http://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=443

scholarly articles and book on the Mises Institute website: http://mises.org/literature.aspx?action=author&ID=443

http://www.walterblock.com/media

pic: http://tinyurl.com/23br6j2;

http://www.business.loyno.edu/system/files/images/loyola-university-new-orleans-walter-block_0.jpg;

http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/walter-block.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/walter1897/5015192410/

http://mises.org/articles.aspx?AuthorId=443

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=Walter+Block&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

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3:06 am on September 25, 2019