Animal Rights? Debates Amongst Libertarians

Dear Paul:

Here are my pubs on that subject:

Montgomery, Stephen and Walter E. Block. 2016. “Animal torture and thick libertarianism.” Review of Social and Economic Issues (RSEI), Vol 1, No. 3, Spring, pp. 105-116. http://rsei.rau.ro/images/V1N3/Articol_5.pdfhttp://www.rebe.rau.ro/RePEc/rau/rseijr/SP16/RSEI-SP16-A5.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Steven Craig. 2017. “Animal torture.”  The Review of Social and Economic Issues (RSEI); http://rsei.rau.ro/index.php/lasthttp://rsei.rau.ro/index.php/10-published-issues/10-volume-1-number-4

Block, Walter E. https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/two-challenges-to-libertarianism/

Block, Walter E. 2020. “On Huemer on Ethical Veganism.” Studia Humana.

Volume 9:2, pp. 53-68; DOI: 10.2478/sh-2020-0013;

http://studiahumana.com/wyd,34.htmlhttp://studiahumana.com/pliki/wydania/10443-Volume9_Issue2-07_paper.pdfhttps://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/sh/9/2/article-p53.xml; file:///C:/Users/WBlock/Downloads/[22990518%20-%20Studia%20Humana]%20On%20Huemer%20on%20Ethical%20Veganism.pdf;

https://doi.org/10.2478/sh-2020-0013 |

Best regards,

Walter

From: Paul Petrone

Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 11:25 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: WSJ Post

Why should humans have rights but not animals? Not sure I follow the logic… we are slightly more evolved animals imo.

On Friday, November 13, 2020, 09:00:40 AM PST, Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear Paul:

I too care for some animals more than some humans.

I believe animal cruelty, torture is evil, despicable. A real low level in hell is reserved for such awful people. But, I don’t believe animals have rights. Cruelty to them is punishable by boycotts, but I don’t think it should be punishable by law

Best regards,

Walter

From: Paul Petrone

Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:34 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: WSJ Post

I’ll take it.

I read about you – you believe animal cruelty isn’t punishable?

That’s a tough pill to swallow… care more about animals than most humans.

On Nov 12, 2020, at 8:22 PM, Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/reactions-to-my-recent-op-ed-in-the-wall-street-journal/

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2020 9:37 AM

To: ‘Paul Petrone’

Subject: RE: WSJ Post

Dear Paul:

Hey, Trump didn’t lose yet! Let’s see what the Supreme Court says about all of this electoral fraud.

Best regards,

Walter

From: Paul Petrone

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2020 9:33 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: WSJ Post

Fair on abortion – although I cannot imagine a true libertarian being against gay marriage. Most libertarians would argue that marriage shouldn’t be a government issue at all.

Either way, the bigger point is that Trump was far from being a libertarian. He was against many things I’m for. It’s his own fault he lost the election, he simply wasn’t a good enough candidate – same was true for Gore in 2000.

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 9, 2020, at 9:38 AM, Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear Paul:

But immigration, abortion, even gay marriage (albeit to a lesser degree) are highly contentious issues amongst libertarians.

For example, Ron Paul is pro life, Murray Rothbard, pro choice. I favor open borders, Hans Hoppe opposes them. Many religious libertarians oppose gay marriage

Best regards,

Walter

From: Paul Petrone

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2020 7:38 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: WSJ Post

The idea that us Libertarians should fall in line and vote for a Republican simply because you want us to is ridiculous.

Republicans generally stand for less economic intervention, although Trump has been a strong supporter of increase immigration restrictions (not the wall, but limiting visas) which flies in the face of that. They also are for the war on drugs, fought against gay marriage, and continue to fight against abortion, all restrictions of liberty.

Democrats favor more economic restrictions, and yet favor freedom on drugs, marriage, social issues, etc..

Here’s the bigger point – both parties are broken. We shouldn’t vote for the best of two evils, we should vote who we think is best. And there’s nothing more annoying than people who cry for a vote they don’t deserve.

-Paul

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