Conversations with Stephan Kinsella; fan letter, dueling, senility

1. fan letter

From: Stephan Kinsella <nskinsella@gmail.com>

Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:56 PM

To: Dr. Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>; Hans Hoppe <hoppe@mises.com>

Subject: Fwd: thank you letter

the kind of stuff that keeps me motivated.

———- Forwarded message ———

From: ondu <dulavao@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 8:52 PM

Subject: thank you letter

To: <nskinsella@gmail.com>

Hi.

You dont know me but its ok – im happy reader/viewer of your stuff on the internet.

Become ancap cuz you wallter block and hoppe.

You have a brilliant thing for identification of problems and sharp ways of solving them.

You made my life unimaginately richer.

Thank you sir.

Wish nothing less but a good health and happiness to you and your family.

Best regards .

Ondrej Dulava

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:47 PM

To: Stephan Kinsella ; Hans Hoppe

Subject: RE: thank you letter

Dear Ondu:

Thanks for your kind words.

Best regards,

Walter

Stephan Kinsella

2. Dueling

From: Stephan Kinsella

Sent: Friday, February 21, 2020 12:55 PM

To: Dr. Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: defending

Walter, you were great on Woods. Something occurred to me — not sure if you have covered this yet in your books but — how about dueling. I think Congress tried to outlaw it by constitutional amendment, and even some libertarians (like Patrick Burke) oppose it. Or down a notch–professional sports, football, boxing, car racing–where people take risks of injury, for fame or fortune.

On a related matter–when you talked about the middleman I was reminded of something in a recent podcast interview of Rob Bradley where he was going into all these contortions some oil traders etc. would engage in , in the 70s or 80s or whatever, to avoid all these energy regulations–they would sell the barrel many times through different parties to re-classify the barrel so as to lower taxes. The end result was a work-around, around the restrictions that would otherwise have restricted gasoline supply to consumers, but of course this was at the price of higher costs, and also, spread the profit around to newer parties, many of then truly unnecessary “middlemen” (because you don’t really need to trade a barrel of oil 10 times to get it to the consumer, but the regulations incentivized this).

Hope all is well.

Stephan Kinsella

Dear Stephan:

Defending the Undefendable II

Part I.  TRADE

Chapter 1. The Multinational Enterpriser…………………………………………….Page 13

            Chapter 2. The Smuggler…………………………………………………………………..Page 25

            Chapter 3. British Petroleum………………………………………………………………Page 45

            Chapter 4. Nuclear Energy………………………………………………………………..Page 53

            Chapter 5. The Corporate Raider……………………………………………………….Page  59

Part I.  LABOR

Chapter 6. The Hatchet Man……………………………………………………………..Page 67

            Chapter 7. The Home Worker……………………………………………………………Page 73

            Chapter 8. Picket-Line Crosser ………………………………………………………….Page 79

            Chapter 9. The Daycare Provider……………………………………………………….Page  97

            Chapter 10. The Automator……………………………………………………………….Page 105

Part III. MEDICAL

            Chapter 11.The Smoker……………………………………………………………………Page 117

            Chapter 12. The Human-Organ Merchant…………………………………………..Page 127

            Chapter 13. Breast-Milk Substitute Purveyor ………………………………………Page 139

Part IV. SEX

            Chapter 14. Topless in Public……………………………………………………………Page 149

Chapter 15.  Polygamous Marriage……………………………………………………Page 155

            Chapter 16. Burning Bed………………………………………………………………….Page 159

Part V. DISCRIMINATORS

Chapter 17. The Sexist…………………………………………………………………….Page 167

Chapter 18. Peeping Tom…………………………………………………………………Page 177

Chapter 19. The Ageist…………………………………………………………………….Page 191

Chapter 20. The Homophobe……………………………………………………………Page 197

Chapter 21. Stereotyper……………………………………………………………………Page 207

Part VI. BUSINESS

Chapter 22. The War Toy Manufacturer…………………………………………….Page 223

Chapter 23. The Colorizer………………………………………………………………..Page 233

Chapter 24. The Baby Seller……………………………………………………………..Page 239

            Chapter 25. Heritage Building Destroyer……………………………………………Page 243

Part VII. THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT

Chapter 26. The Bad Samaritan…………………………………………………………Page 255

Chapter 27. The Duelist……………………………………………………………………Page 267

Chapter 28. The Executioner…………………………………………………………….Page 275

Chapter 29. The Dwarf Thrower…………………………………………………………Page 285

Chapter 30. Intellectual Property Denier………………………………………………Page 291

Best regards,

Walter

3. Senility

From: Stephan Kinsella

Sent: Friday, March 06, 2020 7:16 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: defending

I think I knew this! I blame it on memory and old age and entropy, and God. Mea culpa!

Dear Stepan:

We’re all getting senile. I’ve got less of an excuse than you. I WROTE this essay on dueling, and still wasn’t sure that I had; I had to check.

On at least 2 occasions, I wrote a second book review for the same book, forgetting that I had already reviewed that book!

And that’s several years ago.

I’ll betcha you can’t top that!

Block, Walter E. 1996. Book review of Hoppe, Hans Hermann, The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy, Kluwer: Boston, 1993, in 49 Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, Vol. VII, No. 1, March, pp. 161-165;

Block, Walter E. 2002. Book review of Hoppe, Han-Hermann, Democracy, The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order, 2001, in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 61, July, pp. 747-750;

Block, Walter E. 1991. Book review of Michael Levin, Feminism and Freedom, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, 1987, in The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. X, No. 1, pp. 97-106; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/10_1/10_1_6.pdfhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/228278236_Levin_on_Feminism_and_Freedom?ev=prf_pub

Block, Walter E. 1989. Book review of Michael Levin, Feminism and Freedom, New Brunswick, N.J.:  Transaction, 1987, in Nomos, Vol. 7, No. 1, spring, pp. 25-26.

I’m afraid to look at these four publictions of mine, for fear that I took different perspectives on these two books each time I wrote about them. I doubt I did, but I’m too scared to look.

Look at the DATES on these 4 publications. I’ve been senile for a long time!

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4:17 pm on June 14, 2020