Current Event Questions

From: Justin O’Connell

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Interview Request by GoldSilverBitcoin

Dear Dr. Block,

My name is Justin O’Connell. Would you answer some questions in a document about current events? I will shop the piece to Mises.org, The Dollar Vigilante, elsewhere, and ultimately publish on my website GoldSilverBitcoin.com. I will then share it around on social, etc. Thank you. Here are the questions:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1llS0u33Mf6tWCrvBCC8tf28IqSd13hJGQoWc26QFPGw/edit?usp=sharing

Best,

Justin O’Connell

Dear Justin:

Here you go:

What is surprising, novel, ironic, or controversial about the current economic situation in which we find ourselves? Why?

It reminds me of the aftermath of Katrina in 2005. Then, too, the entire city of NO was deserted. But now, this applies pretty much to the entire world, with the exception of Sweden (God bless that country) and only a few others. Twilight zone, here we come.

What economic effect does “The Great Lockdown” have on the economy?

Worse than the Great Depression of 1929-1939. Real starvation is in the offing if the lockdown continues.

How does your thesis that all government employees are guilty of crimes against humanity demonstrate itself today?

I don’t believe that all government employees are guilty of crimes against humanity. I only believe there is a presumption that this is true. But this presumption can be defeated. I myself have been employed by several government universities: StonyBrook SUNY, Baruch College, CUNY, Rutgers Newark and the U of Central Arkansas. But, I think I can defeat that presumption, since I promoted liberty in all those places. Well, defeat most of that presumption at the very least.

How have the last two months informed your views?

I don’t know about “informed” but my views on political philosophy have not changed in the last 2 months.

What does the immediate future hold?

Who know?. It depends to a great degree on what politicians do. I expect that the US and most other countries will follow the Swedish model, and we’ll achieve herd immunity by 2021 world wide. At least I hope so. If we get rid of the FDA, fat chance, we’ll sooner have a cure or a vaccine for Covid.  As to the rebound of the economy, U shaped or V shaped, if we deregulate, then the latter.

Is there anything else of note we should mention?

Best regards,

Walter

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3:58 pm on July 15, 2020