Flagpole

From: HeartLess SoyBoy

Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:33 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

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Hi, Walter Block. In your answer to David Friedman’s flagpole example against the NAP. You said, the question isn’t “should you let go of the flag the pole?’.  The question is “Is the flag pole owner a murder for trying to get the flag grabber off of his flag pole and leading to his death?”. Then you later said, “No, the flag pole owner isn’t doing anything wrong. He’s simply defending his property rights.” Well, I have a question. If you saw me kick someone off my flagpole. Are you really not going to think of me as any worse than he otherwise would?

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Friday, February 28, 2020 12:48 AM

To: HeartLess SoyBoy <rsecomic12s@gmail.com>

Subject: RE:

If you did that, unless the guy on the flagpole was a threat to you, I’d think of you as heartless, callous, nasty,  immoral. But, libertarianism isn’t about all of morality. It concerns a very thin slice of it: what is just law? And, just law upholds property rights, and opposes trespass. David Friedman misunderstands libertarian theory on this matter.

Thanks for very accurately putting the point across. Many people, not you, don’t understand what’s at stake here. An attack on the very essence of libertarianism.

I’ve written a bit about this:

Block, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011

Block, Walter E. 2001. “Jonah Goldberg and the Libertarian Axiom on Non-Aggression.” June 28; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/orig/block1.html

Block, Walter E. 2002. “Radical Privatization and other Libertarian Conundrums,” The International Journal of Politics and Ethics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 165-175; http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/radical_privatization.pdf (murder park)

Block, Walter E. 2003. “The Non-Aggression Axiom of Libertarianism,” February 17; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block26.html

(15th floor flagpole)

Block, Walter E. 2004. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part I” Reason Papers, Vol. 27, Fall, pp. 117-133;

http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part II” Reason Papers, Vol. 28, Spring, pp. 85-109; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdfhttp://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_radical-libertarianism-rp.pdfhttp://www.reasonpapers.com/pdf/28/rp_28_7.pdf; (death penalty justified, net taxpayer, ruling class analysis p. 87)

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Response to Jakobsson on human body shields.” Libertarian Papers. http://libertarianpapers.org/articles/2010/lp-2-25.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2011. “The Human Body Shield,” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 625-630; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_30.pdf

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