Hurricanes and Government Coercion

From: D
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 3:08 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Canadian cruelty

Good day,

Just belatedly read your article about Canada forcing victims of hurricane devastation to relocate, with government assistance, if damages were over half of the value of their homes.

Block, Walter E. 2019. “U.S. Largess vs. Canadian Cruelty; The best approach to floods is freedom and responsibility.” September 18; Wall Street Journal, p. A. 13;;

I must take issue with your reasoning that people should be able to make their own decisions and then suffer the consequences of those decisions. Time and time again average citizens have proven that they are not good at making those decisions. Saving for retirement is one area that people are remiss in taking reasonable action. 401k Savings help some, but even then severe penalties for early withdrawal help ensure that they maintain the savings.

Impulse or high sales pressure purchases are another area where citizens demonstrate that they do not have the ability to consider their financial well being over tantalizing promises or instant gratification. It is helpful if the government protects people from themselves with programs that ensure they are not subject to future catastrophe. Dorothy Lawton

From: Walter Block [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 1:16 PM

To: D

Subject: RE: Canadian cruelty

Dear D:

Given, stipulated, that what you say is true, why should we allow such incompetent morons to vote? And, if we do, that is, if we support democracy, what you say cannot also be true.

Best regards,



2:13 am on October 18, 2019