From: chris ar
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:35 PM
Subject: Nuclear Weapon Ownership.
Dear Dr. Block.
You argue that owning a nuclear weapon is illegitimate because you cannot limit it’s use to the “bad” guys. A possible objection to this as pointed out in this article https://www.google.com/amp/s/miseschrist.com/2014/05/11/nuclear-weapons-free-society/amp/ is that using something and owning something are distinct.
A counterargument to this critique (in my opinion) is pointed out in this article https://voluntaryistreader.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/nuclear-weapons-in-libertarianism/ Basically the author, using your methodology argues that the reason why nuclear weapons are, in almost all cases, invasive is because they are necessarily pointed at someone (or someone’s property). Since pointing a weapon (any weapon) at someone is a threat of aggression therefore nukes are invasive, since they are almost always pointed at someone.
My question is, is this your viewpoint as well? the author of the article seems to think so, he credits the argument to you. You do seem to hint at it in your own theory, or perhaps it is implied in that, if something cannot be limited(pinpointed) then of course it is pointed at everyone around you. Just wanted a clarification, if this is in fact your view as well.
On Sep 23, 2020, at 3:41 PM, Walter Block <email@example.com> wrote:
Wow. The second of these is VERY complimentary to me and my co author, who I’m taking the liberty of copying on this.
Maybe my coauthor thought of that, but, I fear, I did not. I think he makes and excellent contribution to this discussion. I only wish he were not anonymous, so I could thank him for this. His view is certainly compatible with mine, but I must credit him for pushing forward on what I take to be the Rothbardian position on this matter.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Please tell me a bit about yourself? Age, schooling, residence?
From: Michael Edelstein
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:31 PM
To: Walter E. Block <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: chris ar ; Matthew Block
Subject: Re: Nuclear Weapon Ownership.
Shall guns in my apartment be banned because one might be resting on a table pointed toward a wall I share with my neighbor?
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From: Walter Block <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:03 PM
To: ‘Michael Edelstein’
Cc: ‘chris ar’ ; ‘Matthew Block’
Subject: RE: Nuclear Weapon Ownership.
It all depends upon whether or not that gun pointing constitutes a threat. If your “gun” is an armor pierceing bazooka, capable of plowing through that wall, and all you need is for that “gun” to drop, or you sneeze on it in just the right way to launch the missile, then, yes, it should be banned and you’d be a criminal.
On what constitutes a threat, see this:
Block, Walter E. and William Barnett II. 2008. “Continuums” Journal Etica e Politica / Ethics & Politics, Vol. 1, pp. 151-166, June; http://www2.units.it/~etica/; http://www2.units.it/~etica/2008_1/BLOCKBARNETT.pdf
Walter4:13 am on January 10, 2021 Email Walter E. Block