Interview About Murray Rothbard

From: Danny Woods <>

Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2019 10:29 AM


Subject: Regarding family and history

Mr/Prof Walter Block

I hope this email finds you in good health and spirits. My name is Danny Buchanan Woods, 33 years old, lived in 8 countries, living in Japan (for most of my adult life) I’m writing you (Thank you internet and email) to express my kindest appreciation to you and your work over the years. I’ve been told that I can lack brevity so please excuse my wordy email. To put it succinctly , you are my role model. I, as someone with no father and who has found surrogate (metaphorically) fathers throughout my life,  have come to view your presence at the Mises institute (in YouTube form) as a constant in my life (since the good old days of Ron Paul vs Everyone 2008). Morally and intellectually. At the risk of coming across as, maybe strange, I have taken for granted your continuing existence and participation in, the libertarian and economic world. And, I would first like to thank you for your tireless (though life rarely isn’t) work and advocation for the principals moral and just behavior.

I’ve gotten into reading more and more to my children, 3 yo Gene Lebell and 1 yo William Riker, economic (eg, Economic thought before Adam Smith, Rothbard) and libertarian (eg I chose Liberty), and our favorite, ‘Privatization of Roads and Highways’, books before they go to bed. And while I’ve read plenty of books, particularly economics and political theory, I’ve only recently gotten to systematically reading through a topic and note taking while reading. Reading Mises: The last night of liberalism, and feeling greatly saddened by the lack of first hand accounts of Misis’s life, motivations, opinions, reflections, I find myself feeling a sense of urgency in contacting you.  You see, I’ve wanted to thank you for many years, for your many…. many lectures and articles that I’ve gleefully consumed over the years. And now I realise, looking at my own children growing up, that my role models are aging at the same pace. As you would no doubt point out, “I used to jump over a hurdle of some kind to illustrate the minimum wage effects on the low skilled, but now can’t”, you are getting no younger and time defeats all enemies and friends alike. Just like Mises died, so will you. And the questions I have might never be answered unless I ask them while I have the luxury of time.

Would you consent to an interview over Skype, or whatever you use? I would, of course, reimburse you for your time. I wish to find out who you are. That is to say, beyond all the esoteric questions, the why and what happened of your life. For example, I just finished Rothbard’s ‘The Betrayal of the American Right’ and he mentioned you in there! Page 197 2nd paragraph. You also have unique insights into history and men, like Rothbard.  I would be honoured in even getting a response to this email. Thank you so much for your time


Danny Woods

PS: I’ve attached a photo of me reading your book (Space capitalism) to my children

Nelson, Peter Lothian and Walter E. Block. 2018. Space capitalism: the case for privatizing space travel and colonization. Palgrave Macmillan;

From: Walter Block <>

Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2019 11:29 AM

To: ‘‘ <>

Cc: ‘Peter Nelson’ <>

Subject: FW: Regarding family and history

Dear Danny:

Thanks for one of the nicest e mail letters I’ve ever had in my entire life. I am very grateful to you.

Yes, I’ll do a skype interview with you, provided you send me the url for it afterward. Or, if you send me a bunch of questions you’d ask in the interview, I’d write replies.

I hope and trust you don’t mind that I send that precious picture to my co author on the Space Cap book, and also, that I share this with a few other people.

May I ask what kind of work you do?

Best regards,



11:52 am on September 25, 2019