Is It Incompatible With Libertarianism To Accept Government Money? No.

Letter 1

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 1:35 AM

To: Walter Block <>

Subject: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

i hope you’re not using tax $ (via a government grant) to pay their salary.

Research Assistant Job Available

Letter 2

On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 12:54 PM Walter Block <> wrote:

Dear R:

I’m happy to say that I am (a small portion of my endowed professorship comes from the state of Louisiana). Better that I spend this money for my purposes, than it remains in state hands, and is used for their purposes.

Several times in my career I worked full time for public universities: The University of Central Arkansas, Rutgers University, Baruch College, SUNY Stony Brook. I drew full time salaries in all these cases. I’ll consider giving up this sort of thing when you and others stop your subsidies from government: walking on the streets, riding your car on its roads, availing yourself of its public libraries. How about stop eating food, due to farm subsidies?

Best regards,


Letter 3

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 2:01 PM

To: Walter Block <>

Subject: Re: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

1. i returned ALL of my research funds from both  the NSF and the state of IL in 1990 and never took another penny thereafter.

2. i don’t use public libraries, or drive a car. and i don’t walk at all (i do use my power chair on the sidewalks).

3. both my father and my father-in-law were multi-millionaires and they paid taxes far in excess of whatever the gov’t has spent on things that i use (as if that could even be determined).

Letter 4

On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 2:06 PM Walter Block <> wrote:

What? You use your power chair on the sidewalks. For shame

Do you eat food? Wear clothes? Have electricity in your home. The govt is involved in that.

Libertarianism is not a suicide pact

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics

Loyola University New Orleans

6363 St. Charles Avenue, Box 15, Miller Hall 318

New Orleans, LA 70118

Skype: Walter.Block4

tel: (504) 864-7934

Letter 5

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 2:58 PM

To: Walter Block <>

Subject: Re: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

the government is involved in EVERYTHING. not my fault; i didn’t ask them to.

Letter 6

On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 3:23 PM Walter Block <> wrote:

Not my fault either. But, you’re changing the topic. The subject we were discussing is, whether or not I’d be justified in accepting money from the government. I think we’ve now established that I am. You too. All of us are. Except for members of the ruling class.

Here are some readings on ruling class theory

In the view of Rothbard, 2004: “All States are governed by a ruling class that is a minority of the population, and which subsists as a parasitic and exploitative burden upon the rest of society. Since its rule is exploitative and parasitic, the State must purchase the alliance of a group of ‘Court Intellectuals,’ whose task is to bamboozle the public into accepting and celebrating the rule of its particular State. The Court Intellectuals have their work cut out for them. In exchange for their continuing work of apologetics and bamboozlement, the Court Intellectuals win their place as junior partners in the power, prestige, and loot extracted by the State apparatus from the deluded public. The noble task of Revisionism is to de-bamboozle: to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history of the motivation, the nature, and the consequences of State activity. By working past the fog of State deception to penetrate to the truth, to the reality behind the false appearances, the Revisionist works to delegitimize, to desanctify, the State in the eyes of the previously deceived public.” For more on this see Block, 2006; Burris, 2012; Domhoff, 1967, 1971, 1998; Donaldson and Poynting, 2007 ; Hoppe, 1990; Hughes, 1977; Kolko, 1963; Mises, 1978; Oppenheimer, 1975; Raico, 1977; Rockwell, 2001; Rothbard, 2004

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;;; (death penalty justified, net taxpayer, ruling class analysis p. 87)

Burris, Charles A. 2012. “Who Rules America: Power Elite Analysis and American History.” January 18;

Domhoff, G. William. 1967. Who Rules America? Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Domhoff, G. William. 1971. The Higher Circles: The Governing Class in America. New York: Vintage Books

Domhoff, G. William. 1998. Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000, Third Edition, Santa Cruz: University of California

Donaldson, Mike and Scott Poynting. 2007. Ruling Class Men: Money, Sex, Power. Peter Lang.

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1990. “Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall, pp. 79-94;,%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

Hughes, Jonathan R.T. 1977. The Governmental Habit: Economic Controls from Colonial Times to the Present.  New York: Basic Books,

Kolko, Gabriel. 1963. Triumph of Conservatism, Chicago: Quadrangle Books

Mises, Ludwig von. 1978. The Clash of Group Interests and Other Essays. New York: Center for Libertarian Studies.

Oppenheimer, Franz. [1914] 1975.  The State, New York: Free Life Editions

Raico, Ralph. 1977. “Classical Liberal exploitation theory: a comment on Professor Liggio’s paper,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer, pp. 179-184;;

Rockwell, Jr. Llewellyn H. 2001. “Liberty and the Common Good” December 31;

Rothbard, Murray N. 2004. “The Case for Revisionism (and Against)”;

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Letter 7

From: R

Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 3:30 PM

To: Walter Block <>

Subject: Re: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

i don’t feel a need to justify accepting anything the government does that benefits me. but i don’t solicit money from the government.

Letter 8

From: Walter Block []

Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:47 PM

To: R

Subject: RE: Research Assistant Job Available – LRC Blog

Ragnar Danneskjold “solicited” money from government, and he was a hero. I urge you to reread some of the bibliography I mentioned, above. I think you seriously misconstrue the theory of libertarianism.

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.


10:07 am on November 25, 2019