Judge Andrew Napolitano is an Excellent Libertarian, Part IV

Here is Part III.

Several other letters have come in on this issue that I would like to share with this list. Below find my responses to them.

Letter 1

From: M

Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2019 7:02 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: The Judge.

As usual I agree with your summary, and for my part I wanted to point out that the judge has a VERY influential pulpit from which to support our movement, the importance of which should never be underestimated. I too do not always agree with his views 100%, nor yours, Mike Rozeff, Pat Buchanan or anyone else. (Maybe Lew Rockwell, Haha, he’s my rock star)  That is exactly why I read ALL of your fine work, the best diet has the most variety.

Thanks for all you do, M

Dear M: Thanks for your support on this. I appreciate it. Yes, Lew is my Rock Star too. I’m honored that he is thrice a co-author of mine, and once a co-editor:

Block, Walter E. and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., “Murray N. Rothbard: Giant of Liberty,” Rockwell, Llewellyn H. ed. 1988. Essays in the Economics of Liberty: The Free Market Reader, California: The Ludwig von Mises Institute, pp. 195-199; http://www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.asp?control=476; https://mises.org/library/free-market-reader-0; https://books.google.ca/books?id=Gq-ywTMeqeAC&pg=PA9&lpg=PA9&dq=%22Murray+N.+Rothbard:+Giant+of+Liberty%22&source=bl&ots=GrSgoAxLsQ&sig=osUR4z-5UhqjuHoCbQVxgW1tNwo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8i9WVY_UNJLlsATnroHYAg&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Murray%20N.%20Rothbard%3A%20Giant%20of%20Liberty%22&f=false

Block, Walter E. and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. 2007. “Katrina and the Future of New Orleans,” Telos, Vol. 139, Summer, pp. 170-185; http://journal.telospress.com/content/2007/139/170.abstract

Rockwell, Jr., Llewellyn H. and Walter E. Block. 2010. “The Economics and Ethics of Hurricane Katrina,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology.  Vol. 69, No. 4, October, pp. 1294-1320; http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/V.335_The-Economics-and-Ethics-of-Hurricane-Katrina.pdf

Block, Walter and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, eds. 1988. Man, Economy and Liberty: Essays in Honor of Murray N. Rothbard, Auburn University, The Mises Institute.

Letter 2

From: R

Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2019 8:56 AM

To: Walter Block

Subject: Judge Andrew Napolitano is an Excellent Libertarian, Part III – LRC Blog

thanks for referencing the talk/discussion with Napolitano. he’s really excellent.

Dear R:

Great. I was blown away by this speech of his too. And, not for the first time. He is not only an excellent libertarian on a theoretical basis, he is one of the most persuasive public speakers.

Letter 3

From: A

Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2019 5:21 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Judge Andrew Napolitano

I admit I do not know Judge Andrew Napolitano personally. I have been an admirer for years, basically from my first encounter. He is one of few other legally trained people who interpret the Constitution as I do. What the founding documents say is clear (if one understand English more than casually).

Judge Andrew Napolitano is open, ardent, and consistent in legal views. It was only subsequently to discovering him that I discovered that we are “Libertarians.” I always thought of myself as “Ripon Republican.”

By analogy, that makes Judge Andrew Napolitano a strong Libertarian. Where that political stance ends is where he allows his religious beliefs to cloud his legal perspective. If one is true to the Founding Fathers and their directives, religion should not control the government, nor should it influence that government’s interpretation and enforcement of its laws. If followed to the end of his political arguments, on abortion, for example, his religion trumps his legal beliefs. The church and the State must be separate.

My beliefs about abortion are second to the requirement of maximum freedom and liberty. So are his. If we believe in advancing freedom and liberty, then we must pursue maximum freedom and liberty under the original framework. Our views are personal, not Libertarian directives. Napolitano is clear on his abortion stance. As a libertarian, I cannot agree.

Otherwise, I agree with your backing of Judge Andrew Napolitano as an outstanding Libertarian. It is too bad mainstream media will not pick up on your diligent effort. ~Dr. Allen Thomas

Dear A:

Thanks for your kind comments. I don’t believe the Judge allows his religious beliefs to cloud his deep penetration of libertarian issues. But, even if, per impossible in my view, he did exactly that, I still would support him as a great libertarian. Not a perfect one, mind you (which none of us is, since we’re all mistake making human beings) but as one of our leading lights.

Letter 4

From: G

Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2019 11:38 AM

To: Walter Block

Subject: Libertarians

Dear Walter,

I feel certain that you would defend “Big Tent Libertarians” given that you openly claim that position.

With some minor research, I found an honest definition of a “Big Tent” libertarian from a reliable source, at least at the time of the common acceptance of the term “libertarian” or liberal in the classic sense that existed before that term was bastardized by the left.

It is this:

A Big Tent:

“It is a broad umbrella of people who put the principle of freedom first. In its inception, libertarianism included: constitutionalists, believers in limited government, objectivists, anarchists, localists, agorists, pacifists, brutalists, humanitarians, and maybe monarchists too. It included deontologists, consequentialists, and empiricists.”

There you have it, another general term meant to capture the entirety of an open-ended and therefore meaningless philosophy. Anyone and everyone can claim to be a libertarian so long as they say or pretend to be for any part of freedom, as if more than a few have any concept of what that actually means. So I stand corrected concerning the fact that you claim that all those you mentioned to me were “libertarian.” Apparently they are, so in my mind it means nothing.

I will never call myself a libertarian again, as most listed in this group, other than anarchists, have little if any true understanding of the real meaning of the term freedom.

All my best … G

Dear G:

Sorry to lose you as a libertarian. Happy to keep you as an anarcho-capitalist.

I disagree. Yes, all these people, certainly including monarchists, can be libertarians – as long as they uphold private property rights, free enterprise, to a FAR greater degree than pinko-leftie-liberal-progressive-commies-Democrats on the one hand, and conservative-right wing-fascist-Republicans on the other.

See this excellent defense of monarchism:

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2001. Democracy, the God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order, New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction Publishers.

Best regards,

Walter

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