The Libertarian Perspective On Abortion, Once Again

From: A
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2017 8:07 AM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Evictionism (new thoughts)

Dr. Block, (Forgive the length but I tried to keep it compact while including what is logically necessary to the point) Thank you again for being such an intellectually honest thinker on all matters relating to libertarianism, and loyalty to the NAP. I’ve read several of your articles on “evictionism”, your proposed solution to the abortion controversy based on using logic to extract it from the NAP. I have read your book Defending the Undefendable, written in our younger days. In it you mention abortion but with less detailed thought than with alter evictionism essays. I invite you to consider a comparable situation, at least in cases in which conception is not a result of rape. Consider the case of a man, A, crippled for life by a drunk driver, B, or by someone whose comparable negligence of criminal degree results in another person becoming invalid for life and completely dependent for the means of sustenance on others.

The case goes to arbitration and I believe you would agree that the guilty party B owes lifetime restitution to victim A, for as long as both are alive. This is at the very least a reasonable assumption, “all other things being equal”.

Now take the case of the voluntary sexual encounter taken by a man, C, and woman, D. We all know “where babies come from”, and assume this encounter results in new human being E, of course forming in the womb of Ms. D.

Now we have human being E, who is absolutely incapable of living outside the womb. Intentionally conceived or not, E is the completely innocent party in this scenario, and victim of any harm inflicted by the actions of C and D. Whether you call C or D “guilty” or not, they are the “responsible parties” for E’s “condition” and “situation”.

At this and later points, let’s say at some point Mr. C or Ms. D commits an act that causes in the death of baby E (whether zygote, blastocyst, fetus, or embryo).

From my point of view, and I think it is the objective logical consequence of NAP properly applied, Mr. C and Ms. D (both) owe baby E every reasonable parental duty (joy, love, tenderness, nutrition, hygiene, care) to protect E from harm and provide what is necessary to prepare baby E to live his own life.*

That means, if they cannot find an adoptive home to raise the child, then they must raise the child through younger childhood through puberty and on. At some future point that the child refuses to leave or “carry his weight”, but has been reasonably prepared, then the parents are in their rights to kick out the lazy parasite on his arse.

Thank you for reading, if you had time. You must be a prolific reader as well as writer. Warmly yours, A

Dear A: I have written at length on this issue. I think I answer your objections therein. Please read what I have published on this matter. If you still think I have not, then do get back to me.

All: Akers, 2012A, 2012B; Block, 1977, 1978, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010A, 2010B, 2011A, 2011B, 2011C, 2011, 2012, 2014A, 2014B, 2014; Block and Whitehead, 2005; Davies, 2012; Dyke and Block, 2011; Parr, 2011, 2013; Rothbard, ; Sadowsky, 1978; Shaffer, 2012; Wisniewski, 2010A, 2010B, 2011, 2013.

Here are Walter E. Block’s publications and speeches on abortion, pro life, pro choice, evictionism, followed by critiques of his views, followed by his responses to these critiques:

Block, 1977, 1978, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010A, 2011, 2012, 2014A, 2014B; Block and Whitehead, 2005; Dyke and Block, 2011

Block, Walter E. 1977. “Toward a Libertarian Theory of Abortion.” The Libertarian Forum. Vol. 10, No. 9, September, pp. 6-8;

Block, Walter E. Undated (1997?). “L’Aborto: Una Legittima Difesa,” Claustrofobia, anno 1, n. 3, pp. 16-22.

Block, Walter E. 1978. “Abortion, Woman and Fetus: Rights in Conflict?” Reason, Vol. 9, No. 12, April, pp. 18-25.

Block, Walter E. 2001. “Stem Cell Research: The Libertarian Compromise.” September 3;

Block, Walter E. 2004. “Libertarianism, Positive Obligations and Property Abandonment: Children’s Rights,” International Journal of Social Economics; Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 275-286;;

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Homesteading, ad coelum, owning views and forestalling.” The Social Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 96-103;

Block, Walter E. 2014A. “Evictionism and Libertarianism.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 290-294;;

Block, Walter E. 2010B. “A libertarian perspective on the stem cell debate: compromising the uncompromisible,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Vol. 35: 429-448;
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Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Terri Schiavo: A Libertarian Analysis” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 527–536;;

Block, Walter E. 2012. “A Not So Funny Thing Happened to Me in Tampa.” August 30;

Block, Walter E. 2014A. “Should abortion be criminalized? Rejoinder to Akers, Davies and Shaffer on Abortion” Management Education Science Technology (MEST) Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1, January, pp. 33-44;;

Block, Walter E. 2014E. “Toward a libertarian theory of evictionism,” Journal of Family and Economic Issues. June; Volume 35, Issue 2, pp. 290-294;;;;

Block, Walter E. and Roy Whitehead. 2005. “Compromising the Uncompromisable: A Private Property Rights Approach to Resolving the Abortion Controversy,” Appalachian Law Review, 4 (2) 1-45;;;

Dyke, Jeremiah and Walter E. Block. 2011. “Explorations in Property Rights: Conjoined Twins.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, Art. 38;

II. Critics of evictionism:

Akers, 2012A, 2012B; Davies, 2012; Feser, 2004; Goodwin, 2014; Parr, 2011, 2013; Mosquito, 2014, 2015; Rothbard, ; Sadowsky, 1978; Shaffer, 2012; Rothbard, 1978; Vance, 2008, 2012; Wisniewski, 2010A, 2010B, 2011, 2013.

Akers, Becky. 2012A. “Not My Definition — or Webster’s Either — of ‘Trespassing’” September 6;
Akers, Becky. 2012B. “What if the ‘Fetus’ Could Shoot Back?” September 12;
Davies, Jim. 2012. “Abortion.” September 24;

Feser, Edward. 2004. “Self-ownership, abortion, and the rights of children: toward a more conservative libertarianism.” Journal of Libertarian Studies. Volume 18, no. 3 (Summer), pp. 91-114;

Goodwin, Jonathan. 2014. “Libertarians and Abortion.” December 23;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2014. “Libertarians and Abortion.” December 23;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2015. “Walter Block, Specific Performance Contracts, and Abortion.” July 12;

Parr, Sean. 2011. “Departurism and the Libertarian Axiom of Gentleness.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, No. 34,

Parr, Sean. 2013. “Departurism Redeemed – A Response to Walter Block’s ‘Evictionism is Libertarian; Departurism is Not: Critical Comment on Parr.’” Journal of Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom, Vol. 2, pp. 109-123;

Presley, Sharon and Robert Cooke (aka Morgan Edwards). 1979. “The right to abortion: a libertarian defense.” Association of libertarian feminists discussion paper

Rothbard, Murray N. 1978. “The editor replies.” Libertarian Forum. July-August, p. 3;

Sadowsky, S.J., James. 1978. “Abortion and Rights of the Child.” Libertarian Forum. July-August, pp. 2-3;

Shaffer, Butler. 2012. “Of Children and Fetuses.” September 17;

Vance, Laurence. 2008. “Is Ron Paul Wrong on Abortion?” January 29;

Vance, Laurence. 2012. “Libertarianism and Abortion.” July 17;

Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2010A. “A Critique of Block on Abortion and Child Abandonment.” Libertarian Papers Vol. 2, No. 16;

Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2010B. “Rejoinder to Block’s Defense of Evictionism.” Libertarian Papers. Vol. 2, Art No. 27;

Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2011. “Response to Block on Abortion, Round Three.” Libertarian Papers. Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 1-6;;

Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2013. “Abortion, Libertarianism and Evictionism: A Last Word.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 153-162;

III. Block responds to critics:

Block, 2010A, 2010B, 2011A, 2011B, 2011C, 2014; forthcoming

Block, Walter E. 2010A. “Objections to the Libertarian Stem Cell Compromise,” Libertarian Papers 2, 34;

Block, Walter E. 2010B. “Rejoinder to Wisniewski on Abortion.” Libertarian Papers; Vol. 32, No. 2;;

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Two.” Libertarian Papers; Vol. 3, Article No. 4;

Block, Walter E. 2011B. “Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Three.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, No. 6;

Block, Walter E. 2011C. “Evictionism is libertarian; departurism is not: critical comment on Parr.” Vol. 3, Article 36, Libertarian Papers;

Block, Walter E. 2014D. “Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Four.” Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST); Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 1-14;;

Block, Walter E. 2013. “Rejoinder to Parr on Evictionism and Departurism” Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom, Vol. 2, pp. 125-138;;

Block, Walter E. 2014. “Should abortion be criminalized? Rejoinder to Akers, Davies and Shaffer on Abortion” Management Education Science Technology (MEST) Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1, January, pp. 33-44;;

Block, Walter E. Forthcoming. “Abortion Once Again; a response to Feser, Goodwin, Mosquito, Sadowsky, Vance and Watkins.” Journal of Constitutional Research (Brazil)


10:17 pm on September 30, 2017