The libertarian Solution to the Problem of Pollution

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From: C
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2018 5:14 PM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Great Smog

Dr. Block, From an anarchist point of view, in which way does society fight by preventing or eliminating an air pollution effect as the great smog?

Dear C: The best thing ever written, well, published, on air pollution is this. Happy reading:

Rothbard, Murray N. 1982. “Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution,” Cato Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring; reprinted in Economics and the Environment: A Reconciliation, Walter E. Block , ed., Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, 1990, pp. 233-279; also reprinted here by the Mises Institute:;

Every morning, as soon as I get to my computer, the first thing I do is call up It would be a bad day for me should I ever do this, and fail to find this source of information, inspiration, and much much more. Why is this on the airwaves? What keeps it going? Many things, foremost among them the work of my friend Lew Rockwell and the entire Mises Institute staff (see above for one small, no, tiny, example of that). But, another necessary condition is financial support. There is nothing we readers can do about Lew, except to wish him good health and a long life. But, there is indeed something we can do to oil the wheels that are required for this entire enterprise: donate some money to it. Please consider doing just that. You may do so by going right here:


12:06 pm on February 18, 2018