Murder Is Always A Violation of the NAP, But it is Not Always Wrong. Part II

Here’s part I

Letter 1.

If the Martians threaten to blow up our entire planet unless someone kills innocent person Joe, it is murder to do so, but it would not be wrong to murder him, paradoxically, saving all others except for him.

Here are some readings on that:

Block, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011

Block, Walter E. 2001. “Jonah Goldberg and the Libertarian Axiom on Non-Aggression.”

June 28;

Block, Walter E. 2002. “Radical Privatization and other Libertarian Conundrums,” The International Journal of Politics and Ethics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 165-175; (murder park)

Block, Walter E. 2003. “The Non-Aggression Axiom of Libertarianism,” February 17;

Block, Walter E. 2004. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part I” Reason Papers, Vol. 27, Fall, pp. 117-133;

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)

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Response to Jakobsson on human body shields.” Libertarian Papers.

Block, Walter E. 2011. “The Human Body Shield,” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 625-630;

Letter 2

From: G

Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:36 PM

To: Walter Block <

Subject: Additional comment on murder


What if Joe were your mother, father, sister, or brother, or was your


Would murder still be proper for the “greater good?” Or forbid, what

if you were Joe?


Letter 3

On Nov 13, 2019, at 4:06 PM, Walter Block < wrote:

Dear G:

Murder is always, without exception, a violation of the NAP, and

should be punished. But, in this case, it would be moral thing to do.

Of course I would kill my mother, father, sister, brother, child if it

was stipulated that if I didn’t, the entire world would be blown up,

and they would die along with everyone else.

There’s a saying to the effect that weird cases make bad law. Probably


But they make great philosophy. Without contrary to fact conditionals

of this sort, we cannot possibly probe our beloved libertarian

philosophy to its furthest reaches, something I’m dedicated to doing.

Please read my essay on the libertarian concentration camp guard:

Block, Walter E. 2009. “Libertarian punishment theory: working for,

and donating to, the state” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 1;;


Best regards,


Letter 4

—–Original Message—–

From: G

Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:19 PM

To: Walter Block <

Subject: Re: Additional comment on murder

Sorry Walter, I would die myself before I would murder on orders, but not until I attempted to harm the real aggressor first.

These scenarios to me seem counterproductive, because instead of clarifying a proper and sane position, it clouds reality with non-sensical arguments, and in the process weakens any legitimate libertarian core beliefs.

Best … G

Letter 5

Nice try. Again, you are evading the example. If you kill yourself, they blow up the world. They want YOU to murder an innocent person, bless their beastly hearts.

Walter E. Block


2:01 am on December 22, 2019