My Correspondence Policy

My Correspondence Policy

I receive questions on Austrian economics and libertarianism from time to time. If they are polite, I always respond, even if briefly, because I have lots of e mail messages to deal with. On occasion, I receive queries that I think worthwhile to share on this blog.

Why do I do this? I engage in this practice because I regard myself as a follower of my decades-long friend and mentor Murray Rothbard. Nary a day goes by when I don’t think of him, and try to emulate him as best I can. Murray had a voluminous correspondence with people from every corner of the globe, and, so do I. But I have one advantage over him: modern day electronic means of sharing such letters, and my responses, on a much easier basis than he had.

Be warned: if you ask me what I consider an important question, I will feel free to post it on LRC along with my response, but on an anonymous basis. That is, unless you tell me not to share your letter, and my response, with anyone else. But, then, I’ll be less likely to respond to you at all. My thought is that if I am going to spend time answering an important question, I would like to have it shared by as many people as possible.

I receive, oh, 100-200 e mails per day. I have this compulsion that I must answer all (polite) queries. However, I cannot always engage in back and forth correspondence with all knowledgeable, kind, interested, Austro-libertarian readers of If I did, or even tried to do so, I’d never get any other writing done. And that is why I get so many queries in the first place; because I publish a lot. So, please forgive me for not always being as responsive as I would like to be. What I’m trying to say is: “One to a customer.” Well, per year. That is, I’ll respond to your first question to me, but then, if you have a follow up, let’s keep that limited to once every year.


5:18 pm on February 12, 2018