Nick Gillespie, Reason, the NAP

From: P
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2019 7:27 AM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: A Question About the NAP

Hello Dr Block,

On a recent podcast, Nick Gillespie stated, “25 years ago no libertarian was talking about the NAP.” Basically, he was saying it’s only become a bedrock of Libertarianism in the Ron Paul era. Can you confirm?

Thank you, P

Dear Pete:

Isn’t 25 years ago 1996? Murray Rothbard “was talking about the NAP” in the 1950s, certainly before then.

I’m not a big fan of Nick Gillespies’:

November 1, 2016. NYC.  Soho Forum  https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/debate-reasons-nick-gillespie-trump-president-slavery-nytimes/ Gene Epstein gene.epstein@gmail.com

go here, http://www.thesohoforum.org/; then here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNHcqc6jNrg (the debate starts at the 19 minute mark) Resolved: “Libertarians should vote for Donald Trump for president.”

Debate: Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans versus Nick Gillespie of Reason magazine; https://twitter.com/skycorridors/status/793580125488943105 (the debate starts at around the 24 minute mark; the comedic introduction starts at about the 18 minute mark);

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https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/upcoming-speaking-engagements-youre-town-cmon/;http://reason.com/blog/2016/10/25/should-libertarians-vote-trump-nick-gillwww.thesohoforum.org.  Tickets can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-soho-forum-debate-walter-block-vs-nick-gillespie-tickets-26140849986;  http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?499611-Nick-Gillespie-debating-Walter-Block gene.epstein@gmail.comthesohoforum@gmail.comnaomibrockwell@gmail.com November 1, 2016. NYC.  Soho Forum (http://www.thesohoforum.org/) Debate: Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans versus Nick Gillespie of Reason magazine; Resolved: “Libertarians should vote for Donald Trump for president.”  https://twitter.com/skycorridors/status/793580125488943105; (the debate starts at around the 24 minute mark; the comedic introduction starts near the 18 minute mark)

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Here is my summary of the debate, with reasons why I think I won:

1. Dr. Nick Gillespie has his own central planning industrial policy: factory jobs are bad.

2. He thinks the supreme court is unimportant. So what that Hillary will appoint more pinkos

3. He denigrated free association as unimportant. So what that the baker had to pay a fine of $130,000 for refusing to service a gay wedding

4. In his view, the rust belt had nothing to do with labor unions

5. He kept interrupting me all throughout the debate

6. He refused to rank Hillary vs. Donald

7. He’s a thick libertarian: if you’re not wildly enthusiastic about inter-racial marriage, you’re really not a libertarian, in his view

8. He dismissed as any problem at all the rape-fugees now plaguing Sweden, Germany.

9. He supports political correctness

10. Most egregious, he refused to apologize in the venue he did this for repeating without demur the NYTimes smear that I think actual slavery was “not so bad”

I would have been DELIGHTED to patch things up with Gillespie and shake his hand. The first time he apologized to me, it was in front of 3 other people. I said that the apology had to be a public one, and in the same venue as the offense took place (he wrote it in a Reason communication). The second and third times he tried to apologize, I again said the same thing. In none of these cases did he ever LISTEN to me. Instead, both privately, in front of the three people, and in front of the big audience, he kept interrupting me, saying he didn’t really owe me an apology since he was only quoting the NYTimes, and never got through his head that I wanted (just merely the promise of) a WRITTEN, not just a spoken apology. It is difficult to talk to people who keep interrupting you, do not listen to you.

Best regards,

Walter

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2:59 pm on September 5, 2019