Sent: Sun 5/22/2016 7:31 PM
Subject: Dear doctor block…
I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know how much you’ve impacted my life. You are the man that converted me from a limited government pinko to the one true faith. Ron Paul was the man that brought me to the libertarian idea, and you brought me to libertarian idea of the libertarian idea. Your views and descriptions on economics are so colorful yet simple enough so a simpleton like me can understand haha. I’ve been an anarchist for over a year now but just like everyone in the circle I have a few questions that I’d love to have you hold up to the light for me. But first I wanted to send this informing you that I revere your intellect.
Well my first question is a libertarian question, not an economic question if that’s okay? Just for fair warning it’s a pretty far branched question. So this one is rather tough for me because I was talking to some “diverse liberals.” Who were agreeing with me that marijuana should be decriminalized but would disagree when I would also say people shouldn’t be locked in cages for even worse things like cocaine etc. But one comment that was said, sparked something in my minds eye. They said to me, “what about the date rape drug?” You know I didn’t quite have an answer. Because on the one hand its not necessarily invasive. But then again what else is it used for? I guess you cold argue medicinal rights? Lol. But being the loser I am I looked more into the chemicals, and there is one drug I think that may break the non aggression principle. It’s called Scopolamine, its not just the generic idea of a date rape pill. It is completely airborne. By simply obtaining it you would be a threat to other people. This specific one if under the influence completely takes over your ability to have free will. Only molesters and robbers use it. But I’ve also read that its used for “recreational purposes.” God knows what, Sado Masochistic? Haha. Then I thought about your nuclear weapon statement saying that if my neighbor has a nuclear weapon he would be invading my border. And seeing how this specific drug isn’t the normal ruffee or werewolf pill I still leaned to resistance. Then again, if we make it illegal there would just be an Al Capone for this substance. I’m having a hard time with this continuum. I hate to start off with such an odd and extreme case but this was a recent thing that happened, I don’t know how to feel about it. If you’d like to look into the thing yourself you can YouTube Vice-Scopolamine. Because as a libertarian I dont care that people want to do it for fun, but also as a libertarian I care about someone violating someone else’s right. And this thing seems to blur this line for me, so maybe you could redefine the line for me?
A nuclear weapon in the basement in a crowded city is per se a threat. No pill constitutes any such threat. A chemist could want that pill to analyze it. Even the Godzilla pill, per se, should not be banned by libertarian law. But, once the person takes the pill, and starts getting fangs, growling, etc., the private police should shoot him, since he is then a threat.
On the other hand, if you give someone a drug that he isn’t aware of, or slip a “mickey” in his drink, that’s poisoning someone, and would be against libertarian law. The “date rape” drug is licit, if and only if taken voluntarily by the adult woman, and/or used for some else, again entirely voluntary, such as to cure cancer or AIDs.
On nukes, see this:
Block, Walter E. and Matthew A. Block. 2000. “Toward a Universal Libertarian Theory of Gun (Weapon) Control,” Ethics, Place and Environment, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 289-298;
On airborne drugs, that’s pollution, a trespass against private property rights, and a crime. On this issue, here’s a reading:
Rothbard, Murray N. 1982. “Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution,” Cato Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring; reprinted in Block, Walter E. Ed. Economics and the Environment: A Reconciliation, Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, 1990, pp. 233-279; http://mises.org/story/2120; http://www.mises.org/rothbard/lawproperty.pdf; https://mises.org/library/law-property-rights-and-air-pollution-01:26 am on February 18, 2019 Email Walter E. Block