On Animal Rights

Dear Dylan:

Wow.  A fascinating letter. Thanks. Who is Liberdy?

In my opinion, only human beings, live ones that is, have rights. Not animals, not dead people, not ghosts, ghouls, other such entities.

I like to send questioners stuff I’ve written about a given topic. I’m having difficulty here.

This is the best I can do:

613. Green, Cole, Alex Hernandez and Walter E. Block. 2021. “Private Property Rights and the Deceased.” Management Education Science Technology journal (MEST); Vol. 9 No. 1, January, pp. 15-27


612. Green, Cole, Alex Hernandez and Walter E. Block. 2020. “Private Property Rights and the Deceased.” The Review of Social and Economic Issues, v. 2, n. 2, pp. 5-22; http://rsei.rau.ro/images/V2N2/Cole%20Green.pdf

Montgomery and Block, 2016; Block and Craig, 2017; Block, 2020

Montgomery, Stephen and Walter E. Block. 2016. “Animal torture and thick libertarianism.” Review of Social and Economic Issues (RSEI), Vol 1, No. 3, Spring, pp. 105-116. http://rsei.rau.ro/images/V1N3/Articol_5.pdfhttp://www.rebe.rau.ro/RePEc/rau/rseijr/SP16/RSEI-SP16-A5.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Steven Craig. 2017. “Animal torture.”  The Review of Social and Economic Issues (RSEI); http://rsei.rau.ro/index.php/lasthttp://rsei.rau.ro/index.php/10-published-issues/10-volume-1-number-4

Block, Walter E. https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/two-challenges-to-libertarianism/

Block, Walter E. 2020. “On Huemer on Ethical Veganism.” Studia Humana.

Volume 9:2, pp. 53-68; DOI: 10.2478/sh-2020-0013;

http://studiahumana.com/wyd,34.htmlhttp://studiahumana.com/pliki/wydania/10443-Volume9_Issue2-07_paper.pdfhttps://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/sh/9/2/article-p53.xml; file:///C:/Users/WBlock/Downloads/[22990518%20-%20Studia%20Humana]%20On%20Huemer%20on%20Ethical%20Veganism.pdf;


Best regards,


From: Dylan S

Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:17 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Libertarian Property rights and the Supernatural

Dear Prof. Walter E. Block,

I am writing you this email to ask a very strange question out of a peculiar curiosity. As you know it is fast approaching to Halloween; I have been really getting in the mood by reading Nietzsche and Schopenhauer and other existentialists to get me in a Halloween mood and going to friends houses and watching Halloween movies. Halloween is a big thing for me and part of that is my seasonal watch of the 1988 movie “Beetlejuice” directed by Tim Burton; while watching the film I kept asking myself questions, like “What ever happened to Alec Baldwin?” And “No way any child ever acted like that off screen” but most importantly I came onto questions about libertarian ideas of property rights; how, in a libertarian society would property rights work for ghosts. This has truly puzzled me and I exhort you to think about it. Also, what would a libertarian analysis of the Beaurocratic afterlife be? Or how would Beetlejuice enforce his marriage contract? How would certain ideas like common law work in the afterlife?

Also was it justified to hire the Bio Exorcist to help remove the occupants in trade for the child. I could keep going on about how many questions I had but maybe you could give me some of your thoughts?

If you do reply to this email. Thank you so much I appreciate the work you do for the Mises Institute; my friend nicknamed “Libirdy” online claims to be a student of yours; is in close contact with you and he is an absolute legend. Thank you for the influence you’ve had on him since it has lead to a fair share of people engaging with libertarianism as a result; lead to me being able to break down and understand Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia in his online book club. Anyways,

Best Regards

Dylan A. Shepherd.


3:24 am on October 28, 2021

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