PERC is Chicagoan, Not Austro-Libertarian; That Is, Beltwayish

From: B
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2019 3:40 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Does this email work?

Dear Mr. Block,

I wish to know how often you check your emails. I am your biggest fan, but I’m alas at XYZ University, and don’t know how to attend the Mises Institute. I would like to establish a line of correspondence as I’m a very conservative minded environmentalist, and am trying to develop Terry Anderson, Lew Rockwell, and your arguments that privatization is better for the environment than anything else, a conclusion I reached myself, and was pleased to find I wasn’t the first.

Let me know if you can be reached at this email. B

Dear B:

You got me.

I’m copying Pat Barnett on this. She’s a good contact for the MI.

I’m not a “conservative minded environmentalist.” Rather, I’m a libertarian one.

Here’s the best essay ever written on the latter subject:

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-0

I’m a supporter of PERC, but not a strong one. Here’s a critique of mine of them:

Block, Walter E. 1990. “Earning Happiness Through Homesteading Unowned Land: a comment on ‘Buying Misery with Federal Land’ by Richard Stroup,” Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, Summer, pp. 237-253; http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1890894

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Libertarianism is unique; it belongs neither to the right nor the left: a critique of the views of Long, Holcombe, and Baden on the left, Hoppe, Feser and Paul on the right.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22: 127–70; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_8.pdf;

http://mises.org/journals/scholar/block15.pdf; http://www.mises.org/journals/scholar/block15.pdf; https://mises.org/library/libertarianism-unique-and-belongs-neither-right-nor-left-critique-views-long-holcombe-and

Block, Walter E. 2014. “Fighting Fires.” July 24;

https://archive.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/walter-e-block/fighting-fires-without-socialism/; http://libertycrier.com/fighting-fires-without-socialism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LibertyCrier+%28Liberty+Crier%29; http://libertycrier.com/fighting-fires-without-socialism/; http://mises.ca/posts/articles/fighting-fires/ (critique of Terry Anderson)

Block, Walter E. 2016. “PERC does NOT support private property rights and free enterprise.” May 16; https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/perc-not-support-private-property-rights-free-enterprise/

I’ve done 3 books on privatization:

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute; http://www.amazon.com/Privatization-Roads-And-Highways-Factors/dp/1279887303/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336605800&sr=1-1; available for free here: http://mises.org/books/roads_web.pdf; http://mises.org/daily/3416; http://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/radical_privatization.pdf; audio: http://store.mises.org/Privatization-of-Roads-and-Highways-Audiobook-P11005.aspx; http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/The-Privatization-of-Roads-and-Highways-Audiobook/B0167IT18K?tag=misesinsti-20; http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bf16b152ccc444bdbbcc229e4&id=6cbc90577b&e=54244ea97d

http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/09/book-review-privatization-of-roads-and.html

Nelson, Peter Lothian and Walter E. Block. 2018. Space capitalism: the case for privatizing space travel and colonization. Palgrave Macmillan; https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-74651-7; https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/3319746502/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1531187909&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl2&tag=economicpolicyjournal-20&linkId=959e913e476f48b289a16223d557a826; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/07/new-walter-block-book-space-capitalism.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29;

You can access my appearance here:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?448910-4/space-capitalism;

https://mises.org/power-market/walter-block-talks-space-capitalism-cspan;

Hey, I’m On TV: C-Span

Block, Walter E. and Peter Lothian Nelson. 2015. Water Capitalism: The Case for Privatizing Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and Aquifers. New York City, N.Y.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield; https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498518802/Water-Capitalism-The-Case-for-Privatizing-Oceans-Rivers-Lakes-and-Aquifers. https://mises.org/library/case-privatizing-oceans-and-rivers

scathing review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1SMO4B0T1AWM5/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1498518826

How can I be of further help to you? Did you attend THE BEST student seminar on Austro-libertarianism, the Mises University?

Best regards,

Walter

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8:15 am on July 30, 2019