Private Parks, Private Roads, Private Rivers

From: R
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:38 PM
To: Walter Block <>
Subject: Re: Private Property

Dear Walter,

My friend posited those points as proof that if all property is private, chaos ensues. He also praised public parks. What’s a rebuttal?

My friend said he’s going to buy the property surrounding my house. I won’t be able to get in or out of my house because he won’t let me onto his property.

He also said he’s going to pollute the river he bought even though it’s well stocked with fish and frequented by fisherman.  He said he can do that because it’s his property.

Regards, R

Dear R: Maybe you should get better friends?

You pose three important challenges. Here are my responses:

1. On someone entrapping you in your house, read this:

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute;; available for free here:;;; audio:;;

2. On river pollution, read this:

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;

scathing review:

3. On the case for privatizing parks, read this material:

Block, Walter E. 8/2/01. “Hunt Farms,”

Block, Walter E. 1992. “Stanley Park Task Force,” Fraser Forum, October, pp. 40-42.

Block, Walter E. 4/9/90. “Safety in private parks,” Thunder Bay Ontario Daily.

Block, Walter E. 7/17/89. “How much parkland?” Thunder Bay Ontario Daily.

Block, Walter E. 1989. “Parkland,” Fraser Forum, August, pp. 23-24.

Block, Walter E. 1977. “Public Parks: the New York City Case.” The Libertarian Forum. Vol. 10, No. 10, October, pp. 6-7;

Block, Walter E. 2005. “Government and Market: A Critique of Professor James Buchanan’s What Should Economists Do?” Corporate Ownership & Control, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall, pp. 81-87;

If it moves, privatize it; if it doesn’t move, privatize it. Since everything either moves or doesn’t move, privatize everything.


3:07 pm on March 9, 2019