What Profession Should Libertarians Choose? Insurance?

From: T
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 8:31 PM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Private insurance
Hello Walter: The case for more insurance agents. So I’m reading your paper on national defense and the theory of externalities public goods, and clubs and a question comes to my mind…. would it not be a benefit to promote more insurance agents within the Libertarian community- to promote more options?? Set ourselves up for The day we get to privatization of everything, always best to be prepared? I used to sell insurance before I became a high school teacher, and obviously the state was/is always a major obstacle to everything that we did. From licensing requirements, to who, what, when, and where we could insure being controlled and manipulated through regulations and price controls-we were always messed with. We should create an endorsement for libertarian insurance agents who willfully help to eliminate micro and macro state monopolies.

Dear T: Yes, insurance will be part and parcel of the free society, a very important aspect. My friend Hans Hoppe has done great work in demonstrating just that. And, if so, then, insurance agents have a crucial role to play in libertarianism. But this is true, also, for lawyers, economists, philosophers, journalists, clergy, etc. My thought is that everyone should engage in the profession most comfortable for him, as the best way to promote liberty, and people should only consider what is best for the movement secondarily. A happy libertarian is a productive libertarian.


7:18 pm on March 2, 2018