Racial, Sexual, etc., Discrimination

Letter 1

From: Daniel Cummings

Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 3:39 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu<mailto:wblock@loyno.edu>>

Subject: reparations

Dear Walter,

I am so impressed by your essays on reparations that I have passed them on to a few of my more influential friends and opinion makers (2002 essay, 2007 essay, 2019 Epoch Times review).  In my attempts to provoke interest in reading them, I have presented the following brief summary of your beliefs as an enticement:

⦁ Reparation benefits should be strictly based on reasonably proven ancestry of slavery.

⦁ Reparation liability should be strictly based on reasonably proven ancestry of slaveholding.

⦁ Total reparations should be limited to the fair and just market value they had (or would have had) when they could have been, but were not, levied postemancipation during Reconstruction; however, both reparation benefits and reparation liability are fully heritable indefinitely, including to the present.

⦁ Reparation benefits should be apportioned equitably among progeny of slaves and not given universally to those of a particular race or races or colors.

⦁ Reparation liability should be apportioned equitably among progeny of slaveholders and not universally applied to any race or to society in general or the government or the taxpayers.

I have added my opinion (and identified it as such) that equitable apportionment should mean per stirpes and not per capita.

Is this a fair and accurate summary?  Do you want any brief revisions or additions?


Letter 2

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 2:48 PM

To: Daniel Cummings

Subject: RE: reparations

Dear Dan:

Very accurate. Thanks

Best regards,


Letter 3

From: Daniel Cummings

Sent: Friday, October 02, 2020 1:54 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: nondiscrimination

Hello Walter:

   What is your position on the various “nondiscrimination” laws?

Dan Cummings

Letter 4

Dear Daniel:

In my view, the govt should not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual preference, etc. But private prople should be able to do so.

One of my books deals with this issue:

Block, Walter E. 2010. The Case for Discrimination. Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute; http://www.amazon.com/The-Case-Discrimination-Walter-Block/dp/1933550813/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336605494&sr=1-1;

http://mises.org/store/Case-for-Discrimination-P10442.aspx; available for free here:

https://mises.org/library/case-discrimination; Spanish translation: https://www.editorialinnisfree.com/product-page/defendiendo-la-discriminaci%C3%B3n-walter-block

Best regards,



3:57 am on March 16, 2021

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