Reparations, A Libertarian Analysis

From: A
Sent: Wed 6/29/2016 5:47 AM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Re: Restitution for regulations

Dear Walter,

I once read from Hoppe that we can only carry out restitution in cases where the (or a more) original owner of a certain piece of property can be explicitly and individually identified. So I think extra money gained from regulations is too hard to be measured and included in restitution projects. We simply don’t know what people would have done if there hadn’t been those regulations.

Do you agree with this?

Thanks a lot!


On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:29 PM, Walter Block <

Dear A:

When you were an undergrad, I’d answer questions like this for you. But, now, you’re a grad student. I might add, a gifted one, in this sort of thing, well immersed in libertarian theory. So, how would YOU answer this question? It would make a great co authored paper for us. I’m glad you’re still interested in asking these questions. I regret that you’re too busy to wade into this type of thing with me as a co author. But, hey, it’s your life; you have to decide these things for yourself.

Best regards,



1:24 pm on January 23, 2019