Several Questions and Answers On Libertarianism

From: N
Sent: Fri 3/18/2016 6:46 PM
To: Walter Block

N: If you murder me does my whole family vote on whether to forgive you or does a single heir have to be determined.

Walter: My answer would be the same as if you died suddenly, with no will, no heir chosen. Whatever a private court would determine, I think, would be the right answer; presumably, your closest relative, such as your mother, since you’re a young man. If you were married, presumably, your wife.

N: If a woman chooses to abort after viability she has violated the NAP, however, as the main homesteader and guardian of the baby can she simply choose not to prosecute herself?

Walter: If she chooses to abort at ANY time in her pregnancy, she is a criminal in my view. Of course, if she chooses, merely, to evict, that is her right, again, at ANY time in her pregnancy. She should be prosecuted by any pro life group such as an orphanage, that shelters unwanted babies.

N: You may object by saying she loses guardian rights when she is no longer a acting in the babies’ best interest, however, what if she is extremely poor, starving, and thinks the baby would be better off dead than alive?

Walter: She is a murderer in my view, however rich she is. She is entitled by libertarian law, at least as I see it, to evict at any time, but never to abort (abortion = eviction plus killing)

N: Isn’t the next in line of guardianship usually the father? Could he forgive his wife for aborting?

Walter: It is the baby who is the victim, and is in no position, even when alive, let alone after an abortion which murdered him, to forgive. Of course, the heirs (guardians) of a murder victim may forgive the murderer. So, if the father is a true guardian, (he did everything he could to stop the abortion) then he may do so


4:57 pm on February 8, 2019