Stratasphere

I received this note from Randy Simmons announcing his new initiative:

From: Randy Simmons [mailto:rtsimmons@strata.org]

Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2019 10:15 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Introducing the Stratasphere!

A new series by Strata Policy

Friends,

A cartoon in an old policy analysis book showed two analysts looking at a computer printout and one says to the other, “Well, we can’t tell Congress that!” At Strata we have too often delighted in telling people what they do not want to hear in ways that they do not want to hear it—subsidies are environmentally and economically bad so end the subsidies, fears of nuclear power are irrational so build new reactors, wind and solar are too variable to be viable without fossil fuel backup so keep drilling and fracking…

Strata’s newest initiative is what we call The Stratasphere, a series of short articles from a network of contributors, each of whom has specialized expertise in public policy analysis. The scholars who write for The Stratasphere will continue our history of making strong statements about analysis and policy. But, they will also seek to find common ground with our critics to see where we can agree on common sense proposals. Expect them to lead with facts, recognize economic and political constraints, consistently seek for voluntary rather than mandatory approaches, and accept that the best proposals can be the enemy of the possible.

Randy Simmons

President and Co-Founder

Strata

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Here is my response to Randy (he never responded; I wonder why?):

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2019 12:55 PM

To: ‘Walter Block’ <wblock70118@zoho.eu>

Subject: FW: Introducing the Stratasphere!

Dear Randy:

You say you are guided by these people (https://www.strata.org/stratasphere/):

Thought leaders and authors we tend to follow:

•        Friedrich Hayek

•        Adam Smith

•        Ronald Coase

•        Joseph Schumpeter

•        Elinor Ostrom

•        James Buchanan

•        Gordon Tullock

•        Milton Friedman

You might then be interested in these publications that are critical of these authors:

•        Friedrich Hayek

Block, 1996, 1999, 2006; Hoppe, misc dates; Knott, 2012; McMaken, 2010, 2013; North, 2014; Rothbard, 1980, 1981-1982, 1998 (ch. 28)

Block, Walter E. 1996. “Hayek’s Road to Serfdom,” Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, Fall, pp. 327-350, http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/12_2/12_2_6.pdf; reprinted in Ama-gi: Journal of the Hayek Society at the London School of Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 22-25

Block, Walter E. 1999. “The Gold Standard: A Critique of Friedman, Mundell, Hayek, Greenspan from the free enterprise perspective,” Managerial Finance, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 15-33, http://giorgio.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContainer.do?containerType=Issue&containerId=13529http://www.mises.org/etexts/goldcritique.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Fanatical, Not Reasonable: A Short Correspondence Between Walter E. Block and Milton Friedman (on Friedrich Hayek ’s Road to Serfdom).” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer, pp. 61-80; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/20_3/20_3_4.pdfhttps://mises.org/system/tdf/20_3_4.pdf?file=1&type=document

Hoppe, Hans, on Hayek: https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome-psyapi2&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8&q=Hans%20Hoppe%20FA%20Hayek&oq=Hans%20Hoppe%20FA%20Hayek&aqs=chrome..69i57.6480j0j8

Knott, Adam. 2012. “Hayek and Praxeology.” November 13; http://www.mises.org/daily/6248/Hayek-and-Praxeology

McMaken, Ryan. 2010. “The Rothbardian School.” August 31; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken133.html

McMaken, Ryan. 2013. “Jonah Goldberg’s Long Unhappy Relationship With Libertarianism.” April 18; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken152.html

North, Gary. 2014. “When Hayek Abandoned Mises.” November 4;

http://www.garynorth.com/public/13079.cfm

Rothbard, Murray, N. 1980. “Hayek On Coercion and Freedom.”  Literature of Liberty, Winter, pp. 53 54.

Rothbard, Murray, N. 1981-1982. “Hayek’s Denationalised Money,” The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 15, Nos. 5-6 (August-January), p 9; http://mises.org/journals/lf/1981/1981_08-1982_01.pdf

Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp (chapter 28)

•        Adam Smith

Rothbard, Murray N. 1987. “The Celebrated Adam Smith.” http://mises.org/page/1430

Rothbard, Murray N. 1987. “Adam Smith Reconsidered.” Austrian Economics Newsletter.  Auburn, AL: The Ludwig von Mises Institute, Fall, pp. 5-7.  Reprinted in Austrian Economics (Vol. 1) by S. Littlechild.  Brookfield, VT: Edward Elgar Publishing Company (1990), pp. 41-44;  http://mises.org/daily/2012

•        Ronald Coase

Austro libertarian critics of Coasean law and economics:: Coase critics:

Barnett and Block, 2005, 2007, 2009; Block 1977, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010A, 2010B, 2010C, 2011, 2013; Block, Barnett and Callahan, 2005

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block . 2007. “Coase and Van Zandt on Lighthouses,” Public Finance Review, Vol. 35, No. 6, November, pp. 710-733

Barnett, William and Walter E. Block . 2009. “Coase and Bertrand on Lighthouses,” Public Choice; 140(1–2):1–13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11127-008-9375-x

Block, Walter. 1977. “Coase and Demsetz on Private Property Rights,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. I, No. 2, Spring, pp. 111-115, http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/1_2/1_2_4.pdf; reprint translation: “Coase y Demsetz sobre el derecho de propiedad privada,” Libertas 37, Octubre de 2002, año XIX, pp.5-20.

Block, Walter. 1995. “Ethics, Efficiency, Coasean Property Rights and Psychic Income: A Reply to Demsetz,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 61-125, http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae8_2_4.pdfhttp://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/r82_4.pdf; reprint translation: “Ética, eficiencia, derechos de propiedad Coasianos e ingreso psíquico: una respuesta a Demsetz,” Libertas 37, octubre de 2002, año XIX, pp. 71-210

Block, Walter 1996. “O.J.’s Defense: A Reductio Ad Absurdum of the Economics of Ronald Coase and Richard Posner,” European Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 3, pp. 265-286; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block_oj’s-defense.pdf

Block, Walter. 2000. “Private Property Rights, Erroneous Interpretations, Morality and Economics: Reply to Demsetz,” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring, pp. 63-78; http://www.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae3_1_8.pdf; reprint translation: “Derecho de propiedad privada, interpretaciones erróneas, moralidad y economía: en respuesta a Demsetz,” Libertas 37, octubre de 2002, año XIX, pp. 227-264

Block, Walter. 2003. “Private property rights, economic freedom, and Professor Coase: A Critique of Friedman, McCloskey, Medema and Zorn,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer, pp. 923-951; http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go2782/is_3_26/ai_n6640908/?tag=content

Block, Walter. 2006. “Coase and Kelo: Ominous Parallels and Reply to Lott on Rothbard on Coase,” Whittier Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 997-1022

Block, Walter E. 2010A. “A Response to Brooks’ Support of Demsetz on the Coase Theorem.” Dialogue, Vol. 2; http://www.uni-svishtov.bg/dialog/2010/2.10.WB.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2010B. “Rejoinder to Brooks on Coase and Demsetz.” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics; Vol. 13, No. 4, Winter, pp. 56-73; http://mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae13_4_3.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2010C. “Rejoinder to Boettke on Coasean Economics and Communism.” Romanian Economic and Business Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall, pp. 9-90; http://www.rebe.rau.ro/REBE%205%203.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2011. “Rejoinder to Bertrand on lighthouses.” Romanian Economic and Business Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall, pp. 49-67; http://www.rebe.rau.ro/REBE%206%203.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2013. “The Dangerous Fanatic Ronald Coase, RIP.” September 16;

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/09/walter-block-on-dangerous-fanatic.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29

Block, Walter E., William Barnett II and Gene Callahan. 2005. “The Paradox of Coase as a Defender of Free Markets,” NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 1075-1095; http://www.nyujll.org/articles/Vol.%201%20No.%203/Vol.%201%20No.%203%20-%20Barnett,%20Block%20and%20Callahan.pdfhttp://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/barnett-block-callahan_paradox-coase-2005.pdf;

Reprinted in Mario Rizzo, ed. 2011. Austrian Law and Economics; The Definitive Collection; Edward Elgar; http://thinkmarkets.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/austrian-law-and-economics-the-definitive-collection/http://tinyurl.com/2hbzd4

Debate: Block vs. Demsetz: Block – Demsetz debate (on Ronald Coase):

1. Block, Walter. 1977. “Coase and Demsetz on Private Property Rights,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. I, No. 2, 1977, pp. 111-115; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/1_2/1_2_4.pdf

2. Demsetz, Harold. 1979. “Ethics and Efficiency in Property Rights Systems,” in Time, Uncertainty and Disequilibrium: Explorations of Austrian Themes, Mario Rizzo, ed., Lexington Mass.: D.C. Heath and Co; http://mises.org/Books/timeuncertainty.pdf (see chapter 5)

3. Block, Walter. 1995. “Ethics, Efficiency, Coasean Property Rights and Psychic Income: A Reply to Demsetz,” Review of Austrian Economics, 8 (2): 61-125, http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae8_2_4.pdf

4. Demsetz, Harold. 1997. “Block’s Erroneous Interpretations,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 101-109; http://www.mises.org/journals/rae/pdf/rae10_2_6.pdf

5. Block, Walter. 2000. “Private Property Rights, Erroneous Interpretations, Morality and Economics: Reply to Demsetz,” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring, pp. 63-78; http://www.mises.org/journals/qjae/pdf/qjae3_1_8.pdf

•        Elinor Ostrom

Block, Walter E. 2011. Review essay of Ostrom, Elinor. 1990. Governing the commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action. Cambridge, UK and New York, NY: Cambridge University Press; in Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, Art. 21; http://libertarianpapers.org/21-review-ostroms-governing-commons/

Jankovic, Ivan and Walter E. Block. 2016. “Tragedy of the Partnership: A Critique of Elinor Ostrom.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology. Volume 75, Issue 2, pages 289–318; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajes.12141/abstracthttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajes.12141/fullhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajes.12141/referenceshttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajes.2016.75.issue-2/issuetoc

•        James Buchanan

Anti Buchanan:

DiLorenzo, Thomas J. and Walter E. Block. 2017. An Austro-Libertarian Critique of Public Choice; Addleton Academic Publishers

Rothbard, Murray. 1997. “Buchanan and Tullock’s ‘The Calculus of Consent,” The Logic of Action II, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, pp. 269-274; http://library.mises.org/books/Murray%20N%20Rothbard/Economic%20Controversies.pdf

https://mises.org/store/Economic-Controversies-P10459.aspx

Block, Walter E. 2012. “James Buchanan on Inheritance: a Critique.” Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy, Vol. 1, No. 2, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=2045-2101&show=latest

Block, Walter E. 2010. “A Critical Look at The Calculus of Consent” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 433-450

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; http://tinyurl.com/38ul7l

Block, Walter E. and Tom DiLorenzo. 2000. “Is Voluntary Government Possible? A Critique of Constitutional Economics,” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Vol. 156, No. 4, December, pp. 567-582; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/voluntary_govt.pdf; reprinted in Mario Rizzo, ed. 2011. Austrian Law and Economics; The Definitive Collection; Edward Elgar; http://thinkmarkets.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/austrian-law-and-economics-the-definitive-collection/

DiLorenzo, Tom and Walter E. Block. 2001.  “Constitutional Economics and the Calculus of Consent,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3, Summer, pp. 37-56; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/15_3/15_3_2.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Tom DiLorenzo. 2001. “The Calculus of Consent Revisited,” Public Finance and Management, Vol. 1, No. 3; www.spaef.com <http://www.spaef.com>; http://spaef.com/PFM_PUB/pubv1n3.htmlhttp://www.spaef.com/PFM_PUB/v1n3.html;

http://www.academia.edu/1359820/The_Calculus_of_Consent_Revisited;

•        Gordon Tullock

Block, Walter E. 1998. “Roads, Bridges, Sunlight and Private Property: Reply to Gordon Tullock,” Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, Vol. 8, No. 2/3, June-September, pp. 315-326; http://141.164.133.3/faculty/Block/Blockarticles/roads2_vol8.htmhttp://www.walterblock.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/block_roads-bridges-sunlight-reply-tullock-1998.pdf

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2005. “Professor Tullock on Austrian Business Cycle Theory,” Advances in Austrian Economics, Vol. 8, pp. 431-443; http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1880562

DiLorenzo, Thomas J. and Walter E. Block. 2017. An Austro-Libertarian Critique of Public Choice; Addleton Academic Publishers

•        Milton Friedman

Block, 1999, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013; Block and Barnett, 2012-2013; McChesney, 1991; Rothbard, 2002; Friedman and Block, 2006; Friedman and Block, 2006; Kinsella, 2009; Lind, 2012; Machan, 2010; McChesney, 1991; North, 2012; Rothbard, 2002; Vance, 2005; Wapshott, 2012; Wenzel, 2012; Wilcke, 1999

Block, Walter E. 2013. “Was Milton Friedman a socialist” Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST Journal); Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 11- 26; http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2013/_02.pdf;

http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2013/Sadrzaj_eng.html

Block, Walter E. 1999. “The Gold Standard: A Critique of Friedman, from the free enterprise perspective, Greenspan,” Managerial Finance, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 15-33; http://giorgio.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContainer.do?containerType=Issue&containerId=13529http://www.mises.org/etexts/goldcritique.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2003. “Private property rights, economic freedom, and Professor Coase: A Critique of Friedman, McCloskey, Medema and Zorn,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer, pp. 923-951; http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go2782/is_3_26/ai_n6640908/?tag=content

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Milton Friedman on Intolerance: A Critique.” Libertarian Papers; Vol. 2, No. 41;

http://libertarianpapers.org/2010/41-block-milton-friedman-on-intolerance-a-critique/http://mises.org/daily/6208/Friedman-on-Intolerance-A-Critique

Block, Walter E. 2011. “How Not To Defend the Market: A critique of Easton, Miron, Bovard, Friedman and Boudreaux .” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 581–592; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_28.pdf

Block, Walter E. and William Barnett II. 2012-2013. “Milton Friedman and the financial crisis,” American Review of Political Economy, Vol. 10, No. 1/2, June, 2012 – June 2013; pp. 2-17; http://www.ARPEJournal.comhttp://arpejournal.com./ARPEvolume10number1-2/Block.pdfarpejournal.com

Friedman, Milton and Walter E. Block. 2006. “Fanatical, Not Reasonable: A Short Correspondence Between Walter E. Block and Milton Friedman (on Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom).” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer, pp. 61-80; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/20_3/20_3_4.pdfhttps://mises.org/system/tdf/20_3_4.pdf?file=1&type=document

Kinsella, Stephan. 2009. “Milton Friedman on Intolerance, Liberty, Mises, Etc.” November 9;

http://archive.mises.org/11004/milton-friedman-on-intolerance-liberty-mises-etc/

Lind, Michael. 2012 .  « Thank you, Milton Friedman: How conservatives’ economic hero helped make the case for big government.” August 7 ;

http://www.salon.com/2012/08/07/thank_you_milton_friedman/

Machan, Tibor R. 2010. Milton Friedman and the Human Good, June 7; http://mises.org/daily/4451/Milton-Friedman-and-the-Human-Good

McChesney, Fred. 1991. “Antitrust and Regulation: Chicago’s Contradictory Views,” Cato Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3, Winter, pp. 775-778

North, Gary. 2012. “Detours on the Road to Freedom: Where Milton Friedman Went Wrong.”

https://archive.lewrockwell.com/north/north1178.html

Rothbard, Murray N. 2002. “Milton Friedman Unraveled.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall, pp. 37-54; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/16_4/16_4_3.pdf

Vance, Laurence M. 2005. “The Curse of the Withholding Tax” April, 21;

http://mises.org/daily/1797

Wapshott, Nicholas. 2012. “A Lovefest Between Milton Friedman and J.M. Keynes.” July 30; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/30/nicholas-wapshott-a-lovefest-between-milton-friedman-and-j-m-keynes.html

Libertarians worship Milton Friedman, and liberals lionize John Maynard Keynes. But a long-lost essay shows that the champion of small government admired the prince of the New Deal.

Wenzel, Robert. 2012. “How Milton Friedman Helped Make the Case for Big Government.” August 9; http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/08/how-milton-friedman-helped-make-case.html

Wilcke, Richard R. 1999. “An appropriate ethical model for business,

and a critique of Milton Friedman,” http://mises.org/journals/scholar/Ethics.PDF

Best regards,

Walter

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics

6363 St. Charles Avenue

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA 70118

wblock@loyno.edu

tel: 504 864 7934

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