Timing and the Use of Violence; Remarrying, When Supposedly Dead Spouse Shows Up?

From: T
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2019 3:24 AM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: The Non Aggression Principle and Time

Hi Walter,

The non aggression principle states that violence can only be used in self-defense. Well, I think most humans would agree that if someone punches you in the face, you have a right to react and strike back. That is in the present.

But what if your financial advisor slowly steals all of your money over the years. Now you are broke. Do you have the right to be aggressive against the advisor? Sure, the courts and lawyers are there to prevent revenge violence; but what if the judge is the brother of your financial advisor? What then?

In the movies there have been several films about soldiers and sailors lost at war and at sea (even a FedEx employee lost in a plane crash). Their young wives grieve for them, bury an empty coffin and move on to new men. But the original husbands somehow have survived and come back home.

Has the “widow” broken her marriage contract with her supposedly dead, but still alive husband? I wonder how the IRS deals with this issue. I’m sure that the IRS would still want the tax money from a “dead” man.

My point is, are contracts really valid? So much is based upon trust. And how does one get self defense against a government that tries to kill them? e.g. The Military Draft Lottery during the Vietnam War?

Does the NAP keep a broken soldier from those illegal and horrible wars from attacking the politicians who sent him to his fate?

Or does time enter into the equation of self defense?

I’m really curious about this one. Nixon tried to send me and my fellow males of the same birth year to the Vietnam War based upon our birthdates coming out of a draft lottery drum. As far as I’m concerned, Nixon tried to kill me. Does the NAP allow me to attack Nixon back in the day?

Nixon also, in the same month, took the USA off of the last link to the gold standard and that has really messed up my life. Again, does the NAP allow me to attack Nixon back in the day? Kissinger is still alive. Can us Vietnam War victims attack Kissinger? I doubt if Cambodians like Kissinger. Do they have the right to attack Kissinger?

Time, time, time…. Time heals all wounds.

Perhaps we only have the right to self defense in the moment of attack on our persons. Otherwise, we just have to take it. T

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Monday, October 21, 2019 4:43 PM

To: T

Subject: RE: The Non Aggression Principle and Time

Dear T:

I think a person would be justified in using violence against the crooked financial advisor, if that was the only way to get back at him.

I think that a wife would be justified in remarrying after a certain number of years of her husband’s being missing and being presumed dead. How many years? I’d trust a private court to make a determination. If I were a judge on a private court, right off the top of my head I’d say 3 years. But what do I know about that sort of thing? Not much.

I’ve written a little bit about that sort of thing:

Block, Walter E. and William Barnett II. 2008. “Continuums” Journal Etica e Politica / Ethics & Politics, Vol. 1, pp. 151-166, June; http://www2.units.it/~etica/http://www2.units.it/~etica/2008_1/BLOCKBARNETT.pdf

Also, I don’t think there should be any time limit, statutes of limitation, on punishments for crime:

Alston and Block, 2007; Block, 1993, 2001, 2002; Block and Yeatts, 1999-2000; Crepelle and Block, 2017

Alston, Wilton D. and Walter E. Block. 2007. “Reparations, Once Again.” Human Rights Review, Vol. 9, No. 3, September, pp. 379-392; http://tinyurl.com/2b75fl

Block, Walter E. 1993. “Malcolm X,” Fraser Forum, January, pp. 18-19; http://mises.org/Community/forums/t/5361.aspx 

Block, Walter E. 2001. “The Moral Dimensions of Poverty, Entitlements and Theft,” The Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 83-93; http://www.acton.org/publicat/m_and_m/2001_spring/block.htmlhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=922087http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marketsandmorality.com%2Findex.php%2Fmandm%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F587%2F577&ei=lBn9UuLIOtDOkQe1toHwBw&usg=AFQjCNF2MZ5XoFKKMF5UcOfOT5Kv-HQgZA&sig2=VVYWZhyl0ZmAWRAKXtkxWw; Search for “Walter Block” under “Authors” here: http://www.marketsandmorality.com/index.php/mandm/search

Block, Walter E. 2002. “On Reparations to Blacks for Slavery,” Human Rights Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, July-September, pp. 53-73;


(David Horowitz, Randall Robinson)

Block, Walter E. and Guillermo Yeatts. 1999-2000. “The Economics and Ethics of Land Reform: A Critique of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s ‘Toward a Better Distribution of Land: The Challenge of Agrarian Reform,’” Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 37-69; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/ethics_land_reform.pdf

Crepelle, Adam and Walter E. Block. 2017. “Property Rights and Freedom:  The Keys to Improving Life in Indian Country.” Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Vol. 23, Issue 2, Article, 3, pp. 314-342; http://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1435&context=crsjhttp://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/crsj/vol23/iss2/3/

Best regards,



6:35 am on November 3, 2019