Twitter? Indifference?

From: Teyo

To: [email protected]

Subject: Hoppe’s Response to Your Response & Walter Block Video Account

Hello Dr. Block,

I asked at AERC if you had made a response to Hoppe’s paper, Two Notes on Preference and Indifference, particularly the second section titled II. Further Notes on Preferences and Indifference: Rejoinder to Block, originally published in the QJAE 3, no. 4

The second thing I asked was if you had ever heard of the Twitter account “Water Block No Context”

The account isn’t trying to smear you, it’s more so meant to show various funny things you have said.



Dear Teyoman:

What’s the deal on twitter?

Here are my debates with Hans and on indifference:

Block, 1998, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011A, 2011B; Block and Barnett, 2010; Block, Barnett and Salerno, 2006; Block and Callahan. 2003; Gregory and Block. 2007.

Block, Walter E. 1998. “A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, summer, pp. 167-186;

Block, Walter E. 2004. “The State Was a Mistake.” Book review of Hoppe, Han-Hermann, Democracy, The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order, 2001May 25.

Block, Walter E. 2007. “Plumb Line Libertarianism: A Critique of Hoppe.” Reason Papers, Vol. 29, Fall, pp. 151-163;

Block, Walter E. 2009. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on indifference” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics; Vol. 12, No. 1: 52–59;

Block, Walter E. with William Barnett II. 2010. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on indifference, once again.” Reason Papers, Vol. 32, pp. 141-154;

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Libertarianism is unique; it belongs neither to the right nor the left: a critique of the views of Long, Holcombe, and Baden on the left, Hoppe, Feser and Paul on the right.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22: 127–70;

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Hoppe, Kinsella and Rothbard II on Immigration: A Critique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 593–623;

Block, Walter E. 2011B. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 771–792;

Block, Walter E., William Barnett II and Joseph Salerno. 2006. “Relationship between wealth or income and time preference is empirical, not apodictic: critique of Rothbard and Hoppe,” Review of Austrian Economics, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 69-80;

Block, Walter E. and Gene Callahan. 2003. “Is There a Right to Immigration? A Libertarian Perspective,” Human Rights Review. Vol. 5, No. 1, October-December, pp. 46-71

Gregory, Anthony and Walter E. Block. 2007. “On Immigration: Reply to Hoppe.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, vol. 21, No. 3, Fall, pp. 25-42;

Indifference:: indifferent:: title: The economics of indifference

Debate between Walter Block and Hans-Hermann Hoppe on Nozick’s methodology and indifference::

1. Block, Walter E. 1980. “On Robert Nozick’s ‘On Austrian Methodology’.” Inquiry, Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall, pp. 397-444;;; Spanish translation, Libertas, Vol. 14, No. 26, May 1997, pp. 71-131

2. Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2005. “Must Austrians Embrace Indifference?” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 8 (4): 87–91; online at:

3. Block, Walter E. 2009. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on Indifference” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics; Vol. 12, No. 1: 52–59;

4. Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2009. “Further Notes on Preference and Indifference: Rejoinder to Block,” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 12, no. 1, pp. 60-64,

5. Block, Walter E. with William Barnett II. 2010. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on indifference, once again.” Reason Papers, Vol. 32, pp. 141-154;

“Perhaps these divisions amongst scholars who might be expected to agree are due to the fact that we are all imperfect human beings. Perhaps some young scholar(s) will one day come along and definitively solve all of these disputes in such a way that all present parties to them will agree to the solution. Until that time, the most we can do, I think, is to do our best—to publish our ideas, imperfect as they are, in the hope that the process of public debate itself will shed some light on these vexing issues. Two heads are better than one, and all of the professionals who read this journal, plus the two of us (Hoppe and the two present authors), are better than just the three of us alone.”

Block, Walter E. 2012. “Response to Ben O’Neill on indifference.” Dialogue; Issue No. 2, pp. 76-93;

Block, Walter E. 2009. “Rejoinder to Machaj on Indifference,” New Perspectives on Political Economy, Volume 5, Number 1, pp. 65-71;

Wysocki, Igor and Walter E. Block. 2018A. “Homogeneity, heterogeneity, the supply curve and consumer theory.” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. Volume 21, no. 4, pp. 398–416 (Winter);

Wysocki, Igor and Walter E. Block. 2018B. “An analysis of the supply curve: does it depict homogeneity among its constituent elements? Another rejoinder to Nozick.”  Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST). pp. 1-11;;; DOI 10.12709/issn.2334-7058

Block, Walter E. 2022. “Rejoinder to Wysocki on indifference.” Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce); No. 72, pp. 37–61 ∙ CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0;;

Best regards,



2:37 pm on March 21, 2023