Voluntary Slavery, “Civil War”

Sat, Oct 24 at 6:12 AM

Voluntary Slavery, “Civil War”

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:07 PM

To: ‘Bobreagan13@gmail.com‘ <Bobreagan13@gmail.com>

Subject: letter

Dear Bob:

Thanks for your lovely letter. I apologize for the long delay in responding. I’m not used to getting letters on paper, and misplaced yours. In future, please let’s communicate by e mail. Please, do me a favor? If you have that letter electronically, please send it to me. I’d like to blog it plus my response. I can keep you anonymous if you wish.

Yes, things were better, intellectually on campus a few decades ago than they are now; way better.

Voluntary slavery, in my view, is very different than indentured servitude. In the former case, killing the slave would not be considered murder; in the latter case, killing the servant certainly would be.

There was no “Civil War” in 1861. A civil war occurs when each of two sides wants to control the entire country. The civil wars in Russia in 1917 and in Spain, in 1936 were true civil wars. But in the US, while the north wanted to control the south, the south only wanted to secede. So this war was a war over secession.

Voluntary socialism can be as widespread as people are willing to join in. I don’t say it will be very efficient; it won’t. But it should be legal in the free society.

Yay, JSMill.

I’ve just been honored by FIRE and I’ve been a long time supporter of theirs:


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Best regards,



7:39 am on October 24, 2020