What Is The Proper Libertarian View of Cultural Conservatism?

Letter 1:

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 9:41 AM Richard Gaylord wrote:

if you had to choose between living in a political system that opposed or supported cultural conservatism, which would you choose

ie. would you choose to live in a society in which economic freedom was limited or restricted to some extent while personal liberty was not restricted [allowing voluntary acts you don’t approve of like homosexual behavior or drug-taking] or in a society with free market economics but with restrictions on personal behavior?

The mistake I made in my earlier writing, it is now apparent to me, is that I am not only a libertarian but also a cultural conservative. Not only am I concerned with what the law should be, I also live in the moral, cultural, and ethical realm. I was then so astounded by the brilliance of the libertarian vision (I still am) that I overlooked the fact that I am more than only a libertarian. As both a libertarian and a cultural conservative, I see no incompatibility between beliefs which are part of these two very different universes of discourse.

Letter 2

On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 2:29 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

I support the latter

Letter 3:

From: Richard Gaylord

Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2019 12:46 PM

To: Walter Block

Subject: Re:

so you choose economic freedom over personal freedom?

would murray have agreed?

what is the value of economic freedom if it doesn’t result in personal freedom?

apparently this is how singapore operates. and china is trying the same thing?

note:  i’m not agreeing or disagreeing. i.m not even sure it makes sense to set this up as a binary choice. that would assume that the two are seperable. are they?

Letter 4:

Dear Richard:

I support both kinds of freedom. You asked me to make an artificial choice. I did so. If I had chosen the opposite, you would have also criticized that. Hey, I can’t win.

Best regards,



2:37 am on February 2, 2020