* F R E E E X C H A N G E *
for Saturday evening, September 27, 2003
"LIBERTARIANISM TO THE OUTER LIMITS:
DEFENDING THE UNDEFENDABLE"
(based on his famous book, which will be available for purchase)
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Walter Block will talk about Radical Libertarianism, or Pushing the
Envelope on libertarianism by appling the libertarian non-aggression
axiom to such challenging subjects as blackmail, libel,
reparations to blacks for slavery, abortion, and incest. As Professor
Block says in _The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics_ vol. 2
-#3, "Most commentators think that the crucial debate in political
economy is between socialism and capitalism. In fact, the real
contending parties are... a purely voluntary system which allows full
sway of the choices of the owners of private property (whether
they wish to use their holdings individually or communally
it matters not one wit) vis a vis a coercive system where some
people dictate how others can use their property rights."
Author of that libertarian cult classic, "Defending the Undefendable"
(published in 1976 but still selling; translated into half dozen
Professor Block is the Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair of Economics at
Loyola University in New Orleans.
for a bio, see http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block21.html