Walter Block

Walter Block

(1941 - )
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BIO

Walter Edward Block is an American Austrian School economist and libertarian anarcho-capitalist. He currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the J. A. Butt School of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. A profile of Block on the website of Psychology Today, calls him an “international titan of freedom movements.” He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

  • Defending the Undefendable (1976)
  • A Response to the Framework Document for Amending the Combines Investigation Act (1982)
  • Focus on Economics and the Canadian Bishops (1983)
  • Focus on Employment Equity: A Critique of the Abella Royal Commission on Equality in Employment (with Michael A. Walker; 1985)
  • The U.S. Bishops and Their Critics: An Economic and Ethical Perspective (1986)
  • Lexicon of Economic Thought (with Michael A. Walker; 1988)
  • Economic Freedom of the World, 1975–1995 (with James Gwartney, Robert Lawson; 1996)
  • Labor Economics from a Free Market Perspective: Employing the Unemployable (2008)
  • The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors (2009)
  • Differing Worldviews in Higher Education: Two Scholars Argue Cooperatively about Justice Education (2010)
  • Building Blocks for Liberty (2010)
  • Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty (2012)
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The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors

The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors

By Walter Block

The Mises Institute is pleased to introduce Walter Block’s remarkable new treatise on private roads, a 494-page book that will cause you to rethink the whole of the way modern transportation networks operate. It is bold, innovative, radical, compelling, and shows how free-market economic theory is the clarifying lens through which to see the failures of the state and see the alternative that is consistent with human liberty. He shows that even the worst, off-the-cuff scenario of life under private ownership of roads would be fantastic by comparison to the existing reality of government-ownership of roads, which is awful in ways we don’t entirely realize until Block fully explains it (think: highway deaths). But that is only the beginning of what Professor Block has done. He has made a lengthy, detailed, and positive case that the privatization of roads would be socially optimal in every way. It would save lives, curtail pollution, save us (as individuals!) money, save us massive…

Legalize Blackmail

Legalize Blackmail

By Walter Block

Professor Walter Block’s new book, Legalize Blackmail, collects a lifetime of his scholarly articles about blackmail in which he examines the legal and economic underpinnings of blackmail, traces its historical roots, and presents a libertarian framework for thinking about blackmail and its place in the law. Along the way, he confronts the theories of blackmail put forward by many other distinguished scholars, including Richard Pos­ner, Robert Noz­ick, and Richard Epstein.

Defending the Undefendable

Defending the Undefendable

By Walter Block

Among the most famous of the great defenses of victimless crimes.

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