Friday, August 28, 2015

Walter Block Calls for a Bernie Sanders-Michelle Obama Ticket

Dr. Walter Block has sent the following email to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:

Dear Bernie:

In order to get the Democratic nomination, I think you have to do three things. 1. Get the black community behind you. 2. Head off Barack Obama’s possible support for a Joe Biden – Elizabeth Warren ticket. 3. Promote your candidacy amongst women, so as to take a bit of the wind out of Hillary’s sails. You can do all three of these things with my single suggestion: invite Michelle Obama to be on your ticket as your vice president. So what that she’s never held elected office. Trump hasn‘t either, and he’s doing pretty well on the polls, at least so far. Surely, your views and Michelle’s are pretty similar, close enough for there to be no real tension between the two of you.

Why am I giving you what I regard as excellent advice, even though, as a libertarian, I oppose practically everything you stand for? 1. I’m sentimental. We went to high school together, and both ran for the Madison track team; we also overlapped at Brooklyn College during our freshman years. 2. A matter of principle. I regard you as the least war-mongering of the possible Democratic candidates. I regard you, out of them all, as closest to Ron Paul’s foreign policy of non interventionism and anti imperialism. On economics, and personal liberties, I entirely disagree with you, but regard you as no worse than any of the other viable Democratic candidates.  So, I want to promote the best Democratic candidate, and that is you.

By the way, I supported Barack Obama versus John McCain in 2008 entirely because of foreign policy.

Best regards,


Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business                
Loyola University New Orleans


  1. Block has said that he supported Obama for president because he considered Obama the less of a warmonger than McCain. Supporting murderers violates the NAP. Block: get the heck out of politics and use your time more wisely.

    1. Obama did sign a deal with Iran, McCain very likely would have gone to war with them. Everything else is small potatoes in comparison. Block was right.

    2. Preferring a reluctant murderer to an eager murderer makes perfect sense.

  2. I love Block but sometimes I wonder what the hell is he thinking at times.

  3. Hmmm....what about this, Walter:

  4. Walter Block's politics have now officially jumped the shark.

  5. Haha. Humorous, witty, . . . and wise.