Hi Dr. Block,
You recently came to a Yale Political Union debate and spoke about open borders. I enjoyed that very much and wanted to thank you for coming. Hopefully the campus will get to see more libertarians in the future. I was the student who gave the last student-speech in favor of open borders that you said you liked. We met briefly in person.
I plan on applying to Mises University 2016 so hopefully we can meet again there.
I was thinking about evictionism and had some thoughts I wanted to share with you. When someone voluntarily engages in sexual acts, could that be considered an implicit agreement that in the event of pregnancy the mother will take care of the child?
Regarding negative homesteading, when someone is involuntarily impregnated, could that be viewed as negative homesteading misery? You have given the example of negative homesteading a lightning strike and not being allowed to deflect it if it will hit someone else. Can pregnancy be seen this way? The mother would be negative homesteading the burden and because she cannot relieve herself of it without harming an innocent, she is obliged to suffer the burden.
P.S. I really liked your appearance on the Tom Woods Show discussing "Water Capitalism"
Thanks for your kind words. What are your plans after graduating from Yale? Yes, it’ll be great to see you at the MU.
Nice try on both objections. I think I answer that implicit act objection in my pubs on evictionism, see below.
As for negative homesteading, if lightening hits you, you may not pawn it off onto another innocent person. But, if you’re raped, and you evict, I fail to see how you are transferring the misery to any innocent person.
For libertarian publications on evictionism, see Block, 1977, 1978, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010A, 2011A, 2012, 2013A, 2014A, 2014B; Block and Whitehead, 2005; Dyke and Block, 2011. For critiques of these by libertarian, see, Akers, 2012A, 2012B, Davies, 2012; Parr, 2011; Presley and Cooke, 1979; Shaffer, 2012; Wisniewski, 2010A, 2010B, 2011, 2013. For rejoinders to these critiques see Block, 2010B, 2010C, 2011B, 2011C, 2011D, 2013B, 2014C, 2014D, 2015
Akers, Becky. 2012A. “Not My Definition — or Webster's Either — of 'Trespassing'” ; http://www.lewrockwell.com/
Akers, Becky. 2012B. “What if the 'Fetus' Could Shoot Back?” ; http://www.lewrockwell.com/
Block, Walter E. 1977. “Toward a Libertarian Theory of Abortion.” The Libertarian Forum. Vol. 10, No. 9, September, pp. 6-8;http://www.mises.org/journals/
Block, Walter E. 1978. “Abortion, Woman and Fetus: Rights in Conflict?”Reason, Vol. 9, No. 12, April, pp. 18-25.
Block, Walter E. 2001. “Stem Cell Research: The Libertarian Compromise.”http://www.lewrockwell.com/
Block, Walter E. 2004. “Libertarianism, Positive Obligations and Property Abandonment: Children’s Rights,” International Journal of Social Economics; Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 275-286; http://www.emeraldinsight.com/
Insight/viewContainer.do? containerType=Issue& containerId=18709;http://www.walterblock.com/wp- content/uploads/publications/ block-children.pdf
Block, Walter E. 2008. “Homesteading, ad coelum, owning views and forestalling.” The Social Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 96-103;http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/
Block, Walter E. 2010A. “A libertarian perspective on the stem cell debate: compromising the uncompromisible,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Vol. 35: 429-448;
ref; http://jmp.oxfordjournals.org/ cgi/reprint/jhq033?ijkey= oczT7ytzmoAD1cz&keytype=ref ; http://wipimd.com/?&sttflpg= 78eaf87fd81ebaaa7a245cca600b15 bba8497c2cfbf1284c08a0260ba068 d4ad&cmpgp0811Ueh016= ICD20811TEH0PkRLpL1IF; http://wipimd.com/?&sttflpg= 4b842f7f4697bce38422e0bfe03e6c cad53070377a9303d5#JAL1
Block, Walter E. 2010B. “Objections to the Libertarian Stem Cell Compromise,”Libertarian Papers 2, 34; http://libertarianpapers.org/
2010/34-block-objections-to- the-libertarian-stem-cell- compromise/
Block, Walter E. 2010C. “Rejoinder to Wisniewski on Abortion.” Libertarian Papers; Vol. 32, No. 2; http://libertarianpapers.org/
2010/32-block-rejoinder-to- wisniewski-on-abortion/; http://libertarianpapers.org/ articles/2010/lp-2-32.pdf
Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Terri Schiavo: A Libertarian Analysis” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 527–536; http://mises.org/journals/jls/
22_1/22_1_26.pdf; http://libertycrier.com/ walter-block-terri-schiavo/? utm_source=feedburner&utm_ medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed% 3A+LibertyCrier+%28Liberty+ Crier%29
Block, Walter E. 2011B. “Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Two.”Libertarian Papers; Vol. 3, Article No. 4; http://libertarianpapers.org/
2011/4-block-response-to- wisniewski-on-abortion-round- two/
Block, Walter E. 2011C. “Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Three.”Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, Art. 37; http://libertarianpapers.org/
Block, Walter E. 2011D. “Evictionism is libertarian; departurism is not: critical comment on Parr.” Vol. 3, Article 36, Libertarian Papers;
2011/36-evictionism-is- libertarian-departurism-is- not-critical-comment-on-parr/
Block, Walter E. 2012. “A Not So Funny Thing Happened to Me in Tampa.”http://lewrockwell.com/block/
ref; http://jmp.oxfordjournals.org/ cgi/reprint/jhq033?ijkey= oczT7ytzmoAD1cz&keytype=ref
Block, Walter E. 2013A. “Toward a libertarian theory of evictionism,” Journal of Family and Economic Issues. June; http://link.springer.com/
Block, Walter E. 2013B. “Rejoinder to Parr on Evictionism and Departurism”Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom, Vol. 2, pp. 125-138;http://jppfaustralia.weebly.
com/current-issue.html; http://jppfaustralia.weebly. com/uploads/1/4/5/5/14558572/ journalpeaceprosperityfreedom_ single.pdf
Block, Walter E. 2014A. “Should abortion be criminalized? Rejoinder to Akers, Davies and Shaffer on Abortion” Management Education Science Technology (MEST) Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1, January, pp. 33-44; http://fbim.meste.org/FBIM_1_
2014/Sadrzaj_eng.html; http://fbim.meste.org/FBIM_1_ 2014/_04.pdf
Block, Walter E. 2014B. “Evictionism and Libertarianism.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 290-294; http://jmp.oxfordjournals.org/
content/early/2014/04/27/jmp. jhu012.full?keytype=ref&ijkey= 3n1zc8zcBRnT586;
Block, Walter E. 2014C. “Should abortion be criminalized? Rejoinder to Akers, Davies and Shaffer on Abortion” Management Education Science Technology (MEST) Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1, January, pp. 33-44; http://fbim.meste.org/FBIM_1_
2014/Sadrzaj_eng.html; http://fbim.meste.org/FBIM_1_ 2014/_04.pdf
Block, Walter E. 2014D. “Response to Wisniewski on Abortion, Round Four.”Management Education Science Technology Journal (MEST);http://mest.meste.org/MEST_
Block, Walter E. 2015. “Question and response on rape and evictionism theory.” ;
Block, Walter E. and Roy Whitehead. 2005. “Compromising the Uncompromisable: A Private Property Rights Approach to Resolving the Abortion Controversy,” Appalachian Law Review, 4 (2) 1-45;http://www.walterblock.com/
publications/block-whitehead_ abortion-2005.pdf;http://www.walterblock.com/wp- content/uploads/publications/ block-whitehead_abortion-2005. pdf; https://www.researchgate.net/ publication/228125532_ Compromising_the_ Uncompromisable_A_Private_ Property_Rights_Approach_to_ Resolving_the_Abortion_ Controversy?ev=prf_pub
Davies, Jim. 2012. “Abortion.” ;
Dyke, Jeremiah and Walter E. Block. 2011. “Explorations in Property Rights: Conjoined Twins.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, Art. 38;http://libertarianpapers.org/
Parr, Sean. 2011. “Departurism and the Libertarian Axiom of Gentleness.”Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, No. 34, http://libertarianpapers.org/
Presley, Sharon and Robert Cooke (aka Morgan Edwards). 1979. “The right to abortion: a libertarian defense.” Association of libertarian feminists discussion paper.
Shaffer, Butler. 2012. “Of Children and Fetuses” ;
Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2010A. “A Critique of Block on Abortion and Child Abandonment.” Libertarian Papers Vol. 2, No. 16; http://libertarianpapers.org/
Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2010B. “Rejoinder to Block’s Defense of Evictionism.” Libertarian Papers. Vol. 2, Art No. 27; http://libertarianpapers.org/
Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2011. “Response to Block on Abortion, Round Three.”
2011/6-winiewski-response-to- block-on-abortion-round-three/ ; http://libertarianpapers.org/ articles/2011/lp-3-6.pdf
Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar. 2013. “Abortion, Libertarianism and Evictionism: A Last Word.” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 153-162;http://libertarianpapers.org/
2013/6-wisniewski-abortion- libertarianism-and- evictionism/
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