Monday, July 25, 2016

On the Question of Disbanding 'Libertarians for Trump'

The following email exchange took place between Dr. Michael Edelstein and Dr. Walter Block.

From: Michael Edelstein []
Sent: Sun 7/24/2016 9:59 AM
To: Walter Block
Cc: Bob Wenzel
Subject: Libertarians For Trump


You said in an interview with Mike Shanklin<> "Once he gets the Republican nomination LFT disbands." (20:20)

Have you disbanded LFT?

Warm regards, Michael

Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
415-673-2848 (24/7)
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from; Walter Block <>
to: Michael Edelstein <>
cc: Bob Wenzel <>
date: Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 9:28 PM

subject: RE: Libertarians For Trump

lft has not disbanded. it is the creation of almost a half dozen of us.

here are my present views on this:

Block, Walter E. 2016. “Hillary, Bernie, Donald, Gary: A Libertarian Perspective.” June 4;

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. It shouldn't exist in the first place. El Trumpo is not only not a libertarian, his views are antithetical to libertarianism, economics and even basic moral principles.

    We all know Hill-Rod is horrible but that doesn't turn another horrible person into a libertarian by comparison.

    1. In the column linked, Block says this about Trump: "He is execrable on free trade and does not seem to understand economics. He seems ambivalent about the minimum wage and supports such socialist nostrums as welfare and Social Security."

      Block's point is that, on foreign policy issues, Trump is the closest to libertarian of any of the major candidates. Elsewhere, Block has said (rough paraphrase from memory) that voting for a master who beats you once a day over a master who beats you three times a day is not the same as endorsing slavery, but rather is common sense.

      Personal disclaimer: I do not endorse anybody voting for anyone, as I believe it tends to place a patina of legitimacy on a process which is inherently illegitimate (running other people's lives based on majority vote).

  2. He made the same pledge in his debate with you hosted by Tom Woods at the 4:00 mark.

    So much for pledges made by Trumpsters.

  3. If you haven't figured out what role Professor Block plays in all of this by now, I'm afraid you never will.

    1. And apparently you're not gonna tell us...cryptic.