Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Irresponsible, Ad Hominem Slinging Bitch Robert Wenzel

The following email exchange recently took place and is pretty much self-explanatory. I believe "Newbie" is referring to this post: An "I No Longer Support Donald Trump" Template For Walter Block

To: Walter Block
Subject: THAT DOES IT!!

Dear Dr. Block... (no reply needed). I've just read Wenzel's latest post on Target Liberty directed at you, personally, and I've HAD IT!

I believe it is one thing to have a reasoned debate about an issue, but to become an irresponsible, ad hominem slinging Bitch, as Wenzel is doing, is simply over the top.
I will bet good money that his readership has thinned ....

With best wishes, from the "Newbie"


Dear Newbie:

I regard Bob Wenzel as one of my dearest friends, and strongest supporters. I urge you to reconsider your assessment of the debates he and I have had, and, hopefully, will long continue to have. Bob and I agree on, oh, 99% of all issues in (Austrian) economics and libertarian theory. We both find that elusive 1% to be of great mutual interest. All of our disagreements, both in writing and in speaking, are undertaken with the greatest respect for each other. Neither of us ever resorts to name calling, attempting to undermine the other, ad hominems, etc.  Can't friends who disagree with each other explore their differences? That we do this publicly, on his two blogs, shouldn't change anything in this regard. Hey, we are not a Randian cult. Neither of us dismisses the other from the Austro-libertarian movement over our few disagreements. And, further, he is one of the brightest people in our movement. When I "get it on" with him, I realize I'm debating one of the keenest minds not only in our movement, but on the entire planet.  I hope and trust you don't mind I copy him on this, and I hope he publishes this, along with a response. I'm sure this issue will be in the 99% category on which we enthusiastically agree with one another. As for "thinning the readership" I hope and trust the very opposite is the case. His blogs are amongst my very favorites, and I expect that people in our movement like to see some disagreement between people like Bob and me, upon occasion.

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. I think "Newbie" needs to learn what "Ad Hominem" means, the stupid jerko. :) haha

  2. Robert, that is a fantastic clickbait post title - nice! Also, that "template" was a bit condescending towards Dr. Block, but you know him best and seem to be on friendly terms anyway. Mr. Newbie can relax a bit.

  3. At least he spells "hominem" correctly.