Dr. Block, in the end, took Prof. Armentano's position in the debate.
Although I think you, Bob, make excellent points, I side with Dom on this one. Perhaps this is due to the fact that both he and I are, were, college professors and you were not. This is NOT an ad hominem argument. Rather, it is due to the fact, perhaps, the Dom and I have had our noses pushed into political correctness to a far greater degree than your nose has been pushed in this direction. If there’s one thing you’ve gotta admit, Bob, Hillary is PC personified, and Donald, bless him on at least this one issue, is the very opposite.I can sympathize with Dr. Block's view. I must emphasize once again, though, that the most significant problem I see with Trump is that he is pushing the youth away from free-market thinking and toward socialism.
I hasten to point out that Murray Rothbard in his unpublished paper on strategy even dedicated specific suggestions in terms of methods to attract youth to libertarianism. Attracting the youth is extremely important.
Thus, I find Dr. Block's position curious as to how he sees the crude non-political correctness of Trump as a strategic edge via Hillary. As Dr. Block seems to suggest, Trump is pretty bad on most issues beyond his rejection of political correctness. Sure we can enjoy his comments that send the politically correct crowd into shock but his style is decidedly not helping us convert students in the direction away from political correctness.
I must ask Dr. Block this:
How exactly do you see the benefit of Trump's crude non-political correctness going on campus when now in the Age of Trump students have taken to politically correct boycotts of your classes and any other events you are a part of?
For sure, things might not be better on campus with Hillary on the throne but I don't think any of us would be looking for microscopic positions to justify Hillary's presidency. We would all be in attack mode. This is another major problem I see with Trump. He is sucking up the energy out of libertarians, as many look to find ways to justify his horrific reign.
It is truly sad that in this Age of Trump students are boycotting Dr. Block, who is truly one of liberty's most important communicators and thinkers. Just take a look. It is a loss for all of us in the liberty movement when he is boycotted. But maybe a more aggressive vociferous move away from Trump by Dr. Block on the points where Trump is wrong might help.
Perhaps, it is time for Dr. Block to adopt a jiyu kumite position.
So in addition to the above question, I have a suggestion for Dr. Block. He should deliver a lecture open to all Loyola students, titled: "Why Trump is an Ass".
See if the kids boycott that one.