Monday, April 20, 2020

Walter Block: Objectivism is a Cult

A Walter Block email exchange:

From: HeartLess SoyBoy <>
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2020 12:04 PM
To: Walter Block <>
Hello, Walter. Yaron Brook did a video about 4 weeks viciously attacking Ron Paul calling him “anti-American” and an “anti-Semite”. He also attacked Rothbard, Hoppe and David Friedman in the video. He called them “collectivists” and “statists”. I wanted to hear your thoughts on this. Here’s the video.
From: Walter Block <>
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2020 1:58 PM
To: ‘HeartLess SoyBoy’ <>
Subject: RE:
Dear HLSB:
My thoughts: Why didn’t he include me in this list of “collectivists” and “statists”? I’m highly insulted and indignant. I guess I’ll have to work harder to be worthy of this man’s wrath.
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Randroids. It was Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden who converted me to limited government libertarianism, from my previous position as a Bernie Sanders type pinko. But, this soft spot only goes so far. Objectivism is a cult, and Yaron Brook is a worthy cult member. Namely, he’s not open to reasoned argument, despite the Randians advocacy of reason.
Best regards,
(via LRC)

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