The following email exchange took place between Professor Walter Block and Fred McMahon, the
Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research at The Fraser Institute (With a cc: to Dr. Micahel Walker).
From: Fred McMahon
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2015 8:51 PM
Subject: a birthday to celebrate
The economic freedom network would not exist without its founder, Michael Walker, who initiated the economic freedom project and involved Milton and Rose Friedman to lead the work with him.
So it is appropriate to honour Mike Walker on his 70th birthday. A celebration was held at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, which I was unable to attend due to travel, tellingly, for economic freedom work.
However, I wanted to share this moment with you.
Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research
The Fraser Institute
401 -- 1491 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4T 1Z4
From: Walter Block <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I “initiated the economic freedom project,” not Mike Walker. I suggested it to him, my boss at the time, and he, typically, continually tries to take credit for it.
Note that the first book in this series contains my name as co author, not his:
Gwartney, James, Robert W. Lawson and Walter E. Block. 1996. Economic Freedom of the World, 1975-1995; Vancouver, B.C. Canada: the Fraser Institute (308 pages); http://amzn.to/1H0fLdD; http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/pdf/catalogue.pdf; isbn: 0-88975-157-9; http://www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/7094.aspx
CC; To Dr. Walker from Walter Block
Dear Dr. Walker:
Have you no shame?
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