Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Update on Tonight's Walter Block Speech at Brooklyn College

Walter emails:
Dear People:
My previous announcement of my talk tonight (Tuesday, 11/3/15) at Brooklyn College had several errors. I said my lecture would start at 6pm; the actual time is 6:30pm (although the doors open at 6pm.) I said admission was free and open to the public; that is true. But I forgot to mention that an rsvp was also required. So, please send your rsvp to my host, Prof. Mitchell Langbert (mlangbert@hvc.rr.com), by 4pm this afternoon, otherwise you will not be allowed to attend.  I will be speaking at the Gold Room at the Student Union Building on “Economic regulation: a disaster” and will also discuss my books Defending the Undefendable I and II. I hope to see you tonight. 
But, hey, if you can’t attend this talk tonight, do not despair. I’ll be back in the NYC area early next year, speaking at Princeton (details to follow)My talk last night at Yale was interesting. The q&a session was a blast.  I’ll be posting the url for that event on this blog.

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. It reminded me of clips I've seen of British Parliament. People freely reacting to Block by hissing, stomping feet and slamming desks. I found it pretty annoying and disrespectful, especially when students would scoff/laugh at many of his comments.

  2. It sounds like the Yale talk was a lot more tense than the Brooklyn College talk. Mitchell Langbert's students made up much of the audience and were very respectful and appeared supportive even.

    RW, you may be interested in a note about the BC talk: The security was tight at BC, apparently because of some violent incident in the past. There were 5 or 6 public safety officers at the door of the student center checking bags, and they refused to let anyone in who hadn't RSVPed. So anyone who didn't see your post in time and didn't RSVP before yesterday were held at the door - luckily it all worked out in the end. Upon hearing what happened, Walter Block was kind enough to invite the 10 or so of us who had trouble to dinner after the talk!