Monday, December 9, 2013

Anti-Reason (T)Reason

Walter Block emails:
Dear  Bob:

I don’t really mind that Reason takes anti libertarian positions. They are, after all, pretty damn good for a non libertarian periodical! Often, they do indeed take positions compatible with libertarianism. But, what really burns me up is that they make the claim they are libertarians. As such, they are only diluting libertarianism.

Can you add to this list:

anti Reason (T)Reason

Block, Walter. 2013. “The Reason Foundation: A Disgrace”September 22;

Block, Walter E. 2011. “Those Beltway ‘libertarians’: Response to Alexander McCobin.” November 2 (critique of Reason, Poole)

Block, Walter E. 2011. “Reason Foundation Is Not libertarian; for Shame.” October 9;

Wenzel, Robert. 2013. “Reason Magazine Sucks!” December 8;

And on basic income:

I think that some redistribution can be justified on libertarian grounds (but I strongly disagree with Zwolinski):

Alston and Block, 2007; Block, 1993, 2001, 2002; Block and Yeatts, 1999-2000

Alston, Wilton D. and Walter E. Block. 2007. “Reparations, Once Again.” Human Rights Review, Vol. 9, No. 3, September, pp. 379-392;

Block, Walter E. 1993. “Malcolm X,” Fraser Forum, January, pp. 18-19;

Block, Walter E. 2001. “The Moral Dimensions of Poverty, Entitlements and Theft,” The Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 83-93;

Block, Walter E. 2002.  “On Reparations to Blacks for Slavery,”Human Rights Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, July-September, pp. 53-73;

Block, Walter E. and Guillermo Yeatts. 1999-2000. “The Economics and Ethics of Land Reform: A Critique of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s ‘Toward a Better Distribution of Land: The Challenge of Agrarian Reform,’” Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 37-69;


  1. To be a libertarian you must oppose laws which allow investors to incorporate and limit their personal liability. Incorporation is a public subsidy which distorts the market.

    You also have to oppose patents which are a govt granted monopoly. Let the market reward the person who makes use of the idea in the market.

    Anyone who does not oppose patents and limiting investor's personal liability is not a libertarian.

    Reason has a wonderful article on Gary North called "invitation to a Stoning." It's mandatory reading for everyone in the liberty movement.

  2. "I think that some redistribution can be justified"

    If by this he means government redistribution, then it obviously cannot be justified. I hope you clarify.