Saturday, October 24, 2015

Walter E. Block vs. Michael Walker: Who Really Came Up with the Idea of the Freedom Project?

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

Hi all,

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.


Fred McMahon
Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research
The Fraser Institute
401 -- 1491 Yonge St.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4T 1Z4


From: Walter Block <> wrote:

Dear Fred:

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);;; isbn: 0-88975-157-9;
CC; To Dr. Walker from Walter Block

Dear Dr. Walker:

Have you no shame?

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

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