Tuesday, November 24, 2020

"I’m Thinking of Deleting Columbia University as the Source of My PhD From My Curriculum Vitae."

In light of the news that a Columbia University faculty member has called for an end to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, calling the tree emblematic of an  “absolutely toxic relationship" with nature.

Dr. Walter Block has issued the following open letter to Columbia University:

The faculty comes out against the Rockefeller Christmas tree on ecological grounds? Give me a break. Maybe trees have rights? Who knew?


Hey, I hold a Ph.D. in economics (1972). This craziness depreciates the value of that degree of mine. I worked hard for it. It is bad enough that socialist Prof. Stiglitz is now on the Columbia faculty, pushing for every economically illiterate nostrum he can think of, and, credit where credit is due, he has the imagination to think up quite a few of them. But now to learn that this intellectual virus has spread to a bunch of tree huggers? I’m thinking of deleting the source of my phd from my curriculum vitae.


Best regards,




Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics      

Loyola University New Orleans

6363 St. Charles Avenue, Box 15, Miller Hall 318                                       

New Orleans, LA 70118  


  1. It seems like some people come up with the craziest ideas they can think of and start pushing them, then begin to twist themselves into pretzels to justify their positions. I sometimes try to guess what's next and the worst thing I can think of is normalization of pedophilia, which you could argue is already underway. Would anyone care to share their thoughts on what the next craziest thing will be?

    1. Child sacrifice. What do you think the laws allowing abortion up until (and after) the baby is born?

  2. Thsi what we do here in Canada each Chrsitmas - a tree for Boston:https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/tree-for-boston-says-final-farewells-to-n-s-as-it-prepares-for-long-journey-1.5191247#:~:text=That's%20what%20the%20Tree%20for,injured%209%2C000%20more%20in%201917.
    It appears Mr. Stiglitz lives in a world of confusion in the cosmic ether and is this year's Grinch.

  3. I’m thinking Columbia won’t mind.