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Walter Block is the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at Loyola University, senior fellow of the Mises Institute, and regular columnist for LewRockwell.com. Send him mail.

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Windows Media Video (.wmv) Labor Unions and the Minimum Wage: A Debate

A debate between Dr. Walter Block and Dr. Boyd Blundell at the Loyola Economics Club; Loyola University, New Orleans; 2007 [1:17:09]

Walter Block Monday, July 09, 2007
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Crime and Drugs

Professor Block is interviewed on a special television report on Channel 6, WDSU; New Orleans, Louisiana [13:53]

Walter Block Friday, February 09, 2007
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Banning the Ivory Trade

Includes an interview with Walter Block, from the television program "The Journal" [10:43]

Walter Block Monday, December 11, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) The Role of Freedom in Economic Well Being: A Look at Evidence

Recorded at San Jose State University; September 25, 2003 [56:54]

Walter Block Monday, December 11, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Rights and Income Security

James Rice (McMaster Univeristy) and Walter Block (Fraser Institute) discuss Rights and Income Security. Recorded at the University of Victoria Public Forum; October 1988 [1:58:10]

Walter Block Thursday, November 30, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Environmentalism and Privatization

As intereviewed on CBC's CKVU and on "WestCoast"; December 5, 1989 [9:20]

Walter Block Thursday, November 30, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) The Case for Free Trade, Not Imperialism

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) What, If Any, Social Services Should the Public Sector Provide?

A debate between Dr. Glenn Drover of the UBC School of Social Work and Dr. Walter Block of the Fraser Institute; September 24, 1988 [1:56:54]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Free Trade

Recorded in March, 1995. [1:16:48]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) The Economics and Ethics of Discrimination

Presented at the Smith Center, California State University-Hayward; March 3, 1995 [59:03]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Business Ethics and the Environment

Presented at "The Economy and the Environment" seminar, hosted by the University of Tennesseee-Chattanooga; April 2, 1991.

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Free Market Environmentalism Is Not An Oxymoron

Presented at the Grove City College seminar "Free Markets and the Environment"; March 19, 2001 [27:09]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Environmental Problems: Free Market Solutions

Presented at the "Challenges and Choices for a Better World: Energy, Economics, and the Environment" conference, New Orleans, Louisiana; September 4-8, 1991 [48:16]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Ecology and Economics

Presented to the Freedom Party of Ontario; October 29, 1989 [1:18:29]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Environmental Problems, Libertarian Solutions

Recorded at the 1990 ISIL World Libertarian Convention [54:48]

Walter Block Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Walter Block, Guest Appearance on "Our Story"

Walter Block Thursday, November 09, 2006
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) War, Peace, and Statism

The Gregory T. Morin Lecture, presented at the 2012 Mises Institute Supporters Summit. Recorded at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, on 26 October 2012.

Walter Block Thursday, January 30, 2014
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) The Case for Privatization—of Everything

Recorded at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 25 July 2013.

Walter Block Thursday, July 25, 2013
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Economics and Property Rights: Alternative Approaches

Recorded at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 24 July 2013.

Walter Block Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) An Austrian Critique of Mainstream Economics

Recorded at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 23 July 2013.

Walter Block Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Fractional Reserve Banking

Presented at the Mises Circle in Manhattan, hosted by the Ludwig von Mises Institute and sponsored by the Story Garschina Charitable Fund, and Anonymous Donor. Recorded on Friday, 14 September 2012, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Walter Block Thursday, October 25, 2012
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Resolved: It is Smart to Get a PhD in Economics

A debate between Gary North and Walter Block. Recorded 26 July 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. Moderated by Peter G. Klein. [1:00:55]

Walter Block Gary North Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Ayn Rand: The Greatest Novelist of All Time

Session on Literature and Liberty. Recorded 10 March 2012 at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. [15:10]

Walter Block Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) New Paths in Austrian Macroeconomics

Session on Austrian Perspectives on Theory and Method. Recorded 10 March 2012 at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. [14:54]

William Barnett II Walter Block Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Walter Block, Second Guest Appearance on "Our Story"

Originally aired on NOA-TV, New Orleans, Lousiana; February 28, 2007. This is Professor Block's second appearance on "Our Story."

Walter Block Monday, February 19, 2007
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Walter Block, Second Guest Appearance on "Our Story"

Originally aired on NOA-TV, New Orleans, Lousiana; February 28, 2007. This is Professor Block's second appearance on "Our Story."

Walter Block Monday, February 19, 2007
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Rothbard, Mises, Rand, and Me

Includes an introduction by Douglas E. French and the awarding of the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Liberty. Recorded on 5 November 2011. [37:23]

Walter Block Monday, November 07, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Zoning and the Free Market

Presented at the School of Law, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 29 January 1981. [1:30:56]

Walter Block Friday, October 07, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Libertarianism

Presented at Baruch College (Manhattan, New York) on 8 May 1972. [42:10]

Walter Block Friday, October 07, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) The Fallacies of Public Finance

Recorded 27 July 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. [59:15]

Walter Block Thursday, July 28, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Labor, Unemployment, and Interventionism

Recorded 26 July 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. Includes an introduction by Mark Thornton. [58:41]

Walter Block Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Defending the Advertiser

The audio version of the Mises Daily article for June 1, 2011. [26:55]

Walter Block Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Why Minimum Wage is Keeping You from Getting a Job

High School Seminar in Chicago 8 April 2011. Sponsored by Jeremy Davis. [30:41]

Walter Block Thursday, April 14, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Defending the Undefendable

Professor Block's book is in a new edition from the Mises Institute, completely reset and beautifully laid out in an edition worthy of its contents.

It is among the most famous of the great defenses of victimless crimes and controversial economic practices, from profiteering and gouging to bribery and blackmail. However, beneath the surface, this book is also an outstanding work of microeconomic theory that explains the workings of economic forces in everyday events and affairs.

Murray Rothbard explains why:

"Defending the Undefendable performs the service of highlighting, the fullest and starkest terms, the essential nature of the productive services performed by all people in the free market. By taking the most extreme examples and showing how the Smithian principles work even in these cases, the book does far more to demonstrate the workability and morality of the free market than a dozen sober tomes on more respectable industries and activities. By testing and proving the extreme cases, he all the more illustrates and vindicates the theory."

F.A. Hayek agreed, writing the author as follows: "Looking through Defending the Undefendable made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than fifty years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. … Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it will still do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and showing the falsity of these stereotypes you are doing a real services, although you will not make yourself more popular with the majority."

SUPPORTERS
"Looking through 'Defending the Undefendable' made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than 50 years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. Even now I am occasionally at first incredulous and feel that "this is going too far," but usually find in the end that Block is right. Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it wills till do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and in showing the falsitty of these stereotypes Block is doing a real servic, although he will not make himself more popular with the majority."
--FA Hayek

"Judging from the outraged responses in many libertarian quarters, many of 'our people' are not ready for this exciting and shocking adventure. Since libertarians are, or are supposed to be on the forefront of thought, since their whole lives have been an intellectual adventure in many ways, the hostility becomes even more mysterious."
--Murray N. Rothbard

"There are things that I strongly agree with and things that I strongly disagree with, but the book thoughout is amusingly and sharply reasoned, couragous and always provocative."
--Henry Hazlitt

"Many years ago Hazlitt's little masterpiece, Economics in One Lesson, demonstrated how, in order to measure the consequences of economic activies, one must look beyond their immediately obvious effects to thir secondary effects.  Here Professor Block sets out highly specific, and sometimes shocking examples of Hazlitt's thesis.  By concentrating on the positive economic contributions of extreme cases, he forces the reader's consideration and greater appreciation of these principles."
--Robert D. Kephart

"It is a magnificent book, a trailblazer.  I would call it ;Drano for Clogged Minds,' except that Drano is neither amusing nor stimulating, and this book is both.  I suggest buying two copies: one for yourself and one for the person you want most to catch up with you."
--Roger Lea MacBride

"...More than almost any current book, DTU will wake the reader from his dogmatic slumbers.  It is eminently readable, challenging, and provocative."
--John Hospers

"Startling and illuminating! Block's lucid defenses often convince: sometimes they lead us to sharpen our attack.  In either case, the reader cannot fail to be instructed and challenged by this mind-stretching, provocative, and occasionally infuriating book."
--Robert Nozick

"What the critics have missed is that a book of libertarianism, not Objectivism, not Christianity, DTU used the most effective method for illustrating and teaching moral principles.  Shock your friends and educate them."
--Don Ernsberger, S.I.L.

"This witty and wonderful book is a veritable manual of the 'joy of freedom.' IUf we were only half as interested in liberty as in lust, we would not have half the problems we have."
--Dr. Thomas S. Szasz

"The most entertaining and one of the most instructive economics books I've ever read.  Block's unique style helps you see what's going on around you quickly and clearly.  The book is terrific.  Taking the most extreme examples possible and clarifying them will do more to bend the reader's economic thinking than a slow steady course in good economics."
--Harry Browne

"We can congratulate Dr. Block for some iconoclastic and courageous interpretations."
--Albert Ellis (psychologist)

"After reading Block's book, we recognize the pimp as an honest broker and the uncorrupted cop as the Nuremberg defendant who always followed orders.  We are reminded that strip mining of coal allows miners to escape black-lung disease and cave-ins... Block gives the reader succinct yet penetrating criticisms of the Federal Reserve System, and the Keynesian paradox of savings.  His chapter on charity is the best modern defense of social Darwinism that I have ever read."
--Williamson Evers

"It is a brilliant, relentlessly argued book, pushing the libertarian case to its extreme limits...take seriously Ayn Rand;s dictum that one should be willing to defend the least attractive instance of a principle, and has done precisely that."
--Roy Childs (Editor: Libertarian Review)

"Shatters, one by one, each of our liberal steroetypes.  It's a pleasure to read and a treasure trove of ammunition for the defender of the free market."
--Tom G. Palmer (The New Gaurd)

"toleration of unpopular religious and cultural groups has always been one of the chief tenets of classical liberalism...Block carries this libertarian principle to its logical and radical conclusion: toleration of all non-aggressive pursuits."
--Lawrence White (Harvard Political Review)

"A remarkable book.  I found myself agreeing with Block for most of the time, and his argument is often ingenious.  Spend a pleasant evening reading aloud some of his chapters (they are really quite short)."
--Henry Meulen (The Individualist)

DETRACTORS
"There can be no question of my writing a testimonial on behalf of this book."
--Nathaniel Branden

"Defending the Undefendable-A doomed attempt, one would say.  Like thinking the unthinable, uttering the unutterable, or calculating the incalculable.  As the philosopher remarked, wherefor one cannot speak, thereabout one had better keep quiet.
     This assemblage of defences cannot (can it?) be facetious since it is ushered in by the author;s pious reference to a 'passion fro justice...
     Rather non persuasive are the cases made out for the Dishonest Cop, the Speculator in food, the Non-Contributor to Charity, the Stripminer, the Drug Pusher, the Denier of Academic Freedom, and the Person who yells 'fire' in a crowded theatre.  A passion for justice ought to inspire one to greater efforts."
--D.J. Enright (London Times Literary Supplement)

"...A positive menace to the libertarian movement.  His smart-alecky, sensationalist style, the silly and false social and psychological assumptions he uses to back up some otherwise (mostly) valid political and economic points, the frivolous and insensitive attitudes he displays toward serious human problems all serve to confuse and distract from the valid points.  Most people will be difficult to convince on rational political grounds without obscuring the issue with other half-baked, offensive, and unnecessary arguments.  The book will be offensive to people not just because his general attitude will be interpreted as callous, asinine, and an affront to human dignity.  It will surely reinforce the worst stereotypes people have about capitalists."
--Sharon Presley (Laissez Faire Books)

"..The wrong book at the wrong time...An absolutely mad way of introducing someone to libertarianism...I am convinced that it is probably a short run strategic disaster.  One needs not only a steel will based on solid libertarian premises to accept Professor Block's message, but one needs a cast iron stomach as well.  Those whom he defends are often, if not usually, the dregs of society: we could even say the very scum of the earth."
--Walter Grinder (Libertarian Review)

"DTU is a work of unrealized potential.  The editing is sloppy.  And the quality of the writing varies from chapter to chapter.  Many good arguments, and indeed the book itself, founder over a simple misconception: Block is misusing the word her...He is not consistently attentive to detail, nor is he very ambitious in enriching his rich thesis with examples and anecdotes.  If he had attended better to the art of writing and spared us the silly insistence of making all of society's rogues into heroes, thes his very important thesis might well have become a very important book."
--Jamaes D. Davidson (Libertarian Review)

"Not only does he defend prostitutes, pimps, counterfeiters, ticket scalpers, slumlords, blackmailers, libelors, stripminers, letterers, and scabs (among others), he actually has the temerity to call them heroes!  Block even has the gall to challenge the most enduring shiboleth of higher education, academic freedom."
--Dan C. Heldman (Universitas)

"The polarization of opinions on Block's book should not be surprising.  It is reflection of the book's schizophrenic nature-a bizarre combination of both excellent and horrible elements.  Apparently the endorsers chose to consider only the Dr. Jeckyll side of DTU and either ignored or failed to take seriously Mr. Hyde."
--Sharon Presley (Reason)

"Political and economic defense of the voluntary activities of society's 'scapegoats' -pimps, slumlords, moneylenders, etc.  Done in a sensationalistic style, much of the reasoning is questionable and unnecessarily offensive.  Not a good introduction to libertarianism."
--Laissez Faire Books Catalogue

"Block defends some of the silliest ideas in support of an essentially good cause...He raises some stimulating issues, even if in an intellectually inadequate fashion...A foolish consistency may be the 'hobgoblin og little minds,' as Emerson said, but serious inconsistancy (as in this book) is the downfall of many theories about morality and law."
--Tibor Machan (World Research Ink)

Who's right? Make up your own mind! Order this provocative book today.

Walter Block Monday, April 11, 2011
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Defending the Undefendable

Professor Block's book is in a new edition from the Mises Institute, completely reset and beautifully laid out in an edition worthy of its contents.

It is among the most famous of the great defenses of victimless crimes and controversial economic practices, from profiteering and gouging to bribery and blackmail. However, beneath the surface, this book is also an outstanding work of microeconomic theory that explains the workings of economic forces in everyday events and affairs.

Murray Rothbard explains why:

"Defending the Undefendable performs the service of highlighting, the fullest and starkest terms, the essential nature of the productive services performed by all people in the free market. By taking the most extreme examples and showing how the Smithian principles work even in these cases, the book does far more to demonstrate the workability and morality of the free market than a dozen sober tomes on more respectable industries and activities. By testing and proving the extreme cases, he all the more illustrates and vindicates the theory."

F.A. Hayek agreed, writing the author as follows: "Looking through Defending the Undefendable made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than fifty years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. … Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it will still do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and showing the falsity of these stereotypes you are doing a real services, although you will not make yourself more popular with the majority."

SUPPORTERS
"Looking through 'Defending the Undefendable' made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than 50 years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. Even now I am occasionally at first incredulous and feel that "this is going too far," but usually find in the end that Block is right. Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it wills till do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and in showing the falsitty of these stereotypes Block is doing a real servic, although he will not make himself more popular with the majority."
--FA Hayek

"Judging from the outraged responses in many libertarian quarters, many of 'our people' are not ready for this exciting and shocking adventure. Since libertarians are, or are supposed to be on the forefront of thought, since their whole lives have been an intellectual adventure in many ways, the hostility becomes even more mysterious."
--Murray N. Rothbard

"There are things that I strongly agree with and things that I strongly disagree with, but the book thoughout is amusingly and sharply reasoned, couragous and always provocative."
--Henry Hazlitt

"Many years ago Hazlitt's little masterpiece, Economics in One Lesson, demonstrated how, in order to measure the consequences of economic activies, one must look beyond their immediately obvious effects to thir secondary effects.  Here Professor Block sets out highly specific, and sometimes shocking examples of Hazlitt's thesis.  By concentrating on the positive economic contributions of extreme cases, he forces the reader's consideration and greater appreciation of these principles."
--Robert D. Kephart

"It is a magnificent book, a trailblazer.  I would call it ;Drano for Clogged Minds,' except that Drano is neither amusing nor stimulating, and this book is both.  I suggest buying two copies: one for yourself and one for the person you want most to catch up with you."
--Roger Lea MacBride

"...More than almost any current book, DTU will wake the reader from his dogmatic slumbers.  It is eminently readable, challenging, and provocative."
--John Hospers

"Startling and illuminating! Block's lucid defenses often convince: sometimes they lead us to sharpen our attack.  In either case, the reader cannot fail to be instructed and challenged by this mind-stretching, provocative, and occasionally infuriating book."
--Robert Nozick

"What the critics have missed is that a book of libertarianism, not Objectivism, not Christianity, DTU used the most effective method for illustrating and teaching moral principles.  Shock your friends and educate them."
--Don Ernsberger, S.I.L.

"This witty and wonderful book is a veritable manual of the 'joy of freedom.' IUf we were only half as interested in liberty as in lust, we would not have half the problems we have."
--Dr. Thomas S. Szasz

"The most entertaining and one of the most instructive economics books I've ever read.  Block's unique style helps you see what's going on around you quickly and clearly.  The book is terrific.  Taking the most extreme examples possible and clarifying them will do more to bend the reader's economic thinking than a slow steady course in good economics."
--Harry Browne

"We can congratulate Dr. Block for some iconoclastic and courageous interpretations."
--Albert Ellis (psychologist)

"After reading Block's book, we recognize the pimp as an honest broker and the uncorrupted cop as the Nuremberg defendant who always followed orders.  We are reminded that strip mining of coal allows miners to escape black-lung disease and cave-ins... Block gives the reader succinct yet penetrating criticisms of the Federal Reserve System, and the Keynesian paradox of savings.  His chapter on charity is the best modern defense of social Darwinism that I have ever read."
--Williamson Evers

"It is a brilliant, relentlessly argued book, pushing the libertarian case to its extreme limits...take seriously Ayn Rand;s dictum that one should be willing to defend the least attractive instance of a principle, and has done precisely that."
--Roy Childs (Editor: Libertarian Review)

"Shatters, one by one, each of our liberal steroetypes.  It's a pleasure to read and a treasure trove of ammunition for the defender of the free market."
--Tom G. Palmer (The New Gaurd)

"toleration of unpopular religious and cultural groups has always been one of the chief tenets of classical liberalism...Block carries this libertarian principle to its logical and radical conclusion: toleration of all non-aggressive pursuits."
--Lawrence White (Harvard Political Review)

"A remarkable book.  I found myself agreeing with Block for most of the time, and his argument is often ingenious.  Spend a pleasant evening reading aloud some of his chapters (they are really quite short)."
--Henry Meulen (The Individualist)

DETRACTORS
"There can be no question of my writing a testimonial on behalf of this book."
--Nathaniel Branden

"Defending the Undefendable-A doomed attempt, one would say.  Like thinking the unthinable, uttering the unutterable, or calculating the incalculable.  As the philosopher remarked, wherefor one cannot speak, thereabout one had better keep quiet.
     This assemblage of defences cannot (can it?) be facetious since it is ushered in by the author;s pious reference to a 'passion fro justice...
     Rather non persuasive are the cases made out for the Dishonest Cop, the Speculator in food, the Non-Contributor to Charity, the Stripminer, the Drug Pusher, the Denier of Academic Freedom, and the Person who yells 'fire' in a crowded theatre.  A passion for justice ought to inspire one to greater efforts."
--D.J. Enright (London Times Literary Supplement)

"...A positive menace to the libertarian movement.  His smart-alecky, sensationalist style, the silly and false social and psychological assumptions he uses to back up some otherwise (mostly) valid political and economic points, the frivolous and insensitive attitudes he displays toward serious human problems all serve to confuse and distract from the valid points.  Most people will be difficult to convince on rational political grounds without obscuring the issue with other half-baked, offensive, and unnecessary arguments.  The book will be offensive to people not just because his general attitude will be interpreted as callous, asinine, and an affront to human dignity.  It will surely reinforce the worst stereotypes people have about capitalists."
--Sharon Presley (Laissez Faire Books)

"..The wrong book at the wrong time...An absolutely mad way of introducing someone to libertarianism...I am convinced that it is probably a short run strategic disaster.  One needs not only a steel will based on solid libertarian premises to accept Professor Block's message, but one needs a cast iron stomach as well.  Those whom he defends are often, if not usually, the dregs of society: we could even say the very scum of the earth."
--Walter Grinder (Libertarian Review)

"DTU is a work of unrealized potential.  The editing is sloppy.  And the quality of the writing varies from chapter to chapter.  Many good arguments, and indeed the book itself, founder over a simple misconception: Block is misusing the word her...He is not consistently attentive to detail, nor is he very ambitious in enriching his rich thesis with examples and anecdotes.  If he had attended better to the art of writing and spared us the silly insistence of making all of society's rogues into heroes, thes his very important thesis might well have become a very important book."
--Jamaes D. Davidson (Libertarian Review)

"Not only does he defend prostitutes, pimps, counterfeiters, ticket scalpers, slumlords, blackmailers, libelors, stripminers, letterers, and scabs (among others), he actually has the temerity to call them heroes!  Block even has the gall to challenge the most enduring shiboleth of higher education, academic freedom."
--Dan C. Heldman (Universitas)

"The polarization of opinions on Block's book should not be surprising.  It is reflection of the book's schizophrenic nature-a bizarre combination of both excellent and horrible elements.  Apparently the endorsers chose to consider only the Dr. Jeckyll side of DTU and either ignored or failed to take seriously Mr. Hyde."
--Sharon Presley (Reason)

"Political and economic defense of the voluntary activities of society's 'scapegoats' -pimps, slumlords, moneylenders, etc.  Done in a sensationalistic style, much of the reasoning is questionable and unnecessarily offensive.  Not a good introduction to libertarianism."
--Laissez Faire Books Catalogue

"Block defends some of the silliest ideas in support of an essentially good cause...He raises some stimulating issues, even if in an intellectually inadequate fashion...A foolish consistency may be the 'hobgoblin og little minds,' as Emerson said, but serious inconsistancy (as in this book) is the downfall of many theories about morality and law."
--Tibor Machan (World Research Ink)

Who's right? Make up your own mind! Order this provocative book today.

Walter Block Monday, April 11, 2011
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) 80 Years Later: Parallels Between 1929 and 2009

80 Years Later: Parallels Between 1929 and 2009, by Walter Block, from a Mises Circle presentation in Colorado Springs. Block explains the relationship between then and now and speculates on our economic future in light of present policy.

Walter Block Monday, April 06, 2009
Windows Media Video (.wmv) 80 Years Later: Parallels Between 1929 and 2009

80 Years Later: Parallels Between 1929 and 2009, by Walter Block, from a Mises Circle presentation in Colorado Springs. Block explains the relationship between then and now and speculates on our economic future in light of present policy.

Walter Block Monday, April 06, 2009
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Government Bailouts: Picking Winners

Government Bailouts: Picking Winners Various Artists Recovery or Stagnation?

Walter Block Monday, August 31, 2009
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Government Bailouts: Picking Winners

Government Bailouts: Picking Winners Various Artists Recovery or Stagnation?

Walter Block Monday, August 31, 2009
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Ticka, Ticka, You Need Good Timin'

Ticka, Ticka, You Need Good Timin' Various Artists Will the Decline Continue?

Walter Block Monday, September 14, 2009
Windows Media Video (.wmv) Ticka, Ticka, You Need Good Timin'

Ticka, Ticka, You Need Good Timin' Various Artists Will the Decline Continue?

Walter Block Monday, September 14, 2009
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Interventionism

Recorded 27 July 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. Includes an introduction by Mark Thornton. [59:05]

Walter Block Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Roads, Education, and Waterways: The Case Against Public Services

Roads, Education, and Waterways: The Case Against Public Services Walter Block The Mises Circle: Great Economic Myths

Walter Block Friday, February 08, 2008
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Privatization of Roads

Some 40,000 people perish each year on U.S. highways, and the National Traffic Safety Administration blames this on speeding, DUI, driver error, while the real problem is Sovietization of streets and roads. [1:01:19]

Walter Block Saturday, July 31, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) An Austrian View on Monopoly and Anti-Trust Law

Austrian critique of mainstream analysis of monopoly, monopsony, and perfect competition; the logical contradictions of anti-trust law. Recorded 29 July 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. [44:30]

Walter Block Thursday, July 29, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) The Fallacies of Public Finance

Critical examination of the claim that justification for taxation is that there is a market failure regarding public goods and externalities. Recorded 28 July 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. [1:00:39]

Walter Block Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Defending the Blackmailer

The audio version of the Mises Daily article for July 28, 2010. [11:33]

Walter Block Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) How the BP Spill is Not a Failure of Free Markets

Interviewed by special guest host, Zoe Russell, on the "Free Markets" internet radio program; 17 July 2010. [44:07]

Walter Block Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) The Economy: What's Next?

Tom Kowitz and Michele Gaudin of WGSO 990AM, New Orleans, interview Professor Walter Block, 17 July 2010. [20:47]

Walter Block Monday, July 19, 2010
Audio (.mp3, .wav, etc.) Defending the Litterer

The audio version of the Mises Daily article for July 14, 2010. [14:20]

Walter Block Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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