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Seth King
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« on: July 01, 2010, 02:48:15 PM »

I need to buy a copy of Walter Block's book "Defending the Undefendable." I've nearly read the whole book a chapter here and there. Here is a good one:

http://mises.org/daily/4522

My favorite so far is his chapter on ticket scalpers.
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2010, 04:25:02 AM »

So many libertarians hate Walter Block and that's a real shame as he is so entertaining.  One of my favorites.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010, 01:45:16 PM »

What is there to hate about Walter Block?
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010, 01:58:19 PM »

Well, those are mainly the Beltway libertarians (Cato, Reason) who are only slightly more libertarian than the GOP.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010, 02:01:00 PM »

The Mutualists and those types tend to really dislike him as well.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2010, 02:09:45 PM »

You think that may have something to do with the fact that the mutualist adhere to the labor theory of value where as Block adheres to the subjective theory of value?
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2010, 02:16:41 PM »

Totally.

They typically refer to him as a vulgar libertarian.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2010, 02:23:08 PM »

Haha.  Vulgar.

God forbid he follow a theory that makes sense.
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2010, 02:32:27 PM »

Just the other day I had a long argument with some people regarding Block's comments that it would be legal to "sell one's self into slavery" in a post-state libertarian society.
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2010, 02:36:35 PM »

Don't know why they would object.  You have complete control to do with whatever you like with your person.  If you want to sell yourself into slavery, then so be it. 

I wouldn't recommend it though.   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2010, 02:47:04 PM »

Yeah, I don't see how it would be a major problem.  We could still have Jerry Springer-esque programs in a free society and they will need their material. 

Honestly, I don't think that voluntarily selling one's self into slavery is slavery at all but, rather, a long term contract.  If one leaves the long term contract then it goes to an arbitrator an some sort of restitution is probably paid to the would-be employer.
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