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The Pro-Aggression Statists Smear Those Who Support Peace and Liberty

Mises Institute economist Walter Block, a frequent contributor to, believes that he may have been libeled by the New York Times‘ latest smear campaign against those who love liberty, free markets, and who believe in non-coercion and non-aggression. God knows, those who believe in peace and freedom ought to be maligned and smeared, libeled and slandered as much as possible.

The Timesrecent hit piece on the Mises Institute and libertarians in general included a brief quote by Prof. Block, totally out of context. Block was quoted as stating that slavery was “not so bad.” Here are the two paragraphs in which the quote appeared in the Times:

Some scholars affiliated with the Mises Institute have combined dark biblical prophecy with apocalyptic warnings that the nation is plunging toward economic collapse and cultural ruin. Others have championed the Confederacy. One economist, while faulting slavery because it was involuntary, suggested in an interview that the daily life of the enslaved was “not so bad — you pick cotton and sing songs.”


Walter Block, an economics professor at Loyola University in New Orleans who described slavery as “not so bad,” is also highly critical of the Civil Rights Act. “Woolworth’s had lunchroom counters, and no blacks were allowed,” he said in a telephone interview. “Did they have a right to do that? Yes, they did. No one is compelled to associate with people against their will.”

And here is what Prof. Block told the Times Reporter, as quoted in Block’s article linked above:

“Free association is a very important aspect of liberty. It is crucial. Indeed, its lack was the major problem with slavery. The slaves could not quit. They were forced to ‘associate’ with their masters when they would have vastly preferred not to do so. Otherwise, slavery wasn’t so bad. You could pick cotton, sing songs, be fed nice gruel, etc. The only real problem was that this relationship was compulsory. It violated the law of free association, and that of the slaves’ private property rights in their own persons. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, then, to a much smaller degree of course, made partial slaves of the owners of establishments like Woolworths.”

I think that clarifies things. The point is that the slaves were made to be where they were and do what they were told involuntarily. That’s the point. You see, with statists such as those employed by mainstream media corporations, whether something is voluntary or involuntary doesn’t matter. It’s really the emotionalism surrounding various social philosophies and government policies that matter.

But as long as your actions don’t violate the non-aggression principle, then you should have the freedom to do whatever you want, with your own life, your person, property, labor and wealth. As long as you don’t violate someone else’s person and property, that is.

If you want to talk about actual slavery, I could say that you are made to do extra labor involuntarily in order to fork over what government bureaucrats demand that you fork over. And now with ObamaCare the youngins are made to do extra labor and go into debt frankly in order that their earnings be taken from them by force to be handed over to others. Some might see that as “slavery.” That is definitely “involuntary servitude,” for sure.

The kind of slavery that has been referred to in the articles mentioned above is “chattel slavery,” in which the slave — or involuntary laborer — is kept as property by the slave owner. It is much more personal, direct and explicit. But the general population, the non-government class, or non-ruling class, are really the slaves of the political class, the Rulers. Your labor exists primarily to serve them the non-productive parasites and their special interests.

But regarding Walter Block, here are some readings by Block to see for yourself how deeply devoted to the non-aggression principle and voluntary association he is:

Defending the Undefendable

The Case for Discrimination

Building Blocks for Liberty

The Privatization of Roads and Highways

Elizabeth Warren’s Unwarranted Wage

Labor Relations, Unions and Collective Bargaining: A Political Economic Analysis

Is There a Human Right to Medical Insurance?

Defending the Undefendable II

Other Walter Block Publications

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