Walter Block quotes

  • Protectionism is a misnomer. The only people protected by tariffs, quotas and trade restrictions are those engaged in uneconomic and wasteful activity. Free trade is the only philosophy compatible with international peace and prosperity.
    -- Walter Block

    #Freedom #Philosophy #People

  • It is sometimes argued that one of the benefits of legalizing addictive drugs is that they could be taxed, and the government revenues enhanced. From this perspective, this would be the only valid case against legalization.
    -- Walter Block

    #Government #Perspective #Drug

  • If it moves, privatize it; if it doesn't move, privatize it. Since everything either moves or doesn't move, privatize everything.
    -- Walter Block


  • Consider the sexual harassment which continually occurs between a secretary and a boss . . . while objectionable to many women, [it] is not a coercive action. It is rather part of a package deal in which the secretary agrees to all aspects of the job when she agrees to accept the job, and especially when she agrees to keep the job. The office is, after all, private property. The secretary does not have to remain if the 'coercion' is objectionable.
    -- Walter Block

    #Jobs #Office #Boss

  • If it moves, privatize it, if it doesn't move, privatize it; since everything either moves or doesn't move, privatize everything.
    -- Walter Block

    #Moving #Ifs

  • If we as a society want to cure unemployment, raise real wages, and in other ways improve our economy, we will base public policy on private property rights, the non-aggression principle and the law of free association. In the free and prosperous society, everyone may do precisely as he pleases, provided only that he does not initiate violence against non-aggressors.
    -- Walter Block

    #Real #Law #Rights

  • Libertarianism is neither of the left nor of the right. It is unique. It is sui generis. It is apart from left and right. The left right political spectrum simply has no room for libertarianism. Think of an equilateral triangle, with libertarianism at one corner, the left at a second corner and the right at the third corner. We are equally distant from both of those misbegotten political economic philosophies. No, better yet, think in terms of an isosceles triangle, with us at the top and the two of them at the bottom, indicating they have more in common with each other than with us.
    -- Walter Block

    #Philosophy #Thinking #Unique

  • I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy

  • Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.

  • Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought

  • Future generations may or may not judge Wittgenstein to be one of the great philosophers. Even if they do not, however, he is sure always to count as one of the great personalities of philosophy. From our perspective it is easy to mistake one for the other; which he is time will tell.

  • The philosophy of the school was quite simple - the bright boys specialised in Latin, the not so bright in science and the rest managed with geography or the like.

  • Don't be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide.

  • The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy

  • Facts are what pedantic, dull people have instead of opinions.

  • We must see what in the Israeli identity - in the Israeli - we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory.

  • People who deal with life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end.