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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Ishi Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4871873234
  • ISBN-13: 978-4871873239
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,119,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Walter Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of over 400 articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and hundreds of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows. He has been a friend of Ron Paul’s since the 1970s. Block is a leading Austrian School economist and an international leader of the freedom movement. His earliest work Defending the Undefendable (first edition Fleet 1976, latest edition Mises 2008, translated in 12 languages) is now, more than 30 years later, regarded as an overlooked classic on libertarianism. This collection of essays, which argues for societal villains as economic scapegoats based on the principles of nonaggression, forces its reader to think and to rethink his or her initial knee-jerk emotional responses, and to gain a new and far sounder appreciation of economic theory and of the virtues and operations of the free market economy. Block’s writing was inspired by Henry Hazlitt, the author of the most widely read economics text Economics in One Lesson. Block has been a fixture in the libertarian movement for some four decades. He actually met Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, and was friends with Murray Rothbard. His contributions to academic libertarianism and to Austrian economics have been prodigious. Block’s writings continue to challenge the conventional wisdom (or ignorance) of how economics works and will retain its freshness for decades to come.

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And the only sense had Ron Paul's words!
W. Tomasik
I never realized, before this book, what silly, contrarian positions some well known "libertarians" take against their own.
Martha
I think this book is a must read for all of us who are interested in American politics.
Sextus Empiricus

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Tomasik on May 25, 2012
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I used not to be interested in politics (with the "why bother" attitude) but it got so stupid and bad that I had to bother. And the only sense had Ron Paul's words!
But on tv they either didn't talk about Ron Paul or just labeled him a racist and anti-semite. NOT TRUE! And you will know that from that beautifully written book by (Jewish!) Mr. Block.

Here I was interested in truth about Ron Paul (which I learned!) but I'm eager to know other books of Mr. Block whose style and choice of words are perfect!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sextus Empiricus on May 10, 2012
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Ron Paul is not the most eloquent, the most charismatic, or the most assertive candidate the libertarian movement could hope for; but he's the only one, and while he won't change official policy any time soon he is certainly changing people's hearts and minds.

This book describes in (somewhat wishful) detail what a Ron Paul presidency might be like and how it will be better than any other option. I like the depth of philosophy behind it, and while I think most of it will never be allowed to happen, just the possibilities mentioned here will be a great bargaining chip for the side of liberty.

I think this book is a must read for all of us who are interested in American politics. Not only Ron Paul supporters or libertarians; everyone! If you want to understand the forces behind the Ron Paul revolution.. if you want to understand the motives, the actual positions, and the possibilities the future may hold - read this book. You'll thank me later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martha on May 18, 2012
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Thank You, Walter Block! As a newcomer to Austrian Economic principles, and the finer points of true libertarian philosophy, I was utterly devastated by Stephan Molyneux's hour long video rant against my hero, Dr.Ron Paul.
I thought perhaps I didn't understand the "bigger picture", since I am the first to admit that lots of these ideas are extremely compelling, but new, to me. You have given me the words and the logic to refute what intuitively seemed to me an illogical and contrary point of view by "so-called" libertarians, and I feel a LOT stronger in my position now. I never realized, before this book, what silly, contrarian positions some well known "libertarians" take against their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j d on June 22, 2014
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Ron Paul thinks we should be on the gold standard. The problem with this is that there is nothing unique about gold. It has little intrinsic value. Humans decided it was valuable just like they decided paper currency is valuable. To arbitrarily connect the value of currency to a shiny metal causes problems in the economy. I'm glad Ron lost.
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There are many good things to say about this book, not least of which is Walter Block's writing style. I have read several of his other works and they never fail to put a smile on my face. It is not only what he says but also the way he says it. He has an engaging style that serves to make even the reading of economics enjoyable. It is not the dismal science when Block is in town.

This book provides a good overview of many of the issues that are currently in the news as well as a critique of several individuals whose philosophy overlaps with libertarianism in some areas but not others. One of my favorite chapters was the one on choosing Supreme Court justices in a Ron Paul administration. This chapter gives the reader an opportunity to fantasize about the way things could be if the United States ever elected a president who actually understands the Constitution.

Two other favorite chapters are the ones that speculate about who might be a good vice president in a Ron Paul administration. Block provides a good overview and analysis of the main contenders, many of whom will be around after the 2012 election, and some of whom will likely make a run for the presidency in the future. Some young and not so young dark horses are also discussed.

In addition to joyful reading, the book can also be used as a reference manual for those who want to gain some insights about libertarian positions on a number of issues. There are separate sections on economics, foreign policy, personal liberties, critiques of critics, strategy and publicity, among others.
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