As is his wont, Walter Block starts with the principle of homesteading and the non-aggression axiom and applies them inexorably. Of course, he does so in cases that many, if not most, people, including Walter himself, will find morally repugnant. These exercises are designed to make the case that the purpose of law is to enforce rights, not morality, and that laws designed to do the latter fail, often exacerbating the situation.
William Barnett II, Professor of Economics and Chase Bank, Distinguished Professor of International Business, Loyola University New Orleans
Defending the Undefendable II: Freedom in All Realms is a worthy, indispensable sequel to Defending the Undefendable, written in a fun, punchy, and accessible style, but with no punches pulled. Echoing MacBride's advice for the earlier book, "I suggest buying two copies: one for yourself and one for the person you want most to catch up with you." Agree or disagree, you will surely enjoy reading this book.
Stephan Kinsella, Executive Editor, Libertarian Papers, Director, Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
Walter Block’s daring, funny, iconoclastic Defending the Undefendable is a libertarian classic. In this sequel Block defends even more of society’s hidden heroes, those unfairly maligned entrepreneurs, workers, and capitalists who create value through free and voluntary interaction, and he does it in the same colorful and engaging style.
Peter G. Klein, Executive Director, Ludwig von Mises Institute USA
In an age when all too many people run for cover when their controversial neighbors evoke the ire of intellectual elites, Walter Block heroically comes to the rescue. You don’t have to agree with him on everything to respect his thoughtfulness on behalf of the unpopular and the misunderstood. Liberty’s very survival depends upon such courage!
Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education
Walter Block is the most courageous of libertarian economists. No issue is too tough for the application of solid principles―and that makes him unique. I find him to be absolutely consistent in his logic, clear enough for anyone to grasp, and bold enough to take on any and all challengers. On top of it all, he's provocative and fun to read.
Ken Schoolland, Associate Professor of Economics at Hawaii Pacific University, President of the International Society for Individual Liberty, and a member of the Board of Scholars of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
I’d like to defend the great defender of the undefendable. In Defending the Undefendable II: Freedom in All Realms, Walter Block shows that straightforward libertarian thinking can illuminate a whole series of hard cases in which government intervention and regulation seem called for. It turns out that even in these extreme situations, leaving people to their own devices will lead to better results and government usually ends up only making matters worse. Block may at first seem to be a master of paradox but really he’s just a master of common sense.
Paul A. Cantor, author of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV
Walter Block is a master of the hard cases. Many activities viewed as sleazy and anti-social, such as drug-pushing and prostitution, don’t violate libertarian rights. What should libertarians say about these activities? Rather than pass them by in embarrassment, Walter Block in his classic Defending the Undefendable offered bold and ingenious arguments against interfering with them. In Defending the Undefendable II: Freedom In All Realms, he gives us a magnificent sequel that continues and extends his earlier work. He deals with an abundance of new hard cases, always addressed in the distinctive Walter Block tone.
David Gordon, Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute USA
Block is back! In the tradition of Defending the Undefendable, in this new book Block tirelessly applies libertarian analysis to another batch of fun and interesting "tough cases," ranging from the Smuggler to the Peeping Tom.
Robert P. Murphy, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism
By examining the most loathsome jobs and nastiest behaviors and opening them up to logical scrutiny and exposing their essential characteristics as non-violent and value creating, Walter Block’s Defending the Undefendable has irritated an entire generation of readers and forced them to either convert to or strengthened their libertarian values. Volume II: Freedom in All Realms promises more such irritation for future generations to come.
Mark Thornton, Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute USA
Yes, I confess, I am a "Block head," by this I mean that because of Walter Block's past writings, he has caused me to look in a different manner at all sorts of society's characters, from loan sharks to slumlords to pimps. It has caused me to defend these "undefendables," in conversations, at family gatherings, and in other debates.
Robert Wenzel, Editor & Publisher, EconomicPolicyJournal.com
Walter Block has assembled thirty chapters defending behavior that is probably offensive to most Americans, such as dwarf tossing and stereotyping, and many that are downright illegal, such as dueling and smuggling. Plus, he’s provided us with humorous cartoons at the end of many chapters. The bottom line message in Defending the Undefendable II: Freedom In All Realms is that the true test of our commitment to personal liberty doesn’t come when we permit others to engage in those peaceable, voluntary acts with which we agree. It comes when we permit others to engage in peaceable, voluntary acts we find offensive.
Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University
Publisher: Terra Libertas
Pagination: 236 pages
Publication Year: 2013