This new book from Professor Walter Block collects a lifetime of his scholarly articles about blackmail in which he examines the legal and economic underpinnings of blackmail, traces its historical roots, and presents a libertarian framework for thinking about blackmail and its place in the law. Along the way, he confronts the theories of blackmail put forward by many other distinguished scholars, including Richard Posner, Robert Nozick, and Richard Epstein.
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Praise for Legalize Blackmail
"Professor Walter Block always makes us think, with his smack downs of conventional wisdom, and his cool libertarian logic of liberty. This important work is no exception."
— Lew Rockwell, Lewrockwell.com
“Walter Block is the Grand Provocateur of libertarianism. These essays on blackmail present him at his daring, irrepressible, and inspiring best. Block starts with first principles and follows them, carefully and consistently, wherever they go – often ending with startling conclusions.”
— Peter Klein, Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences & Director of the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Missouri
"You will really like this book; I certainly did. It debunks what most people think they know about blackmail, of course. But, more important, it opens up a new, but very rational, way of thinking that will be wholly new to most people. The material Walter Block covers here will serve you well, everywhere from a cocktail party to a courtroom."
— Doug Casey, Founder, Casey Research
"If you want to understand the libertarian position on blackmail, read this book. If you've taken it for granted that we need laws against blackmail, Walter Block will challenge your assumptions with provocative arguments you'll find difficult to refute."
— Jacob Huebert, attorney and author, Libertarianism Today
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