Abolish the State and All Its Works
Daily Anarchist Interviews Walter Block
by Seth King
I had the distinct honor to interview one of my greatest philosophical influences by email this last week. I first contacted Dr. Walter Block a little over a year ago asking for intellectual help that I was unable to find anywhere else. He graciously answered my original emails and then shortly thereafter helped me to find the reading materials necessary to convert to anarcho-capitalism.
Since my conversion more questions have arisen that needed answering. This time I’ve decided to publicize the interview between myself and Dr. Block, with his permission of course. I’d like to thank Dr. Block for having given me his time and guiding me to anarcho-capitalism. Without further adieu, the interview.
Seth: Dr. Block, you identify yourself not only as a libertarian and Austrian Economist, but more specifically as an Anarcho-Capitalist. Would you mind explaining to me exactly what Anarcho-Capitalism means to you?
Walter: The first part of this phrase, Anarcho-Capitalism, means that there shall be no government. Private firms will undertake all supposed government functions, such as protection from foreign and domestic enemies, adjudication, supplying supposed public goods such as lighthouses (in bygone era), flood control, education, welfare, health, money, etc. The second part means that the law will support private property rights, money, etc., in contradistinction to left wing or socialist anarchism.