Sunday, February 16, 2014

Professor Walter Block coming to Columbia University

Professor Walter Block will be coming to Columbia University on March 27th and 28th. He will give two very different speeches: One about historical heavyweights of economics, and one about a current controversy which Dr. Block still finds himself in, thanks to the NY Times.

Walter E. Block, "Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises"
Smith, Hayek and Mises are not only important figures in economics, but in ethics and political philosophy too. The former would have won the Nobel Prize in economics, if this award were given during his lifetime. The middle mentioned one actually did have this honor bestowed upon him, in 1974. The latter, should have won this too, but, scandalously, did not. These three are very important for students in that modern economics courses, and economists, tend to ignore all of them, particularly the latter two, who were members of the Austrian School of economics. My lecture will attempt to right this imbalance.
Thursday, March 27, 8:30pm
312 Mathematics Building, Columbia University (entrance at 116th and Broadway)

Walter E. Block, "Me and the NY Times"
Friday, March 28, 7:30pm
Although I spent several hours with their journalist trying to explain the libertarian philosophy to him, the article he wrote managed to totally misconstrue this philosophy, at least where I was concerned. It went so far as to attribute to me the view that actual slavery in the U.S. was not “so bad.” In this lecture I intend to correct the record. I will also discuss a related issue: the critical view that most libertarians have about the so-called Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Wien Hall ground floor lounge, Columbia University (entrance at 116th between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.)

For background information about what has been happening with regards to Dr. Block and the NYT, follow the discussion with the links below:

From Professor Jo Ann Cavallo of Columbia University to President Wildes of Loyolla:
Tom Woods:
Walter's response:

Other responses:
February 15:

February 14:

Lingenfelter, Jonathan. 2014. “Wildes’ letter assumed too much.”;

Lew Rockwell's response to NY Times article:

Tom DiLorenzo also has a response regarding the journalist:

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