Friday, April 27, 2012

Walter Block: Privatize everything! Joshua Blakeney: No thanks!

Truth Jihad Radio Fri. 4/27/12, 3-5 pm Central, American Freedom Radio (archived here.) Call-in: (402) 237-2525 or post your questions to my Facebook page.

First hour: Walter Block, a free market economist and anarcho-capitalist associated with the Austrian School of economics, has replaced Murray Rothbard as "Mr. Libertarian," according to Lew Rockwell. As today's leading exponent of hardcore libertarian economics, Block wants to pretty much privatize everything, including roads and highways, and even supports contractual "voluntary slavery." Though I ran for Congress as a Libertarian, I'm not sure I'd go that far. But I'm willing to listen.

Second hour: Joshua Blakeney, Globalization Studies, University of Lethbridge, is becoming a leading figure in the 9/11 truth movement. He and Jim Fetzer are the organizers of the upcoming Vancouver 9/11 Hearings. A correspondent for Press TV whose intellectual background is more or less Marxist, Joshua presumably will offer a very different perspective from Walter Block's.


  1. Both Walter Block and Joshua Blakeney seem to ignore the blue whale in the living room; that "capitalism", "Communism", "statism" or whatever they call it are all at root landlordism. Why'd you let them get away with it? Have you studied Henry George's book "Progress and Poverty"? Those guests like to pretend it doesn't exist. Are they aware of the CAFR scam?
    I heard no mention of that, either. IMO, their class conflict is all a Hegelian ruse.

    Easier to read version:
    New Abridged Edition of Progress and Poverty, 1997



    Original, unabridged edition:

    Perhaps Bob Drake would be willing to come onto your show, and Schalkenbach might provide you a complimentary review copy.

  2. Kevin,

    It was good calling into your show today and questioning
    Joshua on his methodology! We ran out of time, unfortunately,
    but you countered with a good suggestion at the very end...
    namely, that it be continued another day.

    I have a fairly high regard for Joshua Blakeney and enjoy
    listening to him. Along with Michael Parenti, he is one of
    those rare 'sincere' Marxists who doesn't strike me as
    hopelessly corrupt and evil. His work on 9/11 and the evil
    elites stands on a par with anybody's and his political
    position is irrelevant. Truth seekers are truth seekers, and
    if a guy only has a little plastic sticker on him that says
    'Marxist' it's not likely to ruin his brain.

    Debating with him is a different story, hey, but it's fun!


    'Other' Kevin

  3. Dear Friends and Comrades,

    Here is my latest batch of Press TV reports.

    Hate Speech laws:

    Syrians (emphasis on Canadian govt's support for insurgents in Syria):

    Syrians (emphasis on media distortion of Syrian debacle):

    Yours Sincerely,

    Joshua Blakeney

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  5. Unfortunately, Bob Drake died -- much too young -- a few years ago. His modernized abridgment of "Progress and Poverty" -- arguably one of the most important books of the 19th century, and said to be the #2 bestseller of the 1880-1900 period, second only to the Bible -- is very readable, and yet maintains the rhythm and spirit of the original. He did a thought-by-thought updating, eliminating the multiple examples George used. Those who have read the original will likely appreciate this one.

    As I explore Google Books' offerings in the 1880-1920 period, I am amazed at the number of books and magazine articles whose basis is in P&P. *Everyone* understood these ideas, and it was more context than content.

    Not uncontroversial -- the powers that be weren't keen on it -- but widely understood:

    The value of that which nature provides shouldn't be privatized.

    The value of what the community together creates shouldn't be privatized.

    And that which the individual or corporation creates, after paying the community for the use of what nature provides or what the community creates, should absolutely be privatized.

    I commend these ideas to your attention. explore wealthandwant, lvtfan, schalkenbach, progressandpoverty, henrygeorge for more information.