Walter Block’s New Book on Ron Paul

February 22, 2015

Ron Paul 2008

This book consists of a series of essays about Dr. Ron Paul and his campaigns for the presidency of the U.S. in 2008 and 2012, with primary emphasis on the latter. The gist of them all is to make the case for his occupancy of the White House. Each and every last one of these chapters is an attempt to expand and expound upon his views, to publicize them, to promote his candidacy, to defend it against attacks from within and without the libertarian movement. Will Ron Paul win? At the time of this writing, it is far too early to know whether or not he will become the next president of the United States. From the perspective of this point in time, Dr. Paul faces an uphill, and then a downhill battle. He will have a more difficult time winning the Republican nomination than he will in beating Obama. This is because Paul attracts people from all over the political spectrum. Republicans, yes; but he is very attractive to Independents, and even, more surprisingly at the outset, to Democrats. And, while some of the primaries are open to voters from all three categories, these elections are of course statistically biased in the direction of Republicans, and Ron Paul has no comparative advantage vis a vis his three remaining competitors, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, in this section of the electorate. That is his weakness, but also his strength; for if and when he gets the nod from the Republicans, he can attract more voters from the Democratic and Independent camps than these other three, and thus has the best chance of overturning the sitting president in the fall of 2012. In recent polls, only Paul and Romney are in a statistical dead heat with Obama. Gingrich and Santorum fall by the wayside in this regard. But Dr. Paul is not only running for the presidency of the U.S. His campaign is also an attempt to change the hearts and minds of the more than 300 million people in America, but also the nearly 7 billion inhabitants of the entire Earth. And in this latter quest he has already succeeded, beyond even the most ambitious of hopes of his most fervent supporters.

More About The Author:

Walter Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of over 400 articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and hundreds of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows. He has been a friend of Ron Paul’s since the 1970s. Block is a leading Austrian School economist and an international leader of the freedom movement. His earliest work Defending the Undefendable (first edition Fleet 1976, latest edition Mises 2008, translated in 12 languages) is now, more than 30 years later, regarded as an overlooked classic on libertarianism. This collection of essays, which argues for societal villains as economic scapegoats based on the principles of nonaggression, forces its reader to think and to rethink his or her initial knee-jerk emotional responses, and to gain a new and far sounder appreciation of economic theory and of the virtues and operations of the free market economy. Block’s writing was inspired by Henry Hazlitt, the author of the most widely read economics text Economics in One Lesson. Block has been a fixture in the libertarian movement for some four decades. He actually met Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, and was friends with Murray Rothbard. His contributions to academic libertarianism and to Austrian economics have been prodigious. Block’s writings continue to challenge the conventional wisdom (or ignorance) of how economics works and will retain its freshness for decades to come.

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