Walter E. Block: Seasteads and Private Courts: Pro and Con

Abstract

Those who set up artificial settlements on the oceans, far from shore, would be well advised to adopt the free enterprise system to organize all their activities. And courts are no exception. A private judicial industry should be encouraged both on land and sea, since it is deontologically sound, it violates no rights, and is also pragmatic in that it is superior to statist counterparts regarding efficiency. This is especially important for any seasteading community which would be set up along non-governmental lines.

 

The Author

Dr. Walter E. 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 almost 500 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows.  He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute, 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award (2005, 2008) and the Mises Institute’s Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; and the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007. Prof. Block counts among his friends Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard. He was converted to libertarianism by Ayn Rand. Block is old enough to have once met Ludwig von Mises, and shaken his hand. Block has never washed that hand since. So, if you shake his hand (it’s pretty dirty, but what the heck) you channel Mises.

 

Source

Walter E. Block (2017): Seasteads and Private Courts: Pro and Con, in: Victor Tiberius (Ed.): Seasteads. Opportunities and Challenges for Small New Societies, Zurich (vdf), pp. 171-177.

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