Toward a Libertarian Theory of Blackmail
Walter E. Block
Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business
July, 13 2011
Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2001
Blackmail is the request for money or other valuable consideration, coupled with an offer, typically, to refrain from exposing a secret which is embarrassing to the blackmailee. Since it is legal to request money, and it is also lawful to make offers, one would think that a complex act composed of both of these elements would also pass muster under our system of jurisprudence. Such is not the case, however; blackmail is considered a crime. I will argue against this criminalization.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 15, 2011
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