The Logic of the Argument in Behalf of Legalizing Blackmail

23 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2011

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: July, 13 2011

Abstract

Extortion is the demand for money or other valuable consideration, coupled with the threat to do something which both is and should be illegal. For example, Give me $X of your money or I will kidnap your children, or Go to bed with me or I will bum down your house. In very sharp contrast, blackmail is the demand for money or other valuable consideration, coupled with the threat to do something which both is and should be legal. For example, Give me $X of your money or will tell everyone that you take a bath with a rubber duckie or Go to bed with me or I will gossip about your hidden adultery. I will argue that blackmail should be legalized.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., The Logic of the Argument in Behalf of Legalizing Blackmail (July, 13 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1885096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1885096

Walter E. Block (Contact Author)

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