Toward a Libertarian Theory of Blackmail

Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2001

34 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

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.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., Toward a Libertarian Theory of Blackmail (July, 13 2011). Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1885098

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