A Libertarian Theory of Blackmail

16 Pages Posted: 14 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

This article will attempt to analyze the law prohibiting blackmail from a libertarian perspective. Libertarianism is a political philosophy; as such, it is a theory of the just use of violence. From this viewpoint, the just use of violence is essentially defensive: one may employ force only to repel an invasion; only to protect one’s person or property from external threat, and for no other reason.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., A Libertarian Theory of Blackmail (July 13, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1885214 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1885214

Walter E. Block (Contact Author)

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