Walter Block’s “Distance” Recommendation

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“In his Wall Street Journal op-ed calling for libertarians (‘we,’ he writes) to vote for Donald Trump, Walter Block’s central argument is that Joe Biden ‘is much further from us on the political-economic spectrum than Mr. Trump’ (‘Libertarians Should Vote for Trump,’ May 28, 2024). This argument is debatable. Walter only intends his recommendation for libertarians in ‘swing states,’ which raises a first set of problems. We first need to identify the ‘swing states,’ which can be many combinations of them and which anyway are only known after the election. But I want to focus on the ‘distance’ criterion implied by his “further from.” I will suggest that such a distance is not easy to make sense of and that an obvious alternative criterion does not point to Trump.” (06/04/24)