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Professor Block's book is among the most famous of the great defenses of victimless crimes and controversial economic practices, from profiteering and gouging to bribery and blackmail. However, beneath the surface, this book is also an outstanding work of microeconomic theory that explains the workings of economic forces in everyday events and affairs.
Murray Rothbard explains why: "Defending the Undefendable performs the service of highlighting, in the fullest and starkest terms, the essential nature of the productive services performed by all people in the free market. By taking the most extreme examples and showing how the Smithian principles work even in these cases, the book does far more to demonstrate the workability and morality of the free market than a dozen sober tomes on more respectable industries and activities. By testing and proving the extreme cases, he all the more illustrates and vindicates the theory.
"F.A. Hayek agreed, writing the author as follows: "Looking through Defending the Undefendable made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than fifty years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. Even now I am occasionally at first incredulous and feel that 'this is going too far,' but usually find in the end that you are right. Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it will still do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and in showing the falsity of these stereotypes you are doing a real service, although you will not make yourself more popular with the majority."
©2008 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2008 Ludwig von Mises Institute
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By John on 12-14-11

Stretching My Mind

What made the experience of listening to Defending the Undefendable the most enjoyable?

Mr. Block stretched my mind in new directions. I was introduced to new perspectives on topics that I thought I knew, and I was surprised when I changed someone of my longest-held opinions. Who knew that discrimination and regulation affects so many facets of our lives!?

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By Ralf on 10-01-12

A must-read for any open minded person

What made the experience of listening to Defending the Undefendable the most enjoyable?

Even though english is not my native language the book is well written so I understood almost everything. The pronounciation and intonation by Jeff Riggenbach is just great. Regarding the content of the book I knew what to expect and it simply confirmed and deepened my beliefs in personal liberty and the fact that the state should stay out of other peoples business.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending the Undefendable?

The whole book is one huge memorable moment. And I hope to remember the facts and the logic presented by Walter Block here the next time I have to debate someone on personal liberty and statelessness.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Riggenbach’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jeff Riggenbach does a great job. I really like his deep voice and superb pronounciation. I have listened to many of his performances for the Ludwig van Mises Institute and he is just perfect for this kind of literature.

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By Anonymous User on 08-21-17


basically examines a whole bunch of social/legal taboos through to their ridiculous final conclusions and reveals the strong need to reconsider many erroneous attitudes we grow up with and simply accept as truths

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