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walter block Posted: Sun, Dec 21 2008 5:34 PM

Dear Jim:


Thanks for being willing to pass along some of my recent blog publications to your interested law school colleagues. Two of these concern two of them respectively, Profs. Medina and Vetter. A third one links to all of my writings on this thread. They are as follows:


Block, Walter. 2008. “Afraid to debate.” December 3; (Medina)


Block, Walter. 2008. “More Controversy Over Female-Male Pay Gap,” December 5; (Vetter)


Block, Walter. 2008. “Battling Political Correctness, and beating it: The Battle Over Political Correctness Continues.” December 16; (links)


As you suggested, I am appending a reading list on this subject. It may be of interest to some of your law school colleagues. Note, I do NOT agree with all of them; but, in the spirit of John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, I think it important that all scholars interested in this topic at least be familiar with what the other side is saying.


Your colleagues will also note that I have included not just of few of my own publications on this topic (I have highlighted them, to make them easier targets). I have a long paper trail on this issue, some of it in law reviews. Prof. Medina has expressed herself as unwilling to debate these issues, verbally. However, she may be open to intellectual exchanges through publications. She also mentioned that she and several of her law school colleagues have already published on these issues. I would ask her, and any other law school professor who has done so, to give me cites on this material. In that way, perhaps, we can engage in a dialogue through scholarly (labor economics and law review) literature.


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Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Prof. of Economics

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Loyola University New Orleans

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Becker, Gary. 1957. The Economics of Discrimination, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press


Benbow, Camilla and Julian Stanley. 1982. “Consequences in High School and College of Sex Differences in Mathematical Reasoning: A Longitudinal Perspective.” American Education Research 19. Winter


Benbow, Camilla and Julian Stanley. 1984. “Gender and the Science Major: A Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth. Advances in Motivation and Achievement. 2.


Benbow, Camilla and Julian Stanley. 1980. Sex Differences in Mathematical Ability: Fact or Artifact?” Science. 210. December


Benbow, Camilla and Julian Stanley. 1983. Sex Differences in Mathematical Reasoning Ability: More Facts.” Science. 222 December.


Block, Walter and Walter E. Williams. 1981. "Male-Female Earnings Differentials: A Critical Reappraisal," The Journal of Labor Research, Vol. II, No. 2, Fall, pp. 385-388;;


Block, Walter. 1982. "Economic Intervention, Discrimination and Unforeseen Consequences," Discrimination, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Walter Block and Michael A. Walker, eds., Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, pp. 101-125.


Block, Walter and Michael A. Walker. 1985. Focus on Employment Equity: A Critique of the Abella Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, Vancouver:  The Fraser Institute.


Block, Walter. 1985. "Directions for Future Research in Equal Pay Legislation," Towards Equity: Proceedings of a Colloquium on the Economic Status of Women in the Labour Market, Muriel Armstrong ed., Ottawa: The Economic Council, pp. 119-21, 134-135, 179-182.


Block, Walter. 1992. "Discrimination: An Interdisciplinary Analysis," The Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 11, pp. 241-254;;;


Block, Walter. 1998. “Compromising the Uncompromisable: Discrimination,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 57, No. 2, April, 1998, pp. 223-237;


Block, Walter, Nicholas Snow and Edward Stringham. 2008. “Banks, Insurance Companies and Discrimination.” Business and Society Review, Vol. 113, No. 3, September, pp. 403-419;;


Gottfredson, Linda S. 1986. “Societal consequences of the g factor in employment.Journal of Vocational Behavior, 29, 379-410.


Herrnstein, Richard J., and Murray, Charles. 1994. The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, New York: The Free Press


Jensen, Arthur R. 1981. Straight Talk about Mental Tests. New York: Free Press


Levin, Michael. 1987. Feminism and Freedom, New York: Transaction Books


Levin, Michael. 1997. Why Race Matters: Race Differences and What They Mean, New York: Praeger. 


Lynn, Richard and Tatu Vanhanen. 2002.  IQ And The Wealth Of Nations, New York, N.Y.: Praeger Publishers


Lynn, Richard and Tatu Vanhanen. 2006.  IQ and Global Inequality, Washington Summit Publishers


Murray, Charles. 2007. “Jewish Genius.” Commentary, April


Rushton, J. Philippe, “Brain size and cognitive ability: Correlations with age, sex, social class and race,” Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 1996, 3 (1), pp. 21-36


Rushton, J. Philippe, “Reply to Wilerman on Mongoloid-Caucasoid Differences in Brain Size,” Intelligence, 15 (1991), pp. 365-367


Rushton, J. Philippe, “The reality of racial differences: A rejoinder with new evidence,” Personality and Individual Differences, 9, pp. 1035-1040.


Rushton, J. Philippe, and Osborne, R.T., 1995, “Genetic and environmental contributions to cranial capacity estimated in Black and White adolescents.” Intelligence, 20, pp. 1-13


Rushton, J. P., & Ankney, C. D. 1993. The evolutionary selection of human races: A response to Miller. Personality and Individual Differences, 15, 677-680.


Seligman, Daniel. 1992. A Question of Intelligence, The IQ Debate in America. New York: Citadel, Carol Press


Sowell, Thomas. 1975. Race and Economics. New York: Longman


Sowell, Thomas. 1981. Markets and Minorities,  New York, N.Y.: Basic Books


Sowell, Thomas. 1982. “Weber and Bakke and the presuppositions of 'Affirmative Action,'" Discrimination, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Walter Block and Michael Walker, eds., Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, pp. 37-63


Sowell, Thomas. 1983. The Economics and Politics of Race: An International Perspective. New York, Morrow.


Sowell, Thomas, "Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality,” New York: William Morrow, 1984.


Sowell, Thomas. 2000. Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy. New York, N.Y.: Basic Books


Walker, Deborah, Jerry W. Dauterive, Elyssa Schultz and Walter Block. 2004.  "The Feminist Competition/Cooperation Dichotomy: A Critique," Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 55, No. 3, December, pp. 241-252;


Whitehead, Roy, Walter Block and Lu Hardin. 1999. “Gender Equity in Athletics: Should We Adopt a Non-Discriminatory Model?” The University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, Winter, pp. 223-249;;


Whitehead, Roy and Walter Block. 2002. “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Property Rights Perspective,” University of Utah Journal of Law and Family Studies, Vol. 4, pp.226-263;


Whitehead, Roy and Walter Block. 2004. “The Boy Scouts, Freedom of Association and the Right to Discriminate: A Legal, Philosophical and Economic Analysis,” Oklahoma City Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 3, Fall, pp. 851-882;


Williams, Walter, E. 1982. The State Against Blacks, New York, McGraw-Hill.

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wombatron replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 5:57 PM

With all due respect, Prof. Block, why are you posting this here?

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With all due respect, Prof. Block, why are you posting this here?

I think the idea is to show a few good places to start research on the subject of race, IQ, etc.

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