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What David Lloyd Sutton called a "deliciously irreverent collection" of insightful articles in his review for the San Francisco Book Review proves that political, social and cultural opinionizing can be both fun-provoking and thought-provoking at once.


Want to understand economics? Don't study Keynes or Hayek, study Scrooge McDuck. Want to know how government causes rather than curbs chaos? Don't ask your officious office-holder, ask your neighbor. Want to know how nanny state political correctness really works? Don't research the past, research the future. Want to read a book review review? (That's not a typo). Don't read those cranky conventional critics, read a Reed Review. Want to understand the real meaning of "bipartisans?" Don't consult your dictionary, consult Selected Salvos: "If we Democrats and Republicans work together to divvy up taxpayer booty we can both buy partisans."


This is "Fun&Freedom" stuff stuffed into twenty articles and a mere 76 pages for some quick reads, quick insights and quick laughs.




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Bus stop: Libertarian's Glass for Governor tours North Texas

The Kathie Glass for Governor Bus Tour rolled into North Texas over the weekend and will roll out again in another few days on its history-making tour of Texas. Glass is making a stop in Allen tonight, June 26 at 7:00 pm where she will be speaking to a gathering of the Allen Area Patriots...



Quinn Eaker: From Garden of Eden to Libertarian Party

What does an easygoing alternative lifestyle guy do when his space is invaded by the establishment? Simple; he invades the establishment in return...



Texas LP candidate training comes to DFW

They're doing it again. The Libertarian Party of Texas has scheduled a Candidate Training Seminar at DFW Airport Marriott South Hotel for Saturday, June 14. The reason? "This year," say LP officials, "there will be 132 Libertarian candidates on ballots across Texas" meaning that many of those office-seekers will be newbies...



Libertarians will speak at NORML Conference

The Second Annual Texas Regional NORML Conference scheduled for June 6-8 in Ft. Worth is touted as "the premier networking event for cannabis activists" that will include speakers, panels, screenings, prizes, and parties for the purpose of promoting marijuana and hemp legalization in Texas...



The Young Jerks: Gun rights vs gun frights

Libertarians acknowledge that intelligent, thoughtful people have legitimate concerns about their fellow citizens carrying guns, either concealed or openly. But while many insist on what they call sensible or responsible gun control almost always see an upside for their position but rarely if ever see the downside.





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When privatization isn't privatization

Joe Kent, a Hawaiian Libertarian running for US Congress, recently wrote a glowing report for the International Society for Individual Liberty on a town that privatized "everything." But this isn't privatization by libertarian standards. It's what even Kent admits is "outsourcing," or even worse, "the public private partnership platform..."



It's a Police state problem, not a race problem

A blogger wrote that libertarians have a racial blind spot. He cites a recent incident, caught on a cop car's dash cam, of "a black female college professor refusing to show ID as any good libertarian would and getting thrown to the ground and arrested" by two white cops...



Anti-libertarian 'grownups' embrace political coercion, intimidation and fraud

Even though the majority of people committed to the Modern American Libertarian Movement don't see Rand Paul as particularly "libertarian," anti-freedom ideologues are desperately eager to use him as their straw man to vilify the entire Movement...



Can the 4th of July become a Libertarian Phoenix?

Another year of expanded government domestic spying, expanded global empire overreach, expanded police state with its growing incarceration rates, expanded micromanagement of Americans' private lives and we pause once again to mark a tradition known as The 4th of July...



Who is John Galt? Post a Post-it on every post and post office

Objectivists, libertarians, right wing conservatives, those three holdout liberal civil rights champions and all Ayn Rand fans know that Round Three of the 3-part Atlas Shrugged movie is scheduled to arrive in theaters September 12...


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Your work keeps getting better and better.  Keep it up!

This writer, Garry Reed, is a prolific Libertarian who has taught me so much. He is an analytical thinker and a sparky writer.

I love your stuff.  Please keep writing.

Your articles are an inspiration. I am so glad you find the time to write them, I will always find the time to read them.

Thanks for the great reporting. I am a lifetime registered Republican. I am very angry with all the politicians. I have voted republican all my life, but things are really changing now. The more I read your articles and listen to the media, the more I think I'm a Libertarian. I also consider myself a Conservative and an Independent.

Damn you, Garry! I'm too busy as it is, and now I have to stop and read your posts whenever they show up, because they are just that good. Hopefully lots of people who aren't already members of the choir are reading these too!




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