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The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith. A graphic novel that you can read on-line for free. :-) Starting at Chapter 5 of The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith, the main character is transported to a world with a utopian society where, because of advances in technology that the government didn't stifle, people live to 300 years of age, there is no pollution, medical science is very advanced and seems to be able to handle anything, there are no taxes at all, even the poor can buy a new car with just a few weeks wages and a new house with only a few months worth, people seem to care about each other and smile at each other in public, there is almost no crime at all and nearly every adult is armed. Okay, so I guess that may account for at least some of the lack of crime when few people want to try to mug someone when the majority of adults are armed . . . What is it that accounted for this difference? A single word in the Declaration of Independence, where, instead of saying "governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" it said "governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the UNANIMOUS consent of the governed" which meant that if not everyone agreed to it, laws would not be passed. The paper money that the government printed up was rather worthless, so, they instead based money on things such as goods until they based it on copper, silver, and gold. No taxes taken from your paycheck, and you didn't pay taxes at the point of sale, either. No licensing or regulation. This kept costs way down! If you did something wrong, you either made restitution or your name and picture was seen on every personal computer, and nobody wanted to do business with you.
Article 19. Haven't been able to get this one to work for a while. Just won't load for some reason. Maybe it'll clear up soon.
Jello Biafra. This guy has some very interesting things to say, though I should warn you that he tends to cuss at times. Very informative, interesting and entertaining. I liked what I heard so much, I bought a couple of his spoken word albums (if you want to buy one, too, I'd advise getting the latest release you can find, because the info in it will be more up to date). :-) If you have RealPlayer installed on the computer you're using, you can click on the following links to listen to some of what he has to say. Here's some of the more interesting RealPlayer files I've found on the Web. Every Home a Prison (song). Grow More Pot (spoken). I Have a Dream (spoken).
THE LIBERATOR ONLINE.
Libertarian answers for some of the major (and a few of the minor) problems in today's society.
Advocates for Self-Government. They even have a list of celebrities that have identified themselves as being Libertarian. The list includes (I'm just naming a few of them here) Drew Carey, Tommy Chong (of "Cheech and Chong"), Clint Eastwood (I totally agree with what he says about government. It's a pretty sick society that has agents of the government that would shoot a 14 year old kid in the back and a woman holding a child in her arms!), Penn Jillette (of the magic and comedy act Penn and Teller), John Larroquette (he was the male lawyer on the show Night Court. My favorite characters on that show were Bull Shannon because of some of his one-liners and Christine Sullivan played by Markie Post (though she isn't included in the list of celebrities, I don't think. She may not even be Libertarian) because she had a nice smile), Russell Means (he was an actor in Last of the Mohicans and Pocahontas), Aaron Russo, Kurt Russell (an actor. He starred in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Tango and Cash, Backdraft, Escape from New York, Stargate, Executive Decision, et cetera), Howard Stern, Dave Barry (from the Dave's World TV comedy show), P.J. O'Rourke, Baloo (a cartoonist), Dr. Demento, Neal Peart (Drummer and chief lyricist for the rock band Rush. I've been wondering why some of the lyrics sounded so right to me. Kinda reminded me of the song Two Hangmen that I hear very rarely on the radio), John Popper (lead signer and harmonica player in the rock group Blues Traveler), Doug Bandow, David Friedman, Milton Friedman, Libertarians on the air (this may take you a few seconds to load but you can read it while you're waiting), James Bovard (I've been reading some of his books, and they're very eye-opening!), Harry Browne (ran for president in 1996. Americans voted in Clinton instead. Ugh! Next time, maybe they'll use their brains and vote Libertarian, but then I remember what was said about the voter's memory), Robert Ringer, Robert A. Heinlein (Or RAH to some of us. Gee, I've been reading this guy's books since I was a little kid!), J. Neil Schulman, L. Neil Smith (I've actually read one of his books (The Nagasaki Vector. It was funny and very interesting) without realizing it until I went down the list!), Ron Paul (Libertarian Congressman who actually seems to care about Liberty), Sharon Harris, and Art Bell (he's not on the list, but he joined the Libertarian party on his show (I loved his comments about the government on this page. Like this one "We're clearly heading toward a more totalitarian state," he said. "I completely distrust the government -- and everybody should. They've told lie after lie... Today, the first assumption is that what the government is telling you is a lie." No kidding! Too bad more people don't realize that) on Tiw's day, May 5th, 1998). You can even read up on some of the historical champions of Liberty like Thomas Paine and George Mason.
Banned Books On-line. Oh, yeah! You can read the books that some people don't want you to read on-line. Now this I like! It's sneaky, fun, and educational as well. :-) Can you believe that they even banned Little Red Riding Hood too?
The File Room Censorship Archive Main Page. Even has accounts of censorship in history. Got a 'no response' from this last time I tried it. I'll see if it's still working the next time I check these links.
GILC Global Internet Liberty Campaign.
Echelon Watch. Think you can make a phone call or send an (un-encrypted) e-mail and keep your privacy? Guess again!
Freedom and Rights. Nice comments here on our rapidly vanishing freedom and what you might be able to do to stop it. I just hope it works because I see very bad things ahead. :-(
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) I strongly urge you to try this one and possibly even subscribe to their EPIC Alert e-mail biweekly newsletter.
The Libertarian Party The only one I know of that respects the rights of the individual!
Other Good Libertarian Links
Ann Beeson. A true champion of Freedom!!! I love this lady's spirit! We need a lot more like her if we ever hope to have a chance of becoming a truly free country!!! Hmm... Can we clone her? ;-)
World's Smallest Political Quiz Find out which political party thinks along the same lines that you do. It's extremely helpful if you're tired of the two party system that acts like a one party system. I can't tell these guys apart sometimes they're so alike! :-(
Big Brother Inside. The PIII or Pentium III chip (along with the PII or Pentium III chip) and how it can be used to help people monitor your every move on the Internet.
CNET Features - How To - Beat Big Brother! How to protect your email with encryption. (wasn't working for some reason last time I tried it, and just re-directed to Cnet's main page. Don't know what's up with that) This explains why you really should encrypt your e-mail and how very, very easy it is. :-) I've got PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) myself, and I've been using it, though most people don't. I guess people either don't mind that all of their e-mails can be read (like a postcard or a letter that has no envelope) at any stop along the way until it's delivered (I think it's illegal to do it, but some people may just take pleasure in snooping into other's private lives), or they think it's too hard to do it. Believe me, it's easy to use PGP now! It even has plug-ins that allow you to encrypt e-mail messages with a single press of a button if you're using some of the more popular e-mail programs. Even if you're not. it's still pretty easy. You can read for yourself exactly how easy it is on my E-mail Privacy / PGP page if you want to protect your privacy. I give you step-by-step instructions there. :-)
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