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Journal of Libertarian Studies

I've begun publishing full volumes of the Journal of Libertarian Studies in regular and large print. Volume 1 now available.

Difficult Challenges and Self Control

The latest edition of my "One Improved Unit" column is now online. It starts:
The last year has been, and continues to be, my greatest challenge. Increasing activity in my church, learning economics, and committing to the fight for liberty over the last 9 years were easy in comparison to the challenges I've faced this year. Those were all mostly intellectual endeavors. I got interested in various things, and followed the logic. Deciding to officially "keep the commandments" was easy because I was already keeping them. My church encourages (and for some privileges requires) abstaining from alcohol and tobacco consumption. I wasn't in the habit of either. I've had challenges with sin, and still do (don't we all?), but for the most part my choosing to have faith in God was no difficult thing. Likewise, my learning economics and the philosophy of liberty were a matter of choice, of choosing to go where they were taking me. I wasn't a thief or a mur…

Giving Thanks

My Thanksgiving column at EVC can be found here. It starts:
As a voluntaryist, there's much about our world to make me feel angry and bitter. The state is continually at war with its enemies, and its enemies include both other states and the voluntaryist ideals of freedom and free enterprise. Its wars are mostly directed toward peaceful people, camouflaged with seemingly innocent names like the "war on drugs" and the "war on poverty". But wars they are, and fought just as violently as wars against a foreign enemy. War is everywhere and all around us, though at any given moment it's virtually invisible. Make a wrong move, and the state's war will reveal itself in all its blood and horror. So just what is there for the voluntaryist to be grateful for? What is there to keep up our spirits and embolden us to continue our fight for freedom?

FEE and FFF

Both FEE.org and FFF.org have updated their websites. They're beautiful, check them out. Both have been very influential to me these last 7 years.

More Deadly Than The Atomic Bomb?

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Disgusting tyrants, all of 'em:

Strengthen the Family

Connor Boyack nails the analysis on the state's war on the family in his latest essay.

Uneasiness with the Natural and Supernatural

So one of my favorite LDS websites is finally back online: ldsphilosopher.com. Check out their latest post, sure to get the juices between your ears flowing.

The Fundamentals of Nonvoting

My latest column at Everything-Voluntary.com:
Late tomorrow night will mark the end of the latest show of the political circus here in the United States (pending another hanging-chad-like controversy). Millions will go to the polls to vote on Federal, State, and local politicians and issues. The "changing of the guard" will commence, and unpopular rulers will be replaced by new ones. If the media is any indication, most Americans participate, thereby consenting to the entire political process no matter the outcome. It is true, that "most" Americans do participate, but in actuality "most" hovers around 55%. Of all elections, roughly half vote for Democrats and the other half Republicans. That means that of everyone of voting age in the United States, 25%~ give their consent to Democrats, 25%~ give their consent to Republicans, 5%~ give their consent to a third party, and a whopping 45% keep their consent for themselves. An interesting statistic, and the p…

LPL - October Update

As of the end of October 2012, 123 libertarian and economics books have been made available in large print at LargePrintLiberty.com. LPL ended the month of September 2012 with 116 offerings.

Through the end of October, 241 books sold in the US, Europe, and Great Britain. Albert Jay Nock's Our Enemy, the State sold the most at 39 copies; followed by Murray Rothbard's For a New Liberty at 36 copies, and Ralph Raico's Great Wars and Great Leaders at 19 copies. Of the 241 books that have sold, 182 copies went to the US (dollars), 37 copies went to Great Britain (pounds), and 22 copies went to mainland Europe (euros).

I decided to take a break in October and published only 7 more books. I may or may not pick it back up in November. I have plenty more to get to, but they are not as popular as what I've already made available.