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by Garry Reed

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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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TXLP candidate Robert Butler gets barbecued in Plano

Okay, wait, let's rewrite that headline. Libertarian Party of Texas candidate for Lt. Governor Robert Butler gets a fundraising barbecue dinner in his honor. Better? A dinner and a Wine & cheese reception takes place in Plano on Saturday, September 20...



We know who John Galt is: Atlas Shrugged III movie reviews

Part three of the three part movie "Atlas Shrugged III, "Who is John Galt?" is currently appearing in North Texas theaters. As was done for Atlas Part I and Part II Dallas Libertarian Examiner invited views and reviews from movie-goers. Here are a few of the best, worst, most interesting and otherwise...



"Cop Watchers" arrested for video recording Arlington TX police

Arlington, Texas has joined the long list of American cities where police officers arrest people for standing on public property and video recording officers carrying out their public duties in public places...



Exciting September for North Texas Libertarians

Movies, parades, balloons, guns and red light cameras are on the agenda for the seventh month of the year. We're already into September and it's shaping up to be a busy one for libertarians in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Here's the Freedom Calendar of events as it stands at this writing...



Last chance to see 'Alongside Night' movie in Dallas

September 3 is the deadline for North Texas libertarians to bring the libertarian science fiction movie Alongside Night to the Studio Movie Grill in Dallas for a one night stand...





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Evidence shows this anti-libertarian fails his own criteria

David Robert Grimes who wrote in The Guardian that libertarian ideology "is the natural enemy of science" fails his own litmus test; he can't tell ideology from science or either from "evidence." Be forewarned that his entire argument is based on regulation...



Honoring Julian Heicklen on Jury Rights Day 2014

Everyone who believes in true justice and not just the imposition of whatever various governments have decided they want "The Law" to be should know when Jury Rights Day is and what it's all about. Jury Rights Day is celebrated every year on September 5...



Interview: Libertarian Ants and statist cockroaches

There are many ways of communicating the libertarian message of freedom to people who may have given it little thought. One way is to describe their current status as little more than mindless worker ants in a colony ruled by statist cockroaches...



JPFO vs. SAF: a gun battle of gun groups

Reports are flooding the Gunnersphere that JPFO is being "handed off to SAF." JPFO is considered the premier gun rights group because of their uncompromising position on gun ownership while SAF has been criticized for repeatedly sending out scare tactic emails that inevitably end with "Send more money!"...



Washington Redskins and the rename game

Those suffering the deep dementia known as Political Correctness continue to insist that the name "Redskins" for the NFL Washington DC team is an unacceptable slur...


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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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