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by Garry Reed

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Between September, 2009 and June, 2012 Julian Heicklen and his Tyranny Fighters were confronted, harassed, attacked, arrested, jailed and more by the very law enforcers charged with protecting their rights. Their "crime" was peacefully giving jury rights pamphlets to people on public property.


Now their stories of courage and inspiration reported by Garry Reed as the events unfolded and posted in his Libertarian News Examiner online feature in over 70 news and commentary articles have been collected in a single volume. All of the original articles are here, amplified with additional introductory notes by the author and by never before published background material from activist emails, reader comments, social media sites and reports from major media news articles.


Also included is a special bonus chapter, Julian's Jailhouse Journal, the uncut, uncensored, unedited, deeply disturbing and bitingly witty account of his confinement in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail.



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Whole lot of stereotyping going on

Everyone needs to back off from the obsessive simpleminded stereotyping that's taken root in our political and social culture...



The official poster for the 2015 DFW NORML sponsored Global Marijuana March of North Texas features this view of some of the 2,000 attendees in Ft. Worth from the successful 2014 March.

Libertarians join North Texas Marijuana March

For the third year in a row DFW NORML, the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will be staging their version of the Global Marijuana March of North Texas...



Libertarian Ed Kless: De-dismalizing the 'Dismal Science'

Ed Kless will be talking about trade in a presentation called "Economics In One Game." People who agree that economics is "The Dismal Science" should know that Kless will show you how economics can actually be fun in his interactive approach...



No country for old men, or old women

A pair of Dallas Libertarian Examiner readers in Ft. Worth had two big plans for their retirement. Having made careful investments and having stashed away sufficient funds for a comfortable life-after-work the two were ready...



If you don't submit to smart meters you're a Luddite

According to WFAA news 74-year-old Dallas resident James Humphrey Jr. died in his bedroom from a fire that likely started with his smart meter...





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How to win a debate using dishonest debate tactics

Writing for The Blaze Alasdair Denvil uses a Glenn Beck article on drug prohibition as a springboard to unwittingly demonstrate how a reasonable-sounding commentary can be corrupted through the use of intellectually dishonest debate tactics...



Interview: Zero Aggression Project takes the moral high ground

The Zero Aggression Project, a libertarian education and recruitment organization, officially launched today with version 3.0, a newly restructured website..."



Why corporatists love the minimum wage

When most libertarians rail against the minimum wage they typically channel economic arguments without realizing that corporations will survive the increases while Mom & Pop may not...

What would a libertarian country look like?

LauraKY asks on an online discussion thread "What would a libertarian country look like?" First, non-statist anarchist, voluntaryist and agorist libertarians would note that "libertarian country" is an oxymoron...



Sex, Lies and Libertarian Millennials

A topless photo of a leading libertarian activist was leaked last week and drama, accusations, recrimination, denial, excuses, charges of tasteless behavior and violations of personal trust erupted in the libertariansphere...


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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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