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Don't buy a Pentium III!
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Land Mine Legislation
with a postscript from Claire Wolfe
... and don't miss the essays by Patricia Neill at Wolfe's Lodge.
... or Claire's new weekly column in the WorldNet Daily.
Drug War Update
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming....
Goodrich for Congress in
Alabama's Fifth District
I'm Craig Goodrich,
the 1996 Libertarian candidate for US Congress here in the Fifth
District (a 40-mile-wide strip across the top of the state), and I'm
stopped by. The 1996 election is over with, but so far it doesn't seem
to have changed anything. The '98 elections are over with, too, and they seem to have changed even less.
Can the Republicans really be as dumb as they seem? So I'm still here, getting an early start for 1998 2000.
Something has gone terribly wrong in Washington. Our government was founded on the
principles that all men have certain inalienable rights -- life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness -- and that the purpose of government is to secure these rights.
Yet nowadays many Americans believe that our Federal government is the greatest
threat to our lives, our liberty, and our property.
This must be stopped.
- Government taxation at all levels takes nearly half our income (47%); two-thirds
of this take is Federal. Regulatory costs add a drag of at least three-quarters of
a trillion dollars to the economy; according to some economists, these costs double
the price of everything we buy. In effect, the government is making us earn more than $4 just so
we can buy $1 worth of goods.
- Our freedoms are being stripped away bit by bit. In the Bill of Rights, not one
of the 10 articles remains intact, and some -- like the Second, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments --
are hanging by the slenderest of threads, waiting for a power-hungry Congress to
pass some new "anti-drug"
or "anti-terrorism" bill which our politically-correct
Supreme Court is unlikely to overturn.
- The very lives of peaceful American citizens are put at risk by a Federal "law enforcement"
bureaucracy completely out of control. In the name of enforcing a 1934 law ostensibly passed to
protect people from lawless thugs with machine guns, the Federal government sent
a gang of lawless thugs with machine guns to attack a peaceful group of citizens in
their church in Waco, Texas. Such abuses occur every day; Waco was simply the most
spectacular and widely-publicized.
Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are really interested in even taking the first
steps toward the radical reduction of the Federal role in American life that restoration
of our freedom will require. Both are too intimidated by the wine-and-cheese Washington
special interest groups and the
mass media to do more than propose innocuous but nice-sounding "reforms," which
never accomplish anything except to spend more of your money and make another point
in a reelection-time TV commercial.
The Libertarian Party, America's third-largest party, has never wavered in its
advocacy of individual liberty and individual
responsibility, at all times and on all issues, without exception.
If you've never heard much about libertarianism before, you may wonder about
who we are and what we believe. I hope you'll be my guest at this site
long enough to find an answer, and I hope you find that answer satisfying.
Here are several position papers I've written to emphasize my own views
on subjects of concern to all of us. They were written for the 1996 campaign,
so events may have overtaken some of them, but my opinions haven't changed:
- The Social Security mess.
- The Welfare mess.
The Assault Weapon Ban -- and related issues.
Trotting along into the Next Century -- what have
- AP Candidate's Questionnaire covering numerous
current "hot topics."
An op-ed about censorship, politicians, and boogymen.
Another essay about internet censorship and politicians, which
I wrote for posting to the 24 Hours anti-censorship project.
- Finally, the obligatory personal stuff to show
I'm really a pretty normal guy with a nice
- Recent Rants, columns for Huntsville's
Rant magazine and other miscellaneous stuff:
- The Fixers in Washington have decided
— probably correctly — that free speech is a menace to politics [Rant, September 97]
- Cynicism and Apathy in flyover country [Rant, October 97]
- Billy Clinton goes Latin, but it doesn't help much [Rant, November 97]
- Happy Holidays, comfort and joy [Rant, December 97]
- New Year's Revolutions and some turkeys [Rant, January/February 1998]
- Wag the Bulldog -- What's Arabic for "The Redcoats are coming"? [Rant, March 1998]
- The 1913 Hull Disaster -- Less than a year after the Titanic, a
much worse catastrophe: millions suffer every April 15 [Rant, April 1998]
- Doubleplusgood, Donald -- With the help of a prominent
movie star and Macy's, the world is made forever safe for the government... [Rant, June 1998]
- Java Madness -- Murad for Senate! Did you know Henry Waxman
is really Czar Michael Feodorovitch in disguise? No? Ever seen them together? [Rant, July/August 1998]
- Bimbo Deconstruction -- In the spirit
of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we help the press with its Attention Deficit Disorder...
[Rant, November 1998]
- Blowing Smoke -- The persecution and assassination of Joe Camel and other innocents,
as practiced by the cronies of your friendly state politicians....
[Rant, December 1998]
- Agoraphobia in Tomorrowland -- Al Gore, with the
charisma of a tree stump, and Pat Buchanan, with the voice of a chainsaw,
are really brothers under the, er, bark....[Rant, January/February 1999]
- Sorry, Charley! -- even a firm Constitutionalist like Charley Reese can get it all wrong.
- Quarrelling with a conservative Republican.
- Drug War Update, June 2, 1998
One of the best general introductions to libertarianism on the Web is
the Libertarian FAQ
by the Advocates for Self-Government.
To learn more about the Libertarian Party and our views on current
issues, take a look at our official
Philosophy and Positions. Another good introduction is Cato Institute President
David Boaz' new book Libertarianism: A Primer.
You may also enjoy browsing around these sites, which are among my personal favorites:
- Get the excellent (and free) file and email encryption
program PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) now
while you still can! And while you're at the site, be sure to check out their
privacy links page.
- The film Waco:
The Rules of Engagement was shown at the Sundance Film Festival,
and is now showing at selected theaters around the country.
- The Libertarian
Enterprise, an uncompromising e-zine of libertarianism.
- Novelist L.Neil
Smith's Webley Site -- forthright essays on liberty and the right to
- The Nockian
Society -- Albert J. Nock's dispassionately savage writings on the
nature and activities of government.
- Open Source Software evangelist Eric S. Raymond's Libertarianism FAQ
- The Moody Loner's Guide to Economics, by Stephen French
- The Future of Freedom Foundation
- The Cato Institute -- the most prolific and influential
libertarian think-tank in the world, with authoritative, factual studies
online covering every current public
issue. Read Cato's analysis of the proposed "tobacco settlement", or
a shorter summary. Find out what's
really behind the
"global warming" hoax.
Superb short essays on campaign finance "Reform",
the National Endowment for the Arts,
the imperial presidency,
the recycling scam,
and nearly every other current issue are available in Cato's
- Recent commentary by Vin Suprynowicz, a
libertarian Las Vegas journalist and editor.
- Bryan Caplan's page at George Mason (he finished at Princeton),
a collection of thought-provoking studies and essays on
anarcho-capitalism. (Find out how Bryan's
Museum of Communism is coming along.)
- Still at Princeton, though, is Sean
Strasburg's Cry Freedom!
- The International Society for Individual Liberty,
which has put many of their excellent pamphlets online.
- The Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn, an
educational organization promoting the valuable insights of the Austrian school of economics. For
example, check out fascinating articles on the economics of the
safety standards, or even
football by our senatorial candidate Mark Thornton,
or articles on the Federal Reserve
and Social Security by
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., president of the Institute.
- The Auburn Libertarian Club.
- The Tuscaloosa Libertarian Committee.
- The Gadsden Area Libertarians.
- Join the Alabama LP Mailing List
- Finally, Free-Market for one of
the best collections of Libertarian links on the Web.
Craig Goodrich for US Congress
Mark Thornton for US Senate
Harry Browne for President
HTML by the candidate himself. Vote to put this
artistic and technical genius to work for you in the struggle against the Feral Evil Empire.
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find any anomalies (with any modern browser) or broken links. Thanks.