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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Indeed. Pick your poison.

Liberty magazine has been one of my favorites for around 20 years. It analyzes events -- current and historic -- with a libertarian editorial eye and pen. Libertarians mostly adhere to the idea that no one -- not a mugger in an alley nor a group of suits in some capitol building -- has the right to initiate force or commit fraud to achieve personal or political goals.

Neither the Republican nor Democratic Parties' platforms mentions protecting the sovereign rights of presumably informed people to cut deals with each other, or with themselves. The Libertarian Party's platform mentions little else.

The probable most-read section each month is a section called "Reflections," wherein a dozen or so contributing editors each submits a 100-1200 word rant (or two) on something that has caught his/her attention recently. A little like a blog topic without the immediate feedback available on the web.

From the June issue of LIBERTY ("Reflections" section):

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