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One More Thing

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Dear Subscriber,

Oops, I should have also included a link to the panel discussion at
Libertopia, with Stefan Molyneux, Marc Stevens, and Butler Shafer
(and me). So here's the link to that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xEZiQOKJTs



Larken Rose
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Seeing the Future

" Here it
is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnfH8ttsd58



Larken Rose
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10,000 Miles

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Dear Subscriber,

Late last night my family arrived home, safe and sound, after a
road trip across the country that ended up being over 10,000 miles.
Again, thanks a zillion to those who made this trip possible. After
I frantically catch up on a few zillion things, I'll have plenty to
say.

Sincerely,


Larken Rose
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A Farewell from Fascists

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Dear Subscriber,

Tomorrow I leave for Libertopia. Today, a half dozen federal
fascists showed up at my house unannounced. Details at eleven.

Actually, details right now, from my article on Freedom's Phoenix:

http://tinyurl.com/farewellfromfascists



Larken Rose
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A Momentous Occasion


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Dear Subscriber,

It was only a little over ten years ago when I thought it was so
impressive and cool whenever FOUR whole anarcho-capitalists were in
the same place at the same time! It would be an understatement to
say that back then we voluntaryist/anarchists were few and far
between. We were the fringe of the fringe, the minority of the
minority of the minority. Constitutionalists were "right-wing
extremists," libertarians were "fringe kooks," but we were so far
outside the mainstream that there wasn't even an insult for us.

Fast forward to 2011. Suddenly, the idea of a stateless society is
showing up all over the place. Now, I won't pretend this is a
scientific proof of anything, but in 1996, I knew maybe six people
who dared to wear the label "anarchist," and now I've probably
heard from six thousand or so. Once upon a time, the most radical
political discussion you'd hear almost anywhere was a debate on
whether to have 10% "draconian cuts" in "government" spending. Now
you don't have to look very hard to find educated, intelligent
people (and that rules me out) addressing questions such as, "Do we
need government at all?"

Sure, voluntarists are still a very small minority of a population.
Even if we've grown exponentially, what does it matter, if we're
still a fraction of one percent of the country? The reason it
matters is called "momentum." As someone who used to do tree work,
I know that when a hundred-foot tree goes from being straight up,
to leaning a few degrees, it's time to clear the area. And the
"tree" of statism, as tall and strong as it may still appear, is
now leaning. A lot.

Now, I don't want to boast or gloat (well, maybe a little), but a
few of us have been publicly hacking away at the roots of statism
for years, even back when 99% of pro-freedom activists were saying
we were crazy. (When the fringe kooks call you a fringe kook,
that's really saying something.)

Then again, others have been bashing the foundations of state-
worship long before any of us current rabble-rousers were even
born. Poor Nock, Spooner, Bastiat, et al. They spent their lives
throwing the truth at a world of people who, for the most part,
didn't listen. I wonder what those olden-day rabble-rousers must
have thought about the future of mankind. Was there any hope of
humanity ever giving up the lunacy and destruction of statism?
Well, I'll tell you this: If Nock, Spooner, Bastiat, et al, were
alive today, you can bet they would be at Libertopia later this
month.

People love to throw around terms like "historic," but I really do
believe that things are happening now which, in the future, will be
recognized as hugely significant, quantum leaps forward in human
civilization. Heck, some day there might be a memorial at the site
of Libertopia, where people come to honor the beginning of the end
of the cult of "government." And I'm only half joking.

Okay, I'll stop ranting. But I strongly encourage anyone who can
(and even some who can't) to find a way to be at Libertopia, in San
Diego, this October 21st through the 23rd. As far as I can tell, it
will be the biggest gathering of anarchists and voluntaryists ever.
That's why I'm driving several thousand miles to get there. (And
thanks again to those on this e-mail list for making that
possible.) To find out more, or to register, visit:

http://www.libertopia.org/




Larken Rose
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(P.S. Since I hit the road Friday, I won't be nagging you about
this again. So consider yourself officially nagged.)

Yeah, What He Said!

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Dear Subscriber,

As you may have noticed, I hardly ever "forward" anything to this
list. Yes, there are lots and lots of things out there worth
reading or watching, but if I told you about every one--or even
every one I happened to find--you'd get a zillion messages a day
from me. But this one I think is worth sending. It's a podcast of
Stefan Molyneux's recent appearance on the "Freedom's Frenzy" radio
show. It speaks for itself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpYUAucm1ZI

I've said before, and I wasn't kidding: After watching a few videos
of Stefan's, I almost decided to retire from trouble-making. He
does such a good job of getting the message of true liberty out
there, that I almost felt like it would be okay for me to shut up
and just let him do it. However, as it happens, I seem to be
incapable of NOT rabble-rousing. I cant stop! I'm addicted! So no,
I won't be shutting up, but it sure is nice to feel like I'm not
the only one in the world saying these things, which is how I felt
ten years ago. (It's gotten to the point where I'm not sure which
ideas and phrases I "borrowed" from Stefan, and which he "borrowed"
from me, if any. Either way, it's nice to hear others saying it,
too.)

Sincerely,


Larken Rose
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P.S. I still think that in the name of fairness, some of Stefan's
British accent should be taken from him by force and redistributed
to me, according to my neeeeeeeed. If I had a British accent, it
might give the illusion that I'm respectable and educated. Nah,
heck with that. I'll stick with my uncivilized, fire-breathing,
enemy-of-the-state rabble-rouser status.