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    Writings & Articles

    The section you see here showcases news articles, editorials, and advice about any and all things anarchy and libertarian. Random applicable art forms (music, video, still art) are also available for your cerebral pleasure.

    The Written Word- Opinions and Suggestions

    • Improving America's Counter Terrorism Policy -
      By Andrew Del Vecchio. America's great War on Terror has been raging now for over half a decade. Its roots extend back into the Clinton policy of the 1990s, and back into the dark ages of the Cold War. Many concerned citizens and foreign policy experts feel that the current federal counter-terrorism policy is going too far in terms of Bill of Rights abuses and fearmongering as a way to achieve power for the Executive branch. The author believes these arguments are valid, but have already been written about (see other articles on this page). Instead, he focuses on the practical shortcomings of the war on terror, such as how to optimize the cost effectiveness of the US military, cut off their funding sources by ending the War on Drugs, and by restoring Americans' individual right to bear arms for self-defense, particularly commercial airline pilots. This one's fresh and original- give it a try!
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    • Zoning's Relationship to Social Capital -
      By Andrew Del Vecchio. "Social Capital", more commonly known as civic engagement, is essentially the voluntary social and political actions we all take to become more productive in society. Social capital is the grease that makes the economy and everyday society work. This can include things such as volunteering, political participation, involvement in clubs, etc. Zoning ordinances, on the other hand, are not so warm and fuzzy. Rather, they are politically motivated restrictions on private property that have a subtle, but important effect on healthy community involvement. This paper probes the relationship between the two, using three major US cities (San Francisco, San Diego, and Houston) as case studies.
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    • Cheaters Never Prosper-
      By Bruce Cohen. A laconic but well written critique of a certain LP supporter in Huntington Beach, CA and some inspiring commentary about what values Libertarians should have. Values - Not just for Republicans anymore! This is a good piece to read regardless of your political affiliations and, I would argue, is a good articulation of how moral citizens should behave in their everyday lives.
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    • A Nation of Cowards-
      By Jeffrey R. Snider. A long but very well researched essay about crime and why strict "gun control" does very little to make the world a safer place. Snider's logic is very sound, and he does an excellent job of addressing common arguments and misconceptions about crime, firearms, and gun violence. Definitely a good read for gun owners and non gun owners alike.
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    • Homeland Security: Foreign and Domestic Threats-
      A critique of Homeland Security and the "War on Terror". The author demonstrates how and why American national security has gotten out of hand. He then offers some simple ideas that ordinary citizens like you can use to take back your civil liberties.
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    • On The Morality of National Security-
      A critique of the new Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff from a morals and values point of view. It attempts to contrast his views and policies with that of a typical libertarian.
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    • Rolling Back Government: Lessons from New Zealand-
      A speech before George Mason University (VA) by Maurice P. McTigue, former an accomplished statesman in New Zealand. His lecture describes the ways in which the country reduced its national government by two thirds. Today, "Zunis" are becoming more prosperous and free because of it. A very tangible victory for libertarianism if I do say so myself!
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    • Anarchy & Being Autonomous In a Modern Age-
      A short introduction to Anarchy, and how it works.
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    • Fighting for Our Lives-
      A longer introduction to Anarchy, by the "CrimethINC Ex-Worker's Collective". I don't know if these guys have day jobs, but they do tend to be very good writers. Viewable as PDF, or you can order hard copies.
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    • The Common Goal of Anarchism-
      A good article from Anarchism.net about why all the infighting needs to stop. A good, short read for anyone, not just libertarians and anarchists.
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    Ideas for Activism- Hints & Tips

    • The Campaign Management How-To-
      This is the academic skinny on how the big boys in the Republican Party bribe and back-stab their way to political victory. This document was written by Frank Luntz, one of the foremost consultants on high profile campaigns. This scanned set of documents is from a seminar, but now you can read it thanks to the power of academic databases. Even if you're not running for office or promoting someone who is, this series can be of use to the activist or voter who wants to understand what kind of wool they're trying to pull over your eyes.
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      7-zip Format
    • How to Get Your Story Told-
      Very good information on how to get your organization and it's activities noticed in the popular media. Pertains to both television and print media. I picked this info packet up at a media access seminar put on by the local TV and newspaper outlets earlier this month (7/05). This file is about 6.4MB in size. I apologize for this, but that's just what happens when you scan stuff as an image, then import into a PDF without the aid of a good quality OCR...
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    • Winning Political Issues-
      Ever wondered why some of yours or others' political arguments are effective, while others seem to make your unconverted listeners even more hostile than they were to begin with? Running into such problems can be frustrating, even downright embarrassing- but take heart; everyone does it, and it's a simple problem to solve if you take the time to self evaluate. In this article, our regular contributor, Bruce Cohen, offers some good advice for winning over your opponents more easily and effectively.
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    Just Because You're Paranoid...

    • "The Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents", from Reporters Without Borders-
      A good report on the ever-growing blogging phenomenon as an avenue for political debate and the dissemination of controversial information. Covers the basics of blogging, why you should care, and how to protect your privacy when writing for the 'web.
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    • How to Use Cryptography & Anonymity On-line & On the Desktop-
      Why you should keep secret, and how to go about doing it.
      In two parts, both HTML:

      Digital Cryptography- Why & How
      Internet Anonymity- Why & How
    • Personal & Interpersonal Security-
      How To Be Invisible (Book Review)
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    • Police, The Law, and Interrogations-
      Law Enforcement Agency Investigations
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      HTML Format (Off site)
    • More on Personal Anonymity & The Oppressive State-
      How To Exit the Matrix
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      HTML Format (Off site, Requires Tor)
      HTML Format (Off site, WWW Mirror)
    • Privacy Protection for Activist Groups-
      A Practical Security Handbook for Activists and Campaigns (v.2.0)
      Available in:
      RTF Format

    History & "Society"

    • America's Great Depression, 5th Edition (2000)-
      A historical look at the Great Depression in America during the 1930s from the perspective of Austrian School economics. This baby is several hundred pages, and can be a bit dense for some. However, if you really want to get a firm handle on what the causes and effects of the Depression really were, we recommend checking this e-book out. It was originally published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute of economics, and originals can be found at that location.
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    • The U.S., International Policing, and the War Against Anarchist Terrorism (2001)-
      A historical look at the "scourge" of (mostly socialist) anarchist violence and political assassination in the US and Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author, Richard Bach Jensen, outlines the international cooperation (and lack thereof), politics, and fear-mongering tactics associated with the period, and makes some strong parallels between the "anarchist scare" of the last century and the dangerous "War on Terror" that we have in the world today. The piece is not long, but it is quite thorough, and definitely worth one's while.
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    • The Catholic 2nd Amendment [Draft] (2006)-
      A historical look at the theology and logic behind the early medieval Catholic scholar-theologians who argued for the moral acceptance and even duty of an individual or group of individuals to rebel against tyrants. This draft essay by the esteemed writer David Kopel. No, he is not related to the ever-popular TV news anchor Ted Koppel, but he does produce some newsworthy content nonetheless!
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      (See the current version here.)
    • Reinhard Heydrich: The Man Without Conscience (11/2005)-
      A biographical and analytical essay about Reinhard Heydrich, Oberstgruppenfürer-SS, boss of Adolph Eichmann, and primary architect of both the NAZI police state and the Final Solution to the "Jewish Problem". This is a good read for those among us who still believe that it is impossible for a man to posses a complete and total lack of conscience and mercy. As the philosopher-historian George Santayana famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". So learn it!
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    • The British Colonization of Australia, In Relation to Genocide (12/2004)-
      The history of the British on the Island Continent, and their effects on the native peoples. A good article, borrowed from another website ;).
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    • "9/11- Decent into Tyranny", by Alex Jones (2002)-
      Everyone agrees that September 11th, 2001 was a horrible disaster, but there is much controversy about why it happened, what it's significance is, and whether the United States and other nations are really doing what's right for their citizenry. This e-book (150+ pages) explores one explanation of the events preceding and proceeding 9/11, and concludes that the reasons and motivations were not what they might seem at first glance.
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    • "1984", by George Orwell (1949)-
      No anti-establishmentarian literary collection is complete without this tale of the classic "anti-utopia" society of the future. Is 2005 "1984"? The answer to that question is debatable, but it's an indisputable fact that it is 1984+21...
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    • "The Iron Heel", by Jack London (1908)-
      Fantastic fascism from the author of White Fang, and other books. Though it is of a very socialist nature, and is a bit long, The Iron Heel does provide a more detailed, human story about the "social apocalypse" than do other books. If you have time, be sure to check this one out.
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    • "Fahrenheit 451", by Ray Bradbury (1953)-
      Bradbury's classic tale of what the world might look like with extreme levels of censorship, in this case via the destruction of all books to keep people ignorant and subjugated.
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    • "The Gospel of Slavery", by Abel C. Thomas (1864)-
      This excellent piece of Civil War era abolitionist literature is presented in the format of an alphabet primer for young children. Each letter, A-Z, has an illustration and a short poem about one aspect of America's famed "Peculiar Institution".
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