by Jeff Chan
If you have WWW access, please see the WWW version of this file: http://rkba.org/libertarian/libertarian.html
This file was split off from my firearms.faq.html in an attempt to keep each page more focussed on a particular topic. Please see that page for firearms information. For descriptions of the different types of resources such as ftp, telnet, and WWW see services.html or click on the headings below.
Unlike my firearms.faq, this file does not attempt to be comprehensive. It does however list many resources with interesting material and starting points into the libertarian Web.
The Libertarian Party and libertarianism are unique. They are the only ones to consistently support your freedom from a reasoned, principled, philosophical and ethical basis. Democrats and Republicans both use the government to enact social change (i.e. control your life); they just happen to have slightly different agendas. The result of their left-right pendulum swings is that government power grows and our freedom is diminished. Only libertarians believe you, not the government, are best suited to decide how to run your life, including choosing whether and what kind of arms to own.
A good description of libertarianism ironically came when the IRS granted Advocates for Self-Government's 501c(3) non-profit tax-exempt status:
Libertarianism is a philosophy. The basic premise of libertarianism is that each individual should be free to do as he or she pleases so long as he or she does not harm others. In the libertarian view, societies and governments infringe on individual liberties whenever they tax wealth, create penalties for victimless crimes, or otherwise attempt to control or regulate individual conduct which harms or benefits no one except the individual who engaged in it.
libernet is for announcements of interest to libertarians. libernet-d is the discussion list. Discussion should only be sent to libernet-d, never to libernet. Both lists offer digests. To subscribe to libernet send a message:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: subscribe libernet
For more info about the list, send a message to the same address with "info (listname)" as the message text. For help, send a message to the same address with "help" as the message.
To subscribe, send a message:
To: email@example.com or To: firstname.lastname@example.org subscribe as the mesage body. Documentation for BestServ, the mailing list software used for firearms-alert can be found at: http://www.best.com/ faq/bestserv/bestserv1.html
Paul L. Studier (email@example.com) reports: "The Libertarian Party of Orange County now has its own mailing list.... To subscribe, send email:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: your_email_address Subject: ADD your_email_address LPOC(endquote)"
The last 5 days of digests for libernet (the announcement list) and libernet-d (the discussion list) are available.
Ian Geldard (email@example.com) announced on libernet July 19, 1994 that several of the excellent essays from the Libertarian Alliance (U.K.) are now available via FTP at the address above.
My libertarian archive has files collected from libernet, from the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL), Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Libertarian Party (LP), and others. It can be reached using either ftp or WWW.
Click here for James A. Donald's (firstname.lastname@example.org) "collection of files related to liberty, the right to bear arms, and the like. It contains mostly ancient philosophy rather than fast breaking news."
See help on accessing my archive using ftp in: "ftp://ftp.rkba.org/public_html/how or http://rkba.org/how". Using the other ftp sites is similar.
Frequently asked questions about libertarianism and a list of libertarian organizations.
At Rich Thomson's suggestion here is a link to the Libertarian Student Clubs WWW Network, which also resides at MIT: http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/libertarians/lscwn.html
The MIT Libertarians have a home page at: http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/libertarians/home.html. Their "Goodlinks" page lists other libertarian WWW URLs: http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/libertarians/goodlinks.html
Says Chuck Kocian (email@example.com): "The College Libertarians at Bradley University have a home page at http://lydia.bradley.edu/libertarian We are converting the plain text documents to hypertext and have links to several other interesting sites."
According to Joe Dehn (firstname.lastname@example.org): The general LP URL (if you want to refer to simply "the Libertarian Party") is:
http://www.lp.org/lp/ Other useful ones: Platform http://www.lp.org/lp/platform/ Program http://www.lp.org/lp/program/ National Office ftp://ftp.digex.net/pub/access/lphq/lphq.html Affiliate Parties http://www.lp.org/lp/lp-aff.html Candidates http://www.lp.org/lp/lp-cand.html Also note that you can point to individual Platform planks using a URL like: http://www.lp.org/lp/platform/trtkaba.html
Harry Browne is a renowned financial author and libertarian advocate. You can reach him by email at: email@example.com Check out his Campaign for President Web page at: http://www.rahul.net/browne
Also from Joe Dehn, "Following are URLs for WWW pages providing information on LP activities in California:"
Information on the Libertarian Party of California can be found in: http://www.lp.org/lp/ca/lpc.html
The Home Page of the Missouri Libertarian Party includes campaign info, newsletter, platform, events, links to local LP groups.
The International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL) is a libertarian outreach and education organization. They have a series of excellent pamphlets on important issues of the day. These make for very convenient, well-written handouts. Contact ISIL for paper reprints, provided at just about cost.
Scott Banister (firstname.lastname@example.org) of College Libertarians of UIUC has converted most of these to html. As such they make convenient, concise WWW URLs on a number of topics including guns, drugs, immigration, asset forfeiture, free trade, health care, and why freedom is a Good Thing (tm).
These pamphlets are also available in plaintext from my site at: http://rkba.org/libertarian/isil/pamphlets
I've copied most of the contents of their BBS (415 864-0908) into http://rkba.org/libertarian/isil/
The Advocates for Self-Government are a libertarian educational and outreach organization. Among their excellent grassroots projects is Operation Politically Homeless which includes using the World's Smallest Political Quiz (http://www.self-gov.org/quiz.html) to show people there's an important alternative to the conventional left-right political model. Includes a Libertarian FAQ.
Scott Bannister seems to have created a Web page for Cato. Great going Scott!
Another great libertarian organization, "The Future of Freedom Foundation is a tax-exempt, educational foundation that presents an uncompromising moral, philosophical, and economic case for individual freedom, private property, and limited government."
Rich Thomson (email@example.com) announced on libernet June 27, 1994 that he has put a Laissez-Faire Books World-Wide Web page on-line. Browse through the catalog of books available through Laissez-Faire Books on the web! Includes some reviews. A quick summary of Laissez-Faire books (taken from the web page):
For just over 20 years, Laissez-Faire has been a central source for libertarian books and tapes. We carry a wide selection of books on liberty... authors such as Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson, Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard, H.L. Mencken, Dave Barry, P.J. O'Rourke, Thomas Sowell, Thomas Szasz, Milton Friedman and many others... we offer books on education, the Founding Fathers, drug policy, objectivism, philosophy, gun control, economics, free-market health care, science fiction, humor, politics, investment, and much more.
Includes links to many libertarian organizations. "Connect with the international libertarian movement."
The goal of the Objectivism WWW Service is to make Objectivism-related information available to WWW users. There are two components to this goal: first, to provide locally-sponsored content, eg. essays and bibliographies. Second, to provide pointers to other resources --both on and off the net---that may be of interest to people interested in Objectivism. [...]
The Objectivism WWW Service is being developed by a group of volunteers. If you have comments or suggestions, or if you would like to join the group of Objectivism WWW authors, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike asked 11/15/94: "I've added a link to your List of Some Libertarian Resources to my web page. I'm curious if you will reciprocate." Here is his description of his page:
Mike Huben's "Critiques of Libertarianism" page is a repository for the "Non-Libertarian FAQ" and various other resources for those who argue with libertarians. The goal isn't to smash libertarianism, but rather to raise the level of argument by disposing of the most common fallacious libertarian arguments. The viewpoints represented are an eclectic mix of socialist, anarchist, liberal, etc., and many of the arguments are compatible with various types of libertarianism.
Apparently an educational tour organized by C-SPAN tracing the steps and exploring the history of Alexis de Tocqueville's trip to America. Includes highlights and links to his famous book Democracy in America.
A newsletter with information about Libertarian TV shows and movies, including a schedule of appearances.
"The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S. to secure there a free society. We will accomplish this by first reforming state law, opting out of federal mandates, and finally negotiating directly with the federal government for appropriate political autonomy. We will be a community of freedom-loving individuals and families, and create a shining example of liberty for the rest of the nation and the world."
I don't read these regularly so I can't really comment on their content except in general terms.
I've copied most of the contents of their BBS into ftp://ftp.rkba.org/public_html/libertarian/isil/ or http://rkba.org/libertarian/isil/ but this is a handy reference for those without Internet access. Be sure to see ftp://ftp.rkba.org/public_html/libertarian/isil/general/bbs-dir.txt or http://rkba.org/libertarian/isil/general/bbs-dir.txt which is a (somewhat old) list of libertarian BBSes.
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Please include this URL (http://rkba.org/libertarian/libertarian.html) in your WWW page and help spread the word! Please email me any updates or additions.Jeff Chan (email@example.com)