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[fRtF] 10/13 - Are You a Libertarian Writer?

While we have a fine article this week on Republican sex scandals, the front page is being dedicated to finding more authors to satisfy your cravings for truth, ethics, and the original American way. In other news, our Authors now have the capability to run Blogs on 'from Reason to Freedom' ( ), so I've added a new newsletter section for interesting blog posts from the last week as well. Best Regards All, MJ

Are You a Libertarian Writer? (and want to be paid for it?)

Are you a libertarian writer who can produce an article on roughly a weekly or biweekly basis?  And you would like to get paid for it?  Would you rather use your time writing and thereby spreading the libertarian message than learning search engine optimization techniques (SEO), researching revenue generation methods, understanding visitor acquisition techniques, or devoting time to marketing?

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For Life

It’s a clever advert. It creates a string of powerful associations, to do with mountains, fresh air, clarity and sunlight. It makes feeling better a matter of owning a car. Even so, I wonder how many people have gone out and spent £26,225 on a new Volvo because of it.
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Memories of a Free Festival

"So what is a free festival? "It's a party. It's a camping trip. It's a social gathering. It's a spiritual occasion. It's a celebration. It's a political protest. It's a rally...."

Statement on HR 609, the "Academic Bill of Rights," by US Rep. Ron Paul

Mr. Speaker, anyone needing proof that federal funding leads to federal control should examine HR 609, the "College Access and Opportunity Act." HR 609 imposes several new federal mandates on colleges, and extends numerous existing mandates. HR 609 proves the prophetic soundness of warnings that federal higher education programs would lead to federal control of higher education.

The Shape of Things To Come

"But, my fellow Americans, these are dark and drastic times. And drastic times demand drastic measures.

In order to combat this unprecedented threat against our great nation – unprecedented steps must be taken.

And so, effective immediately, I have issued Executive Order 1000 – General Martial Law."

Searching for a New Direction, by US Rep. Ron Paul

The Abramoff scandal has been described as the biggest Washington scandal ever: bigger than Watergate; bigger than Abscam; bigger than Koreagate; bigger than the House banking scandal; bigger than Teapot Dome. Possibly so. It’s certainly serious and significant.

It has prompted urgent proposals of suggested reforms to deal with the mess. If only we have more rules and regulations, more reporting requirements, and stricter enforcement of laws, the American people will be assured we mean business. Ethics and character will return to the halls of Congress. It is argued that new champions of reform should be elected to leadership positions, to show how serious we are about dealing with the crisis of confidence generated by the Abramoff affair. Then all will be well. But it’s not so simple. Maybe what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg, an insidious crisis staring us in the face that we refuse to properly identify and deal with.

Free Speech and Dietary Supplements, by US Rep. Ron Paul

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Health Freedom Protection Act. This bill restores the First Amendment rights of consumers to receive truthful information regarding the benefits of foods and dietary supplements by codifying the First Amendment standards used by federal courts to strike down the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to censor truthful health claims. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) from censoring truthful health care claims.

The American people have made it clear they do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to dietary supplements, yet the FDA and the FTC continue to engage in heavy-handed attempts to restrict such access. The FDA continues to frustrate consumers’ efforts to learn how they can improve their health even after Congress, responding to a record number of constituents’ comments, passed the Dietary Supplement and Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). FDA bureaucrats are so determined to frustrate consumer access to truthful information that they are even evading their duty to comply with four federal court decisions vindicating consumers’ First Amendment rights to discover the health benefits of foods and dietary supplements.

Supreme Court Justice Appointees

Saturday Night (7/2/05) I spent most of the night listening to the American people's discussions on the appointment of another Supreme Court Judge.  As far as our American opinions go it comes down to whether the Government has the right to step into our personal choices or whether the individual still keeps his freedoms.

Freedom: It's the Law, Part 1

The biggest telltale of our loss of fundamental liberties is the longstanding war on drugs.  That officially corrupt and venal megasystem of prohibition and punishment has resulted in an outrageous loss of life, liberty, and property of millions of Americans.  Collateral damage—exclusive of drive-by shootings of children, gang warfare destroying neighborhoods, police predation—amounts to $500 billion annually.

Statement on the Flag Burning Amendment, by US Rep. Ron Paul

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this resolution. The process may well be legal, but it is unwise.

The problem is minimal. This is more like a solution in search of a problem. We just do not need to amend the Constitution for such a tiny problem.

It was stated earlier that this is the only recourse we have since the Supreme Court ruled the Texas law unconstitutional. That is not true. There are other alternatives.

Texas Cheerleader Sex Scandal

Evidently, the state lately has been experiencing an epidemic of strippers masquerading as pompom girls at high schools with relaxed moral standards.  These girls were probably touching themselves (or one another!) or otherwise gesturing in a manner to suggest "putting it through the uprights" was something to be hotly anticipated off the field as well as on.

On the Road Again, Part 1

In these days of the American national security state's (NSS's) multicolored alerts, the idea of road travel as a single man across state lines can take on an increasingly revolutionary hue  Plus, I have to ask myself, "Why am I taking a road trip to Texas from Michigan?"

Don't Let the FDA Block Access to Needed Health Care Information, by US Rep. Ron Paul

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Health Information Independence Act. This Act restores the right of consumers to purchase the dietary supplements of their choice and receive accurate information about the health benefits of foods and dietary supplements. The Act restricts the Food and Drug Administration’s power to impede consumers access to truthful claims regarding the benefits of foods and dietary supplements to those cases where the FDA has evidence that a product poses a threat to safety and well-being, or that a product does not have a disclaimer informing consumers that the claims are not FDA-approved.

Claims that could threaten public safety, or that are marketed without a disclaimer, would have to be reviewed by an independent review board, comprised of independent scientific experts randomly chosen by the FDA. Anyone who is (or has been) on the FDA's payroll is disqualified from serving on the board. The FDA is forbidden from exercising any influence over the review board. If the board recommends approval of a health claim, then the FDA must approve the claim.