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â€¢ LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES â€" Two candidates for public office have been brought to REASON's attention, both of whom are running on libertarian platforms (though not associated with the national Libertarian Party). Steven D. Symms, a Caldwell, Ohio, fruit grower, is running for Congress as a Republican, dedicated to "less government regulation and controls and a massive return to private enterprise." Symms states that "What this country needs is to respect property and human rights and to strive for maintaining free entry into the market for everyone. No favorites, no free lunches, and no exceptions."
In Poughkeepsie, N.Y., an IBM planner has announced his candidacy for the State Assembly. Guy W. Riggs is running as a libertarian independent, challenging the outworn ideas of both major parties. His literature states that "more and more people are getting unhappy with the government as provider and overseer," and says that he "would emphasize repealing laws, not passing them. [He] would mark for repeal those laws trying to legislate charity, fairness, or morality." His literature also recommends LIBERTARIANISM by John Hospers, for those wishing to know more about his philosophy.
â€¢ TAX PROTEST RALLY
About 100 people turned out April 9 for an anti-tax rally at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Sponsored by Libertarian Alternative, a media-oriented libertarian activist group based in southern California. Several tax strikers, who are refusing to pay income tax, were on hand. Speakers included Robert LeFevre, president of Rampart College, and entrepreneur (and poet) Henry Hohenstein. The rally drew significant radio and television coverage.
â€¢ Readers may be interested in the following articles:
James Wilson, "The Dead Hand of Regulation," PUBLIC INTEREST, Fall 1971. Steven Lukes, "The Meaning of 'Individualism,' "JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS, January-March 1971, p. 45.
Gordon Tullock, "The Fisheries, Some Radical Proposals," ESSAYS IN ECONOMICS NO. 6, February 1962, available from the University of South Carolina's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Columbia, SC 29208.