Publisher's Notes


• NEW COLUMN: This month REASON inaugurates yet another new feature: Quickies, a series of trenchant observations on current inanities. The column is penned by Bill Birmingham, our resident cynic, who produces a similar column for the Santa Barbara Libertarian (of which he recently served as editor). Bill is a student of economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

• ANNOUNCEMENT: We wish to inform our readers about a firm with which REASON has had bad experience. The company is Survival USA (Walt Mann, owner, Suite 2-L Fletcher Hills, 9019 Park Plaza Dr., La Mesa, CA 92041. It ordered and received advertising space in REASON for which it did not pay. Repeated efforts to obtain payment have been fruitless. We thought our readers should be aware of this. Caveat emptor.

• MORE PUBLICATIONS: We mentioned a number of useful libertarian publications in this column in the October issue. Two additional publications which readers might enjoy are Law & Liberty and LeFevre's Journal.

Law & Liberty is a high quality newsletter published quarterly by the Law & Liberty Project of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), 1177 University Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025. Edited by Davis Keeler, the newsletter contains brief articles and book reviews dealing with the legal framework of a free society. A complimentary copy of Law & Liberty may be obtained by writing to IHS.

LeFevre's Journal is a unique, personal commentary published by anarcho-pacifist Bob LeFevre, former president of Rampart College. As discussed in the Fall 1976 issue, LeFevre's Journal opposes libertarian political activity on the premise that the use of majority rule in the political process is inherently coercive and libertarians should "not participate in processes which are immoral in themselves." While we oppose majority rule because of our belief in individual rights, we do not share LeFevre's pacifistic view on voting. We find nothing coercive in voting "No" on bond issues (if a majority votes down a bond issue, it does not prevent those who favor a particular expenditure from voluntarily financing it on their own) or in voting in favor of a candidate who consistently opposes taxation and seeks to get government off the backs of the citizenry. LeFevre's Journal is published quarterly and is available by writing Box 2353, Orange, CA 92669. There is no set subscription price, and those receiving the Journal are asked to make a voluntary contribution.

• NEW JOURNAL: The first issue of an important new journal is scheduled to appear in January 1977. Edited by Murray Rothbard, The Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review is a project of the recently formed Center for Libertarian Studies. The JLS will publish articles by libertarians and nonlibertarians in all areas of human action, including political thought, economics, sociology, education, biology and history. Further information concerning the JLS may be obtained from Rothbard at the Center for Libertarian Studies, 200 West 58th St., Suite 5D, New York, NY 10019.

• THE INCREDIBLE BREAD MACHINE: An hour-long television version of the film, The Incredible Bread Machine, has recently been completed by the Campus Studies Institute Division of World Research, Inc., 11722 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92121. This entertaining film is a dramatic and effective attack on government intervention, and has been in high demand.

Campus Studies Institute (CSI) has published a first-rate set of eleven Topic Guides which deal in depth with the main points of the film (urban renewal, social security, minimum wage, advertising, etc.) and are extremely useful for classroom study and corporate employee education programs. The original 32-minute version of the film (with the Topic Guides) is available for purchase or rental from CSI and CSI is seeking contributions to assist in getting wide exposure for the expanded television version. We suggest that REASON readers contact CSI concerning the film and to obtain a complimentary copy of their new monthly publication, Ink, which contains articles about CSI's educational activities plus other worthwhile features.

• WORLD MOVEMENT: At the LP convention in Washington, Canada's Bruce Evoy and Australian Mark Tier kicked off the "Libertarian World Society." Evoy and Tier, co-chairmen of the new society, aim to establish a means of communication and exchange of ideas between libertarians around the world. They had their first success in Washington; a Dutch girl who had no idea that there were other libertarians in Holland.

Membership, at $7 per year, will include a bi-monthly newsletter, Common Sense, to be published from January. The first issue will analyze the successes and failures of the world's four libertarian political parties. Each issue of Common Sense, says editor Tier, will list once free of charge every libertarian organization, publication, foundation and enterprise around the world—as well as announcing upcoming events—thus becoming a central source of information about the libertarian movement.

We think such an organization has a definite and important role to play. Write to Mark Tier, 1410B 24th St., Santa Monica CA 90404 for further information—and quickly if you want something included in the first issue. Mark Tier says the LWS plans to print 10,000 or more copies for distribution world-wide.