The City of Angels

Los Angeles (Spanish for "The Angels"; Spanish: Los Ángeles), officially the City of Los Angeles and known colloquially by its initials LA, is the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the largest and most populous city in the Western United States. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial and commercial center of Southern California. Nicknamed the "City of Angels" partly because of its name's Spanish meaning, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and sprawling metropolis.

Birthplace of

Ed Crane, Edward H. Crane III, on 15 Aug 1944

Deathplace of

Barbara Branden, on 11 Dec 2013
Nathaniel Branden, on 3 Dec 2014
Samuel Edward Konkin III, in West Los Angeles, on 23 Feb 2004

Conferences and Conventions

Libertarian Party of California, Convention 2005, from 18 Feb to 20 Feb 2005


Libertarian Party of California, Liberty at Sea '06, to Ensenada, Mexico, from 24 Feb to 27 Feb 2006


Interview with Barbara Branden, by Barbara Branden, Karen Minto, Full Context, Oct 1998
Topics discussed range from her move from Los Angeles to Winnipeg and then to New Mexico, how she stopped smoking and the Showtime movie made from her book, including her impressions of Helen Mirren as Ayn Rand and Peter Fonda as Frank O'Connor
"The riots were the last straw for me. They were a nightmare, those supposedly 'spontaneous' riots. I lived quite high on a hill, and had a view of the city; from my terrace, I saw ten or twelve very large fires start almost simultaneously in widely separated areas of Los Angeles. ... And on television, I saw the concerted effort of the rioters to destroy Korea Town and everyone in it, to destroy—no, that’s too polite a way to put it, 'to kill' is exact—the most hardworking, industrious, and intelligent people imaginable, motivated of course, as mobs always are, by bitterness and envy."
Related Topic: Ayn Rand
Leonard E. Read: A Portrait, by Edmund A. Opitz, The Freeman, Sep 1998
Memorial and biographical essay, focusing mostly on Read's life before founding FEE; written for the centennial of his birth
"But there was in the Los Angeles area a small cadre of businessmen who were critical of all New Deal policies. The most articulate man in this group was W. C. Mullendore, an executive with Southern California Edison. ... The man to guide the Los Angeles Chamber ... was ... Leonard Read, who became general manager of the nation's largest Chamber in 1939 ... It was important that the Los Angeles Times was what we might call a conservative paper, which gave Read a fairly friendly press. ... Reverend James W. Fifield, minister of the 4,000-member First Congregational Church of Los Angeles ... was a foe of the New Deal ..."
Samuel Edward Konkin III, by Jeff Riggenbach, 29 Jul 2010
Biographical essay; including examination of Konkin's ideas on the Counter-Economy; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 20 July 2010
"In the libertarian intellectual and social scene in Los Angeles in the early '70s, everybody was from somewhere else. ... in the early to mid-1970s, you seldom saw an entire week go by without at least one opportunity to get together with local and visiting libertarians, especially if you were willing to drive a few miles across town or even into a neighboring county. ... Sam was one of the great eccentrics ... You've heard that it's impossible to live in Los Angeles without owning a car, getting everywhere on public transportation the way many New Yorkers do? Sam did it in L.A. for 25 years or more."
Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 1, by Jarret Wollstein, Future of Freedom, Jul 1994
Considers whether banning guns would reduce crime, citing studies, articles and statistics that show the apparent paradox that gun-control laws tend to increase crime and violence, and explores some reasons for the continued increase in violent crime
"Self-defense does work. ... During the Los Angeles riots, armed Korean merchants successfully defended their stores from looters after police retreated. Many undefended stores were burned to the ground. In Los Angeles, many neighborhoods were protected from rampaging mobs only by residents blockading their streets and brandishing guns. If guns had been illegal, their homes would have been looted and burned, and many would have been raped or killed."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Los Angeles" as of 7 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.