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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.

Geographical type: Metropolis

Latitude: 34.05° N — Longitude: 118.25° W

Area: 1,302 km²

Birthplace of

Ed Crane, Edward Harrison Crane, on 15 Aug 1944
Yuri Kochiyama, in San Pedro, on 19 May 1921
Roderick T. Long, Roderick Tracy Long, on 4 Feb 1964

Deathplace of

Benjamin M. Anderson, on 19 Jan 1949
Ray Bradbury, on 5 Jun 2012
Barbara Branden, on 11 Dec 2013
Nathaniel Branden, on 3 Dec 2014
Richard Feynman, on 15 Feb 1988
James Garner, on 19 Jul 2014
John Hospers, on 12 Jun 2011
Samuel Edward Konkin III, in West Los Angeles, on 23 Feb 2004
Peter McWilliams, on 14 Jun 2000
Franz Oppenheimer, on 30 Sep 1943
Gregory Peck, on 12 Jun 2003
Ronald Reagan, on 5 Jun 2004


How to Become a Teacher [PDF], by Robert LeFevre, The Voluntaryist, Feb 1983
Autobiographical summary of the events in LeFevre's life that led to the founding of the Freedom School, including LeFevre's relationship with Baldy Harper and the offer for him to lead the School
After World War II, and as bizarre an array of adventures as any man ever had, I found myself living in Falcon Lair, the beautiful home Rudolph Valentino had constructed. (He built the place for love, as the story had it, seeking approval from his enamorata, Natasha Rambova.) The property dominates a knoll on Bella Drive, part way up Benedict Canyon, and high above Beverly Hills. Living there with my wife, Loy, and our small son, Tom, ... I had my first opportunity to take stock of my life and to realize fully the width and breadth of the ignorance with which I was bountifully supplied.
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 ...
Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 1, by Jacob G. Hornberger, Freedom Daily, Dec 1998
Discusses patriotism, loyalty to a country, and treason, in the historical context of Texas between 1821 (as a territory of Mexico), 1836 (when it became an independent republic—not recognized by Mexico) and 1846-48 (the Mexican-American War)
Not long ago, the patriotism of Mexican-Americans was called into question at an international soccer match in Los Angeles. Anglo-Americans were outraged that Mexican-Americans booed during the playing of the American national anthem and then cheered for the Mexican, rather than the American, soccer team. what angered the Anglos was what they considered the obvious point that the Hispanic fans, by cheering for Mexico instead of the United States, were acting unpatriotically ... But patriotism can be a tricky business. Were the Mexican-American soccer fans in Los Angeles, in fact, behaving unpatriotically?
Related Topics: Government, Mexico, Texas, United States
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; includes photo of Konkin with author
In the libertarian intellectual and social scene in Los Angeles in the early '70s, everybody was from somewhere else ... [I]n 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 [Konkin] was one of the great eccentrics of the libertarian '70s and '80s. 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, Freedom Daily, 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.