Cast a Giant Ballot: Roger MacBride Made the Libertarian Party the Most Important Third Party in America
, by Clifford F. Thies
, The Freeman
, Oct 1997
Memorial and biographical essay, discussing MacBride's influence on the early Libertarian Party as well as his involvement in the Little House
"This bleeding-heart libertarianism was the reason for the enormous success of the Little House saga that Roger MacBride advanced both through his involvement in the television series ... I remember Roger telling me of some of the conflicts between him and Michael Landon in producing the ... series ... Roger insisted that the children run around in bare feet, which would have been historically accurate, while ... Landon insisted that the children wear shoes, since the television audience, not knowing the circumstances involved, would have thought that the parents were neglecting their children if they didn't provide them with shoes."
Henry Grady Weaver's Classic Vision of Freedom
, by John Hood, The Freeman
, Aug 1997
Expanded version of Hood's introduction to the 1997 edition of Weaver's The Mainspring of Human Progress
; discusses the changing attitudes towards business during the second half of the 20th century
"Even into the 1960s, television series continued to portray those in business as 'good guys'. Westerns were one surprising source of positive images about business: Remember that Ben Cartwright of 'Bonanza' ran a sprawling ranching and mining empire on the family's 1,000-acre Ponderosa estate? ... the percentage of big business characters portrayed as villains rose from 31 percent before 1965 to 58 percent afterward. The authors compared, for example, the positive portrayals of the Cartwright family in 'Bonanza' to the largely corrupt and immoral Ewing family of 'Dallas.'"
Libertarian Applications to Current Problems: The Problems
, by Murray Rothbard
, For a New Liberty
Chapter 4 of For A New Liberty
: List of brief overviews of major problems in society, e.g., taxes, fiscal crisis, crime, pollution, inflation, etc.
"Television consists of bland programs and distorted news. Radio and television channels have been nationalized for half a century by the federal government, which grants channels as a gift to privileged licensees, and can and does withdraw these gifts when a station displeases the government's Federal Communications Commission. How can any genuine freedom of speech or of the press exist under such conditions?"
South Park Libertarians: Trey Parker and Matt Stone on liberals, conservatives, censorship, and religion
, by Nick Gillespie
, Jesse Walker, Reason
, Dec 2006
Transcript of conversation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, at Reason's August 2006 conference, in Amsterdam, on the future of free expression and free markets in Europe
"Reason: How did the network respond to pressure from the Church of Scientology about that episode?
Stone: They blew it off. To be fair, it wasn't really at the Comedy Central level. It was way up at the Viacom level. [Viacom owns Comedy Central.] It wasn't a choice or anything we had any say in. The only thing that we got was a phone call saying that the producers of Mission Impossible: 3 [which stars Cruise] want this show off the air ... But then we realized ... you can't just pull an episode off the air anymore. People are going to find out ... it was all over the press. The Internet makes those backroom deals a lot harder to do."
Stand-Up Guy: Comedian Drew Carey on network censors, Hollywood guilt, and why he likes eating at Bob's Big Boy
, by Nick Gillespie
, Drew Carey
, Steve Kurtz, Reason
, Nov 1997
Topics range from Hollywood reactions to Carey's humor, his attitude toward government, the ABC network censor, Las Vegas, drug legalization and more
"His self-titled television show, which airs ... on ABC, is beginning its third season ensconced in the Nielsen top 20 (and locked in a ratings war with NBC's Third Rock from the Sun) ... In his sitcom, which shares certain blue-collar affinities with shows such as Roseanne and Grace Under Fire, his character is an assistant personnel manager at a Cleveland department store. He is ... besieged on all sides by an indifferent employer, hostile co-workers, aimless friends, and a strong sense of his own inadequacy and lack of success. From this potentially grim reality, Carey squeezes immense humor (and precious little sentimentality)."
Risky Journalism: ABC's John Stossel bucks a fearful establishment
, by John Stossel
, Jacob Sullum
, Apr 1997
Lengthy introduction and interview, discussing Stossel's early work, his ABC News specials, his response to criticism, ABC's policies, objective reporting, and topics he would like to cover
"Stossel: ... we're all trying to be objective, but we all have points of view, and we'd probably do better acknowledging that ... My most opinionated work falls between an op-ed piece and a news article. When I get too opinionated, they make me superimpose the word commentary over what I am saying.
Reason: When does that happen?
Stossel: On 20/20, it's assumed that the chats with Hugh [Downs] and Barbara [Walters] are commentary. But on "Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?," for example, when I made the argument that regulation, by increasing poverty, was killing people, they made me superimpose the word commentary."
Voodoo and Violence: Magician Penn Jillette sees through the censors' tricks
, by Penn Jillette
, Steve Kurtz, Reason
Topics discussed include: Janet Reno's denunciations of TV violence, the confusions about "censorship", Howard Stern, Beavis and Butt-Head
and contrasting Republicans vs. Democrats
"Janet Reno ... talked about how violence on television has an effect on violence in the real world. This is damn near a textbook definition of voodoo ... What she doesn't realize when she talks about getting rid of television violence ... is that violence in the arts is not a celebration of pain and suffering, but rather a celebration of health and life. One of the ways that we can ... channel that pain somewhere else, is that wonderful feeling we get by [experiencing all that vicariously]. At the end of [fictional violence], the victims are completely OK. It's the perfect insult to suffering and pain."