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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 7:10amSanction this postReply
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The Libertarian Connection was launched December 10, 1968.  There were three founders; Sky d'Aureous and Lee Hall were two of them.  (I believe that Ron Courtney was the third, but I have no documentation.)  Skye added the "e" in the second issue and "Lee" became "Natalee."  Years later, they became known by their real names Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw.

In a time when libertarians were striving for conventionality, Skye and Natalee offered an unusual magazine, modeled after science fiction "fanzines."  The publication schedule was six weeks.  Subscribers could send in two pages and buy additional pages for a dollar each.  Subscriptions were $4.50 for each cycle.  Publication was via mimeograph until about 1975 when it went photo-offset.  While at MIT, Durk came upon the idea of a "meta-stable society."  While others were arguing stable societies, but he saw that something more -- or, actually, something less -- was needed. 

Among the contributors to the LC were:
Tibor Machan
Adam Reed

Benjamin Best
Walter Block
Mark Brady
Christopher Tame
Roy A. Childs
Ron Chusid
Joseph Michael Cobb
Harold Demsetz
Larry Edell
L. Michael Emerling
Erwin S. 'Filthy Pierre" Strauss
David Friedman
Ralph Fucetola III
Steve Halbrook
Karl Hess
John Hospers
Michael Hoy
Robert Lefevre
Philip Abbot Luce
Guy de Maertelaere
Spencer H. MacCallum
Rod Manis
Michael ("Mick") Marotta
Rosalie Nichols
Eric North
Gary North
Lowell Ponte
Robert Poole
Jim Stumm
Jo Prawdzik
Sharon Presley
El Ray (El Rayo)
Louis Rollins
Murray N. Rothbard
William Stoddard
Morris and Linda Tannehill
Kerry Thornley
Robert Charles Van Orden
Robert Anton Wilson
John Zube
as well as

Richard M. Nixon, Jesus Christ, Aragorn Beowolf, Thor Xavier Challenger, The Wolverine, The Yankee Trader, The Two Traders, Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst, and God ...

.... all of whom paid to be published in The Libertarian Connection.

The LC's editorial policy was based on Life Extension, Futures Projects, and Self Libertarian (both Theory and Practice).   "What if they gave a millennium and no one came?" by Skye d'Aureous and Natalee Hall explained that you can be free even though no one else is, that freedom will come to others, but not to everyone all at once, that a rational person is only interested in the freedom they can obtain for themselves in their own lifetime.




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Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:22pmSanction this postReply
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And how many degrees of freedom is that?  On first glance, below are the LC members who I met personally at some point.  I noticed, however, that several people who I know were LC contributors were not on your list, including me.  I wonder if Filthy Pierre, who I keep running into at science fiction cons, BTW, has a comprehensive list available?

Tibor Machan
Mark Brady
Roy A. Childs (deceased)
Erwin S. 'Filthy Pierre" Strauss
David Friedman
Karl Hess (deceased)
John Hospers
Robert Lefevre (deceased)
Spencer H. MacCallum
Rosalie Nichols
Lowell Ponte
Robert Poole
Sharon Presley
Murray N. Rothbard (deceased)
Robert Anton Wilson (deceased)
John Zube




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Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 5:06amSanction this postReply
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Phil Osborn emended: I noticed, however, that several people who I know were LC contributors were not on your list, including me. 



Phil, I took my list from my Index to the Libertarian Connection, which listed authors and their articles from LC#1 through LC#50 only.  Either you wrote under some other name (perhaps God) or you joined after the cut-off for my Index.

(I wrote from late 1971 or early 1972 through 1980 or 1981.  LC 50 was about 1977.  When I announced the Index, Erwin Strauss told me to put it on punch cards so that I could both sort it and print it.  I was not into computers yet, so that was not possible.  I did it by hand on 3x5 cards with a lot of help from Mike Hoy.  The Index was originally supposed to be a complete index: author-title, title-author, subject-title-author.  That was more work than I realized -- and why Filthy Pierre recommended the computer.  That was his mode for his science fiction index.
  
Skye and Natalee bought Filthy's vitamin business from him when he went to Alaska to earn the money to finance his "Jolly Roger" gambling ship.  (He dropped that project when it became clear that even his own diplomatic contacts could not help against U.S. law which cancels the citizenship of any American who works on such a vessel.)  Filthy later bought the LC from Sandy and Durk when they came out of the closet.  I kept up my LC subscription only a little after that.  A few years later, about 1984 or '85 -- I got a "Best of" issue, but, as was to be expected, it was not the same place, so I did not subscribe; and I was on to other things, BBSes, for instance.

(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 5/03, 5:17am)




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