I've published hundreds of articles and opinion pieces in numerous publications, ranging from some of the USAs most influential publications to some of the strangest and most notorious. They include THE NATION, REASON, THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (Souths largest paper), CREATIVE LOAFING (largest alternative weekly in America), THE FREEMAN (from America's first free-market think tank), THE SPLATTER TIMES (The Worlds Most Violent Magazine), TRASHOLA, GALLERY, Larry Flynt's HUSTLER and CHIC, among many others.
I've been a Finalist in the Mencken Awards, formerly given by the Free Press Association for Outstanding Journalism in Defense of Liberty. My winning article, a look at censorship in America, led to the creation of a national anti-censorship trade organization.
I edit THE LIBERATOR ONLINE, the world's largest-circulation libertarian newsletter, which I co-founded a decade ago. Beginning with about 200 readers, it now has over 70,000 subscribers in over 100 countries. It is published by the Advocates for Self-Government, a non-profit educational organization. Subscriptions are free, so get one.
Below is a sample of my articles, from my earliest published stuff in the 1980s to the present. The order is very loose right now. I'll be sorting them better in the days ahead. And I hope to add more articles in the near future as well.
NOTE: Some (not all) of the articles below are pdf files. You'll need the free Adobe pdf reader to read them.
MAGAZINE / FEATURE ARTICLES on POLITICAL ISSUES
American Jihad: Losing Battles
in the War on Drugs -- Hustler magazine. The War on
Drugs is really a war against the Bill of Rights and liberty.
No Censorship of Cigarette Ads -- from the book American Voices, 1988. Prize-winning essay that argues that cigarette ads are protected by the First Amendment.
FDR: The True Legacy -- Libertarian Forum, May-June, 1983. An early article of mine that rips into arguably the worst U.S. president prior to the Bush regime.
Fire: Anti-Gun Fanatics Blast the Second Amendment --
Hustler. "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of
firearms," wrote Jefferson. But he hadn't met some of the
anti-Second Amendment forces described in this article from the
Organize Against Sex
(unpublished). More true than you might think.
Why is Marijuana Still Illegal? -- Orange County Register (California), July 13, 2007. Makes both the moral and practical case for ending marijuana prohibition. The Register is one of America's largest newspapers, and for several days this was the most highly rated story in their opinion section. It was reprinted elsewhere online.
"Collateral Damage," Once Again -- Atlanta Press, September 1998. Orwell said it perfectly: "Political language [is] designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable."
End the Violence: Re-Legalize Drugs -- The Georgia Libertarian. A good list of reasons to end the idiotic War on Drugs. I believe 20,000 copies of this article were distributed in the Atlanta area by the Libertarian Party of Georgia.
Public Problem Could Have Private Solution -- Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer, 1988. There's nothing worthwhile the government does that the private sector can't do better and cheaper. This op-ed gives some examples of how privatization could save taxpayers huge amounts of money while improving service. Of course, the government ignored it.
MY NOTORIOUS GEORGIA NEWSPAPER COLUMNS
In the mid-1980s I briefly wrote a weekly column on Georgia politics for the Warner Robbins Independent newspaper. I wanted to write something strong and controversial, something worth reading, but I had no idea just how many people I was offending. Finally the publisher, at the insistence of his wife, demanded the editor stop running it. The editor, a fan of my column and enough of a man to resist being pushed around, refused. The publisher fired him. I was horrified. But the story has a happy ending. The paper went into a tailspin, new investors bought it and reinstalled the old editor, and to celebrate he ran a front page story about me and some political event I was involved in. Any writer can shoot his mouth off, but it takes real guts for an editor to publish it and stand by it. These are old columns, but in politics the issues never really change, and I think some of my best writing is scattered among them.
Ballot Access Law Needs Amending Now
Three Cheers for Georgia's Trucking Deregulation
Here are a few of my favorite stories from the Liberator Online, which I founded and still edit today. It's published by the Advocates for Self-Government, and is the world's largest-circulation libertarian publication. They are short pieces that generally deal with government idiocy. I'll add some brief description soon.
A Tax on Men