I suppose I should have expected it. But I didn't. I thought I'd laid out what this Salon is all about fairly clearly. Perhaps I'm simply more literal-minded than most people, so when I talked about what I'd be doing here, I didn't think it necessary to enumerate what I wouldn't be doing. I mean, that would be one very long list, and a boring one at that.
No matter, though. And just so we're all on the same page, at least at the beginning, I'm not upset at the question I received from multiple readers, in response to my optimistic opening column. That question was, in some form or other, What do we do about the encroachments on our liberty? It's a legitimate question, and a very good one (for several reasons).
But I can't answer it. Or, more precisely, I can't answer it for anyone but myself. What any individual does about the increasing darkness coming to the "land of the free" depends upon what shadow is most important to him. Is it the income tax? Victim disarmament (more popularly -- but inaccurately -- known as "gun control")? Disappearing property rights? Increased tracking of individuals? Drug war? Dropping out and creating a free haven in the midst of this insanity? Isn't that just like life ... ask one question, and a dozen more sprout.
Anyway, you say you want pro-freedom culture, but you also want information: knowledge about the state of the police state; ideas on monkey-wrenching; how to live more self-sufficiently or in a small, voluntary community; where to find like-minded individuals; and more. I've done a stint addressing those topics, and more, over at Doing Freedom!, which is currently on hiatus. My blog will address those and other topics from time to time, too -- especially now that I'm involved in a couple of freedom-enhancing projects. But you asked for it here, so we'll deliver, at least the starter kit. Where you go from here is up to you.
What would be a more appropriate interview for April than with someone who's fighting income tax thievery? Peter Hendrickson, author of Cracking the Code: The Fascinating Truth about Taxation in America graciously shared some of his time with me recently, which has become a thought-provoking interview. I review two more books: No Place to Hide and The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook; the former provides a much-needed look at the information industry and how deeply embedded into government agencies it is, while the latter offers a wide variety of suggestions for freedom activists. My webby wanderings showcase a new, promising libertarian science fiction web site, real take-it-with-you home possibilities for those with wanderlust, and an interesting pro-freedom blog by a chap in the Great White North. My musical preferences of late have vacillated between some of my favorite romantic songs and real thinking people's music. Tom and I hope you enjoy your time in Sunni's Salon, and we welcome your constructive feedback.