One of the advantages of being an Examiner is that I am frequently contacted by folks who have something interesting they want to share with the world. Everything from new products that they would like reviewed just to get the word out, books, services and events. The flip side to that is that sometimes an Examiner comes across that “something special” that they feel would benefit their readers and the world in general. Most recently this Examiner was fortunate enough to experience both. I was approached by Mr. Garry Reed, “The Dallas Libertarian Examiner”.
Mr. Reed is a fellow Libertarian and a long time writer for Examiner.com. He had contacted me to inquire about a book review for his newly released book titled, “Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian”. Being a fellow North Texan, Libertarian, Examiner and Author; I decided to take him up on the offer. Much to my pleasure I found his work well worth the time and worthy of sharing. Mr. Reed is a fun and interesting man who truly believes in the Libertarian view. With that introduction I would like to quote a press release on his website to begin this review.
The Press Release on https://freecannon.com/ :
“in a recent interview of himself Garry Reed explained to himself that his book consists of a score of articles written in 2001 and 2002 based on his self-branded "Fun & Freedom" style.
"When I first started writing back then," he continued, "I was trying to fill a niche. Most libertarian writing seemed to be very stuffy and serious, written by academics for academics, philosophers for philosophers, economists for economists. That was fine but where were the people like me writing for people like me?"
On that basis his writing mantra became "Freedom is always the message but fun is always the method."
"I consciously worked at developing a writing style that would allow me to ridicule and satirize the freedom-haters while remaining serious about pushing the freedom envelope ever wider open."
The Press Release continues:
“However the first test for this approach came very early, when suicide jihadis flew jetliners into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
"How do you write humorously about that?"
Reed was asked by Reed.
Reed added, "That's why self-producing this book was so enjoyable for me. I'm returning to my roots."
Following his initial online writing stint at NewsGuy in 2001 Reed launched his own "Loose Cannon Libertarian" website where he posted nearly 150 articles, wrote for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a year as a member of their Community Columnist Panel, self-syndicated 40 articles as a weekly columnist before taking over as the Libertarian News Examiner nationally and as theDallas Libertarian Examiner in North Texas where he has posted 1084 articles combined at this writing and still counting.”
Upon beginning the book the Author goes into a review he received by Brian Patrick of Free Market.Net about his Loose Cannon Libertarian column The review is featured in the book in its entirety.
When asked about the review Reed replied
“Patrick picked my "Loose Cannon Libertarian" website as "Freedom Page of the Week."
This brings about the question of “What does the Loose Cannon Libertarian refer to?”
“Actually I named my first online column "The Loose Cannon Libertarian" myself which I wrote for NewsGuy.com and then continued to use the name ever since for my own website.”
Excerpt from Mr. Patricks Review of Mr. Reed’s writing:
“CAUTION: A salvo may be coming your way from the Loose Cannon Libertarian. Every two weeks the cannon fires another shell of thought-provoking prose promoting libertarianism and denouncing big government and its allies.”
The review goes on to describe every subject of Mr. Reed’s columns being like another cannon volley; complete with Mr. Reed as the artilleryman lighting the fuse for every shot. That being said, “Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian” is a compilation of articles that he has written in the 2001 to 2002 time frame. Garry’s writing style is witty, intelligent and entertaining. Mr. Reed has the ability to address some very serious issues, yet not weigh one down with the gravity of the matters at hand.
Perhaps most interesting to this writer is the Libertarian definition that Mr. Reed Subscribes to. His depth into the contemplation of What is Libertarianism to be can be applauded. In a previous article on The Fort Worth Libertarian Examiner; I wrote about “American Constitutional Libertarianism 2012 and beyond”. In Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian, Mr. Reed defines hid version of Libertarianism as follows.
From Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian:
“defining my meaning as "American style" or "The Modern American Libertarian Movement" and no longer defining it with reference to the Constitution or the Libertarian Party's "Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom." Today I go right to the heart of it: "Libertarianism is the Zero Aggression Principle. Period."
He also goes on to define his philosophy on Capitalism and brings up a very good point about Karl Marx Crony Capitalism, which I defer to as Phony Capitalism or even State Sponsored Capitalism. He completely separates from the term altogether labeling it as Corporatism and my favorite “The Free Market”. Mr. Reed himself states that his best articles are in the beginning in order to gain the reader’s attention, however with that said; don’t be fooled because the quality of writing and depth of the content are consistent throughout.
As a reader you can expect a wide gamut of subjects from Scrooge Mc Duck Capitalism to Politically Correct Barbie Dolls. All of the content is articulate, candid and on point. As stated earlier in this review Mr. Reed has a fun style and breathes new life into the subject of Libertarian Politics and Philosophy. There is no doubt, that anyone who picks up this book will enjoy the reading; regardless of political views. Garry keeps the reading light hearted, on subject and just plain light. This is a short and easy read aimed at any reading level. Once again, it is the depth of the content that allows for so many view points and education levels to benefit from this.
About the book:
Title: Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian
Author: Garry Reed
Date Published: 16, January 2014
Number of Pages: 76
ISBN: 978-1-304-624-666 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-304-780-225 (Ebook)
In summary, Mr. Reed has done an excellent job compiling some of his finest work from a very specific period in time. It was a time of the 911 attacks and a time where a generation was placed in a position to propel into greatness or to spiral downward into the annals of failed societies. It was the occupation of Afghanistan and the onset of the looming Iraqi war. It was a time pre seventeen point three Trillion dollar National Debt and Obamacare. Reading Mr. Reed’s selection of articles and how he tied them all together even made this writer a bit nostalgic. Overall, this was a good piece of work and I recommend Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian by Garry Reed for anyone who loves freedom. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Mr. Reed’s website - https://freecannon.com/
His Examiner.com Column - http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-dallas/garry-reed
His Author Spotlight page on Lulu.com - http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=1249631
His You Tube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7VGYZUURkc