New Libertarian Publication in Gotham

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From The NY Sun:

At the height of the political races last summer, the libertarian candidates weren’t getting much press in the daily newspapers in New York. So Jim Lesczynski and the Manhattan Libertarian Party created their own publication, Serf City.

The title is a pun on a Beach Boys song, but also symbolizes the state of affairs in New York City, Mr. Lesczynski said.

“It says “serf” because the government thinks of us citizens as serfs,” he said. “They tax and regulate, running their little feudal system, with Bloomberg as our lord.”

I know Jim well enough to suspect that the content’s pretty hard core libertarian. I’d love to get my hands on a copy.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • Devious David

    The more hardcore, the better!

    People need to face some cognitive dissonance to snap and/or deteriorate the conventional wisdom. Sometimes a persons attempt to dismiss the “absurd” causes them to recognize the fundamental error of their ways. Radicalism in outreach and principle is indisputably the superior concept. Politically, we may have differences of course.

  • http://www.foraaugusta.com Stuart Richards

    Well, at least they’re getting the word out…

  • ianbernard

    What good is a newspaper without an online presence?

  • Michael Hampton

    Ian, they DO have an online presence, sort of: http://www.manhattanlp.org/SerfCity/

  • Sam Anderson

    I’m not a big fan of Lesczynski’s (only libertarian on the 2005 ballot that I did not vote for), not because I disagree with his principles, but on how he chooses to try to communicate them to the masses (his actions are the type that perpetuate the mainstream perceptions of libertarians as impractical nutcases, in my opinion). But I’ve picked this paper up, and it’s largely a good introduction for your stereotypical liberal New Yorker to libertarian ideas…does not represent the things that kept me from voting for Lesczynski.

  • http://allencountylp.blogspot.com/ Mike Sylvester

    More local Libertarian groups should start their own news publications! I spend some time maintaining a blog but I have considered a local newspaper.

    Mike Sylvester

  • http://www.wccta.net/gallery/ajnice jnice

    “Surf City” was a hit for Jan & Dean, and NOT the Beach Boys (although Brian Wilson DID write it).

  • Dennis Anthony Porto

    What an excellent publication, Lesczynski sounds like a good guy. Its nice that some libertarians have initiative to do things like this.

  • Devious David

    I’ve thought about buying a spot in my local paper.

  • http://www.freeme.org Keith

    Wow, that is so cool. It seems like a smaller version of the Keene Free Press of Keene, NH.

    http://www.keenefreepress.com

  • http://owlsarentwise.blogspot.com Victor Lazlo

    The Trust must really have us on the run when we struggle to find a voice in our own home towns.
    Take the fight back to the source!
    I suggest a statue in Red Square, Moscow, by public subscription, of Sydney Reilly.

    When he went there in person in 1925 they arrested him and Dzerzhinsky’s Cheka Trust collapsed.

    If Putin banned the erection of the statue, or otherwise interfered, he would have done it again, after death.

    And we could all take a leaf out of Frank Drebbin’s book and say,”I always knew it!”

  • http://www.manhattanlp.org/SerfCity Jim Lesczynski

    Hey Stephen,

    Why didn’t you just ask? A copy is comin’ at ya via government mail ASAP.

  • http://CoSy.com/Liberty.htm Bob Armstrong

    Back issues of Serf City are online at
    http://www.manhattanlp.org/SerfCity/ ,
    and can be commented on at
    http://www.manhattanlp.org/Forum/viewforum.php?f=17 .

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