L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 243, October 19, 2003

"Walk Through the Fire"

Our Kind of Town
by Alan R. Weiss
alan@ebenchmarks.com

Special to TLE

Dear Lovers of Liberty Everywhere,

In thinking about what sorts of people, activities, and individuality we might find in, say, a liberty-minded small town where Free State Project (or a western version of it) has come to be dominant politically, we should consider embracing the following:

- a town where gay Bob and gay Matthew walk around town square, holding hands, kissing, shopping, and eating — and no one bothers them.

- a town where Bill and Jane ride into town on their horses, hitch 'em up, and clang into the general store as their six-shooters jangle on their hips — and no one bothers them.

- a town where Jerry and Cheech are seen rolling a big fat doobie, sparking it up, and smoking it — and no one bothers them.

- a town where Christine and her family, all nudists, stroll through town picking up supplies for their ranch — nude — and no one bothers them.

- a town where Leslie, a middle-aged transgendered woman, drives up in her pink Cadillac to go shopping at the local woman's boutique — and no one bothers her. Oh — and she doesn't have to pay 75 cents to a non-existant parking meter, either.

- a town where David and Jennifer and Sarah and Jackson feel as comfortable in as in as at their polygamous commune back in the hills — and no one bothers them.

- a town where the local hemp farmer buys seeds from Vancouver, B.C. while arguing with the local corn farmer on yields and overseas markets over a beer — and no one bothers them.

- a town where Reggie and Javier, Saul and John, Rajesh and Sonny, Seneca and Chen all feel at home — and no one bothers them.

- a town where the local sheriff is elected as an Advisory Peace Officer, not a Law Enforcement Officer — and the local fire fighters are your friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters.

- a town where there is no tax collector, no bureaucrats, and no support for any that come to town.

- a town that doesn't ban fireworks, Sunday liquor sales, or bad taste in the color of the paint on your house.

- a town where the Non-Aggression Principle guides human relationships, along with a healthy dose of tolerance, humor, and good manners.


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