- Liberty (1987)
title = Liberty
editor = Stephen Cox
editor_title = Editor
frequency = 11 issues annually
category = public policy, libertarianism
firstdate = 1987
language = English
website = [http://www.libertyunbound.com/ www.libertyunbound.com]
issn = 0894-1408
"Liberty" is a leading
libertarianjournal founded in 1987by R. W. Bradford(who was the magazine's publisherand editor until his death from cancer in 2005) in Port Townsend, Washington, and currently edited from San Diego by Stephen Cox. Unlike "Reason", which is printed on glossy paper and has full-color photographs, "Liberty" is printed on uncoated paper stock and has line drawing cartoons by S. H. (Scott) Chambers and Rex F. "Baloo" May, no photographs except for advertisements, and only one extra color (blue), which is limited to the cover and occasionally a few ads.
Bradford had planned the launch of "Liberty" for several years during the 1980s, waiting, in part, for the development of
desktop publishingsoftware to make the endeavor cost-effective for a short-run periodical. The magazine achieved Bradford's target circulation by the end of the first year of publication. Starting it as an arm of his private publishing business, he turned the magazine over to a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation (under his control) in 1993. In 1999, it moved from a bimonthlyto a monthly publication schedule. With 2008, it will be published eleven times a year, with one issue being a 'double issue'.
The magazine's list of editors at start-up included
Murray Rothbard; Karl Hessjoined soon after. Both wrote for the magazine and both were featured prominently in subscription advertising. Rothbard left the masthead in 1990, following his break with the Libertarian Party and his public move towards paleolibertarianism; Hess stayed with the magazine until his death.
From the beginning, "Liberty" gave extensive coverage to the history of the libertarian movement, repeatedly focusing on the biography and legacy of
Ayn Rand. The magazine offered the first printing of Rothbard's pamphlet "The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult" as its first subscription bonus. John Hospers's two-part series "Talking With Ayn Rand" was among the magazine's notable early publishing coups. Characteristically, Bradford juxtaposed scholarly, intellectual of writing from philosophers such as Loren Lomaskyand Jan Narvesonand economists such as Mark Skousen, Doug Casey, Leland Yeager and David Friedmanwith work by virtually unknown, young, and unprofessional writers. With few exceptions, the magazine does not pay writers for their contributions.
Contributors and editors
Regular contributors include::
David Kopel, research director for the Independence Institute: Wendy McElroy, editor of the Individualist Feminist: William E. Merritt, senior fellow of the Burr Institute: Bruce Ramsey, journalist: Timothy Sandefur, College of Public Interest Law fellow at the Pacific Legal Foundation: Jane S. Shaw, Senior Associate of Property and Environment Research Center: Tim Slagle( [http://www.TimSlagle.com personal website] ) stand-up comedian: David Weigel, journalist for "Reason", "Money" and " Campaigns and Elections": Leland Yeager, Ludwig von Misesdistinguished Professor Emeritus of Economicsat Auburn University
Contributing editors include::
David Boaz: Alan W. Bock: Bart Kosko: Richard Kostelanetz: Durk Pearson: Sandy Shaw: Clark Stooksbury( [http://clarkstooksbury.blogspot.com personal website] ):Thomas S. Szasz, psychiatrist
:Reflections: short, often satirical articles:Terra Incognita: strange world news
* [http://www.libertyunbound.com/ Liberty] official site
* [http://www.insteadofablog.com/2005.12.16.shtml Memoir] of working for "Liberty", by
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