Saturday, November 17, 2007

Fibbies raid organization challenging Federal Reserve (with "Ron Paul" coins)

New reports today discuss a raid on the operations of libertarian-leading Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Friday the FBI raided the Evansville Indiana headquarters for the “National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Codes” (NORFED), which had been planning to sell private “liberty dollars,” supposedly backed up by gold and silver in Idaho. The group was planning to mail out a first batch of “Rob Paul” copper coins.

The Washington Post story is called “In Ron Paul Coins, Federal Agents Don’t Trust,” here.

Eliminating of the Federal Reserve came up as a topic in discussions at the Libertarian Parry of Minnesota when I lived in Minneapolis from 1997-2003 .

Alan Greenspan, however, as noted on my book blog (Oct. 19, “The Age of Turbulence”), has written a book with rather Libertarian and objectivist leanings.

The colloquial terms "goons" and "fibbies" come from John Grisham 's 1992 novel The Firm.

Update: Nov. 25, 2007

The Washington Post Outlook section has a major piece on libertarianism (starting with the Webster definitions of "") by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, with a lot of discussion of controversial Texas congressman Ron Paul, here.

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