George H. Smith Posted August 6, 2012 Share Posted August 6, 2012 In 1976, I delivered a satirical speech for the LA Libertarian Supper Club. Titled "Victory Speech of the Libertarian Party President-Elect, 1984," this speech was printed by Sam Konkin as a supplement in "New Libertarian Weekly" (Oct. 31, 1976). As an early criticism of the LP and its policy of gradualism, this speech created something of a sensation among libertarians at the time, especially in LA circles, and it was even discussed by Murray Rothbard in an issue of "Libertarian Forum." This piece is not available anywhere else on the Internet, and I haven't had a copy of it myself for over 20 years. Earlier today my old friend Jeff Riggenbach kindly scanned his copy and sent it to me as a .pdf file. At times this .pdf file is difficult to read at the edges, but this will do until I can type out a transcript. Although set in 1984 (for obvious reasons), keep in mind that this was actually written in 1976. Therefore, any references past 1976 were purely a figment of my imagination. This file also has a cartoon that was drawn of me while I gave the talk. I was 27 -- and, yes, I was actually thin at that point in my life. Ah, the good old days, when I could stuff myself and never gain weight. 8-) If anyone cares to repost this file or otherwise copy it, feel free, so long as I am given credit. I am using a free hosting site to post this .pdf file, so it will only be up for 30 days. Here is the link: http://freepdfhosting.com/b85fabbd76.pdf Ghs (EDIT: Note from MSK: Full text later added in this thread here.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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