Thursday, November 6, 2014


Now that the big distraction of the intramural hissy-fit position-jockeying power-grabbing squabble between the two big Republican and Democrat factions within the One Big Ruling Class Political Party is over ...

It's finally time for me to correct a really dumb oversight – making Selected Salvos available on Kindle Books via Amazon. I've priced the thing at 99¢ because I want people to buy it, read it, enjoy it, recommend it, write reviews about it and interview me for their blogs and websites

My long range plan is to make this Book One in a series of several mini-books like this one (70-100 pages or so) under the name "A Fun&Freedom Book."

I've already figured that with all of my archive articles I can churn out around ten of these little booklets, which would make a nice little shelf for me if for no one else. I'd just like to bring in enough money with each edition to offset the costs of publicizing the next one.

Ten of these tiny tomes? Yes, you can take that either as a promise or a threat.

Kindle and paperback editions are here: 
Follow the Kindle Edition to download that version 
Follow the Paperback Edition to read reviews and buy

Monday, August 18, 2014

DJ's Shoutout to his Fans

Internationally acclaimed nightclub DJ Freaky Flow posted my book cover on his Facebook page and recommended it to his thousands of fans.

American born, Canadian raised and educated and now Los Angeles-based Freaky Flow plays at major events throughout Canada, the US, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, England, and Slovenia.

And now he's also a new author who just published his first book under his real name Stephen Aaron Grey. The book is Ant Farm, inspired by George Orwell's Animal Farm, and subtitled "A Novel About What’s Bugging Society."

Grey shies away from the libertarian label but identifies himself as someone who "is always coming from the position of voluntary interaction" which sounds a whole lot like my kind of libertarianism.

His book, which explores political and social issues from a bug’s eye view is currently available for pre-order through Amazon and will be officially released August 30.

And it just so happens that an exclusive interview with the author will be posted on Libertarian News Examiner on August 28, so be sure to check that out too!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My quotes come tumbling out of tumblr

Just found a whole bunch of quotes from my Examiner articles on tumblr, all but one posted by a "timlebsack" who I take to be Dallas Libertarian Tim Lebsack who comments on my Dallas Libertarian Examiner articles from time to time.

The one exception is a post by Robert A. McKeown of The Blue Collar Economist who posted a teaser and link to "Salvos of Fun & Freedom," the title of his review of my book Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian.

Thanks guys!


I'll send you one FREE proof copy in pdf format of my SELECTED SALVOS FROM THE LOOSE CANNON LIBERTARIAN eBook if you will write a review of it or interview me about it and send me the link to where you posted it online! All the details here:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kudos from The Libertarian Liquidationist

The Libertarian Liquidationist, in an article written by Hank (Henry Moore) titled "Kudos to The Blue Collar Economist," discovered both the review of my Selected Salvos book written by Robert A. McKeown at The Blue Collar Economist titled Salvos of Fun and Freedom and the article published by me in Libertarian News Examiner that featured McKeown and his blog that I titled "The Blue Collar Economist: Libertarian economics for the rest of us."

Got all that? 

In his article Hank quotes from McKeon's review which includes some of McKeon's quotes of my quotes and then goes on to quote directly from my article that features McKeon's blog.

Got all that too?

Nothing like libertarian writers/bloggers/economists cross-pollinating one another for the benefit of fertilizing minds with the seeds of freedom!

In his article Hank goes on to chastise me, albeit gently, with "Still, we must be very careful to separate libertarianism, the ideology, from economics that usually fits well with libertarian ideas" and "there really is no such thing as 'libertarian economics.'"

And he's right, of course. I was using shorthand terms like "libertarian economics" and "government economics" to quickly and easily distinguish between the economics of coercion vice the economics of freedom.

Being a self-admitted economic ignoramus I find this to be an easy and effective rule of thumb. 

If you're curious, as I was, about the definitions of "Libertarian" and especially "Liquidationist" as used by these folks you can find the answers at their Theory Page. All too economysterious for this self-admitted libertarian economic ignoramus.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

San Francisco Book Review

As promised, David Lloyd Sutton of "The Sacramento Libertarian Examiner" gave Selected Salvos a five star rating when he submitted his review to the San Francisco Book Review.

Above is the top part of the page as it appeared on its website when it was posted on June 13, 2014.

You can read the full text of his review at the link below, and then click the small cover icon link to Amazon to read Customer Comments and buy the book in paperback or download it in digital format.

As Sutton says:
“Buy My Book! Read My Book! It’s Small! It’s Fun! It’s Cheap!” So reads Garry Reed’s online advertising for this deliciously irreverent collection.

San Francisco Book Review:


I'll send you one FREE proof copy in pdf format of my SELECTED SALVOS FROM THE LOOSE CANNON LIBERTARIAN eBook if you will write a review of it or interview me about it and send me the link to where you posted it online! All the details here:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Great Review from The Blue Collar Economist

Robert A. McKeown, a self-identified Austrian Economist and proprietor of The Blue Collar Economist has written a glowing review of "Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian, which, if enough people care, is merely Book One in a planned series of similar salvos.

McKeown says: "Garry Reed’s writing style is something bordering H.L. Mencken and Groucho Marx." Really? (Pause while I blush.)

Here's his opening teaser with a link to the full review:

Recently, I began reading Garry Reed’s book, “Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian” and found myself enjoying every page. Garry Reed’s writing style is something bordering H.L. Mencken and Groucho Marx. His quick wit and colorful turn of a phrase gives the reader something to chuckle about while being informed. After having read volumes of economics books and tomes this little collection of his articles, between 2001 and 2002, I found quite refreshing. It was like cheating on a diet with a pizza and a beer.Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you Robert McKeown!

Now, everyone, check out the Libertarian News Examiner article that features McKeown's website. It's great to finally discover articles for the non-academic, non-scholarly, non-professional libertarian who wants to understand the economics of freedom without slogging through all of the theorizing on government economic skulduggery. The Link:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Book Review! Woohoo!

David Lloyd Sutton, also known as the Sacramento Libertarian Examiner, wrote the following book review for the San Francisco Book Review.

Selected Salvos for the Loose Cannon Libertarian

by David Lloyd Sutton, for the San Francisco Book Review

Buy My Book! Read My Book! It's Small! It's Fun! It's Cheap!” So reads Garry Reed’s online advertising for this deliciously irreverent collection.

He begins by defining and illustrating capitalism. Invoking Ludwig Von Mises? No, he invokes Scrooge McDuck. I think he made the best possible choice. Then he drifts into Government Chaos, detailing the runaway abuses of eminent domain and asset forfeiture. He explores the nanny state and political correctness with an essay on the future. Be very afraid.

Dropping his cannon balls on even more feet, Reed proceeds to a pithy and pointed examination of how “faith-based” stuff is a violation of the tenth amendment. Not content with that crop of crushed pinkies, he goes after the essence of Libertarianism, wanders into international non-interventionism, bombards jury nullification and the drug war.

Mr. Reed is a rather traditional Libertarian, espousing the stuffing of runaway government and imperialism back into the constitutional bottle. Some of his advocacy may appear a tad naive, with a tidal wave of poverty-stricken immigrants awaiting his open borders. With welfare systems undissolved, that idea would be disastrous without preparation.

Salvos is stimulating, amusing, and engaging. Every thinking person should buy and read it.

"I gave this 5 stars," Sutton told me in an email. 

YOU TOO can be a Selected Salvos reviewer! Get the simple details at My Free Book for Your Free Look!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


My Free Book for your Free Look!

Become a crowdCritic by writing a critique of my book

My book sales are lagging, interest is flagging and that has me gagging!

Here's the deal for libertarian writers, reporters, reviewers, authors, essayists, interviewers, journalists, bloggers and everyone else:

I'll swap you my book for your review or interview.

I'll send you one FREE proof copy in pdf format of my SELECTED SALVOS FROM THE LOOSE CANNON LIBERTARIAN eBook if you will write a review of it or interview me about it and send me the link to where you posted me online at a:

Web page
Online News Outlet
Social Media
Book Review Site
Writer's Forum
Customer Review at
·         Amazon
·         Barnes & Noble
·         Goodreads
·         Anywhere and everywhere else!

It's only 76 pages so it's not like you're making a lifetime commitment!

Praise it or haze it, enshrine it or malign it, ballyhoo it or boo it, just read it, write it, post it and tell me where to find it.

Contact me here with your email address and I'll send you a pdf copy of:
Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian

Become a CrowdCritic

You've heard of Crowdfunding, where people are invited to donate money for a cause at sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

You've heard of crowdsourcing, where people volunteer their knowledge at sites like Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary.

You may have heard of Crowdspecting, where massive numbers of people are asked to find out things for you at sites like WeGoLook.

This is CrowdCritiquing.

I don't know if this is original or not, but I'm inviting you to become a CrowdCritic and review my book. Sorry, no money involved; just do it for Fun & Freedom and I'll re-post your reviews and interviews on my Google blog and Google+.

This is an experiment

Thanks for becoming a CrowdCritic for Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian.

Garry Reed

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

More worldwide booksellers for SELECTED SALVOS

Since the initial flurry of interest in Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian three other libertarian writers have promised to write book reviews and post them online.

While I'm still eagerly waiting their appearances here are a dozen more online outlets from around the world where you can buy the paperback or download the digital version to your reader.

So get out there and BUY BUY BUY!

Bye bye.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dallas Libertarians publish my self-interview

The Libertarian Party of Dallas County Newsletter publisher Curry Taylor included a banned article in its April 2014 issue.

I originally wrote it for my "Dallas Libertarian Examiner" column but never posted it because a similar article about my Selected Salvos book launch that I actually published in my companion site "Libertarian News Examiner" was promptly "unpublished" by the staff of for being guilty of "self-promotion."

Note that I didn't say that either article had been censored.

Examiner is a privately owned online media site and they have the right to impose and enforce any rules they choose, just as I have a right not to write for them if I choose.

You can read Dallas-Area Libertarian Launches 'Fun&Freedom' Book by Garry Reed by following the embedded link. It comes with photos, a separate article by me, and eight pages of excellent libertarian articles by other contributors, all put together in a professionally designed package by Curry Taylor.

(NOTE: The opening article by me is on a local subject. My self interview is located at the end of the newsletter.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Selected Salvos now in great company

We've all heard variations on people defining something or someone this way:

If you looked up "lying cheating backstabbing psycho freak" in the dictionary you would see a picture of my ex.

But now I can say something like that for real!

If you looked up the phrase "zero aggression principle" in you would see a picture of Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian book.

The French language website,, has a full page entry for Zero Aggression Principle and offers a definition from the English-language Wikipedia entry for Non-aggression principle.

It then provides links to related images (none), search results on Google and Bing (Wikipedia, Mises Institute, The Libertarian Enterprise and Zero Aggression Project), French and English scientific articles about the principle (Wikipedia,,, something that according to Google converts to "Development of applications for Google search" (none) and then this, three of the eight entries under the heading "Books on the Zero Aggression Principle term:"

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Baker's Dozen of Booksellers

You can now buy SelectedSalvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian, some in paperback, some in ePub, some in either/or, from any one of these 13 online bookstores.

But shop around because prices vary significantly.

You can buy a paperback copy for as high as $17.99 from Bookworld unless you join free and become a Citizen, in which case you'll save a whole buck. (But these are Australian dollars so check your exchange rates if you're not a Down Under native).

Downloading an ebook will set you back $3.55 at the DEA Store.

So here are your best prices:

Paperback: Lulu $6.00 (and remember that virtually all physical books add tax and/or shipping and/or "handling" charges but this is the lowest price in US$ for  these 13 sellers.

ebook: Only 1,99 Euros from Republic of Ireland iTunes with required iOS devices or $1.99 from Barnes&Noble Nook books.

So no more excuses. Get out there and buy! Read! Enjoy!

Also available in Euros, (€) Austrailian dollars (AU$), Swedish Krona (Kr), and South African Rands (R).

And one more thing ...

Amazon says I have one used paperback in "Very Good condition! Huge seller with millions of transactions! Satisfaction Guaranteed!" and sells for $41.20 + $3.99 shipping.

Do not believe them. Since this is a self-written, self-designed, self-published and self-promoted book it is also my very own self-autographed copy and I won't part with it!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Seriously Humorless Book Review

Philosophical book review misses the humor

The latest libertarian examiner to review my book is Charlotte Libertarian Philosophy Examiner Matthew Reece. He awarded me three out of a possible five stars for my efforts.

I thank him for the review and for the stars.

But note Mr. Reece's title again: "Libertarian Philosophy Examiner," meaning that his review came at the book from a serious philosophical mindset.

One result was that he did an excellent job of capsulizing the subject matter of the various articles while offering his earnestly analytical critiques of each.

For example: "The next article purports to explain libertarianism to the uninitiated, but really only succeeds at explaining what libertarianism is not. A philosophical approach to libertarianism must be found elsewhere, and Mr. Reed even admits as much, begging the question of why it is included in the book.

Actually all of the articles included in the book were written under my rubric of "fun&freedom" in which freedom is the message but fun is the method.

In every case Mr. Reece accurately read, and responsibly criticized, the libertarian message but seems to have had little truck, or yuck, with the humor:

"Mr. Reed explores some hypothetical future news stories which have yet to happen. While the stories are plausible, they lower the credibility level of the book and feel out of place."

"Next up is a humorous piece with a multitude of pork references concerning multiple manners of government interference in the affairs of peaceful people. While a good read, it feels out of step with much of the rest of the book."

"Mr. Reed's self-deprecating sense of humor in some places can become tiresome."

The whole idea of these articles was to escape the solemn, academic, pedantic presentation of libertarian ideas and reach out to people-on-the-street with a libertarianism festively festooned in the wrapping paper of humor, but Mr. Reece never commented on any of that.

Of course, maybe my attempts at humor just weren't very funny to a philosophical examiner like Matthew Reece.

So be aware, Readers-To-Be, that this book is listed on under the HUMOR category. And as I reported recently, we hit No. 2 for a spell on their Top 100 books in that category.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We're Number Two!

My publisher,, ranked Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian as Number Two in their Top 100 this week in Books > Humor (Week of Monday, March 10, 2014)

(As ever, fame is fleeting -- down to No. 5 as of this week, Monday, March 17, 2015)

But not everyone seems to be impressed by this

I recently "un-circled" a person in my Google+ Circle because she angrily CAPS-LOCKED me about one-plussing her with information I shared concerning the progress I was making – or rather not making – in attempting to promote and sell my little book.

I don't know for sure but I hope un-circling in Google+ works the same way as un-friending works in Facebook so she will no longer be bothered by my missives.

Anyone who doesn't like my messaging is likewise free to ask me for an unceremonious un-circling exercise. Of course then you, as she, will also become "nonplussed" as well.

Friday, March 14, 2014


As related previously I've been bootstrapping my self-promotionalism by using free online press releases to get the word out about my Selected Salvos book.

While all of these services promise great things for great (to me) amounts of money and not much for zero bucks became the first one to get my press release posted in Google's news aggregator.

I've been using Google News, both coming and going, for several years now since I began writing for

The "coming" part meant subscribing to Google Alerts (free of course) using the keyword "libertarian" for a search query. Once a day after searching the world for articles containing that word Google dumps a list of links into my inbox. This not only lets me know what's going on in the greater libertariansphere but very often, since I'm always looking for ideas to write about, one of these articles acts as a catalyst for an article of my own.

The "going" part takes place when the article I post with Examiner meets Google's definition of "newsworthy." Then the Google aggregator finds it, picks it up and spreads it afar as Google News. This allows my articles to reach out beyond immediate "preaching to the choir" boundaries.

On March 12 this listing popped up in my daily download of Google News Alerts along with other articles:

Now ... if only any of this would eventually result in a few book sales, or a book review, or a request for an interview...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free Press Releases

Well well, one of the sassy smart-assy press releases I wrote and began posting on all of the free PR websites around the net finally showed up online. You can read the whole thing here:

All of these freebie sites are questionable. One never knows exactly to whom the releases are released or how many would-be interested eyeballs actually end up rolling around on them (or rolling up into the reader's skulls) but at least the price is right.

This one posted on PRLog's own website not only includes my logo-photo as shown above but also photos of my paperback front cover and eBook promo graphic and also, surprisingly, an actual toe-tapping-along-with working model of my YouTube promotional video.

So nice job PRLog! If this effort ever generates any income I'll use it to buy PRLog's cheapest pay-for-promo package and send it out again to even more victims - er, targets. And if that works I'll go back and buy their next level deal. And so on.

This whole project is a bootstrap operation you see.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Amazon Review

Not to be overlooked in the rush to create this blogspot, longtime friend and reader Susan "Mama Liberty" Callaway was the first to post a review of my Selected Salvos anywhere ... on my Amazon Books page.

Here's her full Five Star Review:

By MamaLiberty on February 23, 2014
I've known Garry Reed for many years, and have read most of his fine articles over that time. He has a clear and direct style, along with a wicked sense of humor, and that makes his material both informative and entertaining. I'm delighted to see that he's published the best of his articles and essays this way, and hope everyone who cares about liberty and justice will buy it for themselves and as gifts for friends.

Congratulations, Garry.

Notice that dear Mama didn't actually say that she had bought and read the book (yet), just that she has read my stuff many times over the years.

For people new to the Modern American Libertarian Movement Mama Liberty is the longtime Owner/publisher of The Price of Liberty.

Long Love Mama Liberty!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First Big Book Review

Fellow North Texan Andrew Curtiss who serves as the Fort Worth Libertarian Examiner gave me a full-blown workup which isn't so much a "book review" as a "book – News Release – Profile – Publisher's page – video – review of an earlier review review."

It's all here at

Here are some of his comments that caught my ego – er, eye:

"Much to my pleasure I found his work well worth the time and worthy of sharing."
"Mr. Reed is a fun and interesting man who truly believes in the Libertarian view."
"Garry’s writing style is witty, intelligent and entertaining. Mr. Reed has the ability to address some very serious issues, yet not weigh one down with the gravity of the matters at hand."

"Perhaps most interesting to this writer is the Libertarian definition that Mr. Reed subscribes to. His depth into the contemplation of What is Libertarianism to be can be applauded."

"...the quality of writing and depth of the content are consistent throughout."

"As a reader you can expect a wide gamut of subjects from Scrooge McDuck Capitalism to Politically Correct Barbie Dolls. All of the content is articulate, candid and on point."

"Mr. Reed has a fun style and breathes new life into the subject of Libertarian politics and philosophy. There is no doubt that anyone who picks up this book will enjoy the reading regardless of political views.

"This is a short and easy read aimed at any reading level. Once again, it is the depth of the content that allows for so many viewpoints and education levels to benefit from this."

Thanks, Andrew, I can live with that!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Opening Salvo Posts

February 18, 2014

 I created this blog to publicize, talk about, brag about, discuss, defend, and rue the day I decided to publish this thing (available in paperback and eBook. Cheap! Buy early and buy often!)

Go to Author's Spotlight Page for more info! 

My first self-published book, "Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian," was officially born on or about February 16 when I clicked the "Approve" button on and it was officially unleashed upon an unsuspecting public.

I chose Lulu as my publishing source because they offered a book template in Microsoft Word .docx format.

I knew that would make it simple for me to bake my own book.

During a career as a freelance contract technical writer I had used nearly every iteration of Word at one time or another to create end user, repair, theory of operation and maintenance manuals for an eclectic collection of clients.

In fact, my introduction to Word came about during a project in which I had to create a technical manual from blank screen to finished product using an early DOS version of Word. No Windows, no mouse, monochrome monitor. All design, layout, margins, headers & footers, page numbering and text were keystroke driven.

It's not that I claim to be a Worldly Word SME (Subject Matter Expert). There were many things in Word I never needed to learn in order to produce a tech manual so I didn't learn them. Moving from client to client I learned what I needed to learn to get the job done and then moved on. Sometimes I wouldn't see much of Word for months, even years, while I was working in other packages such as Word Perfect, FrameMaker, PageMaker, Arbortext and other in-house proprietary programs while supplementing the text with graphics in AutoCad or Visio or CoralDraw, or otherwise performing logistics support analysis using SLIC, LEADS, CLASS, ILSA and whatever.

But because of that experience I had little problem creating my book in the latest version of Word and the template Lulu offered.

"Selected Salvos" is a collection of 20 of my earliest articles, all six from NewsGuy and the rest from Loose Cannon Libertarian from the years 2001 and 2002. All, then as now, were written on my own various computers using various versions of Word.

February 23, 2014

It appears my first official for-real review appeared on Books, a 5-Star write-up from dear longtime friend Mama Liberty, who admits she hasn't even read my book yet but she is certainly familiar with my work.

February 23, 2014

First Entry on Selected Salvos Blog

I was poking around online and discovered a profile I had written for a Google Blogger blog back in June 2006.

But I abandoned it after creating the profile and never launched the blog. Still, I somehow managed to garner 1010 profile views over the years.

Since I just published my first book, "Selected Salvos from the Loose Cannon Libertarian" I decided to launch this blog as a place to talk about it.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any way to translate the old profile into a new blog so I've had to start anew.

But here's the old profile. Very different than the one the current Blogger went out and pulled off the net for me. I like my old one better:


Garry Reed
On Blogger since June 2006
Profile views - 1010
My blogs
About me
My standard mini-bio, until something better comes along: Garry Reed is a freelance writer. His articles have appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the LP News, Miss Karrer's Fifth Grade composition scrapbook, and his own website called The Loose Cannon Libertarian.
Favorite Movies
Favorite Music
Favorite Books
When you open your eyes underwater, do you ever worry that you'll drown?
No, I just wonder how I can get a job that pays me to write these incredibly stupid and irrelevant Random Questions.