• A Christmas List for the Individualist Camp

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    Mindful
    of subjective valuation, and with all respect to Mr.
    Conger
    , here is an attempt at a list of our own.

    1. Beyond
      Good & Evil
      for XBox,
      GameCube,
      PS2,
      and Windows.
      I know books should come before video games, but Christmas is
      for the kids, right? BG&E follows the adventures of Jade,
      a young woman from the planet Hyllis, who becomes involved in
      a rebel movement to expose a conspiracy within Hyllis’ government
      tied to attacks on the planet by a mysterious alien force. It
      is an action/adventure game in the same vein as the Legend
      of Zelda
      series, but with a much deeper (and timely) story
      involving corruption, politics, and the ultimate power of a free
      press. Recommended for Teens and above.
    2. Harvest
      Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
      for Game Boy Advance. What
      is essentially a farm simulation becomes a great lesson in economics
      as you utilize you're know-how of efficiency, decision-making,
      and time-preference to bring a profit to your farm. There are
      only so many hours in the day to work between sunrise and sundown,
      so effective use of time is crucial. Whether you're planting and
      tending to the crops, or ignoring crops to focus on your farm
      animals – it all comes down to making decisions on how to
      use your time effectively. The game is open-ended, and even contains
      the possibility for romance as you try to woo one of the many
      belles' in town. Recommended for Everyone. Be sure to keep your
      eyes out for Harvest
      Moon: A Wonderful Life
      , coming to the GameCube in January
      '04.
    3. Speaking
      of Liberty
      by Llewellyn Rockwell. Burt Blumert gives
      us a little insight into the book: "This is Rockwell at his
      best. The Rockwell who muffles ‘loud-mouthed’ statist, talk-show
      hosts. The Rockwell who turns commie environmentalists green.
      The Rockwell who is quick and funny — and deadly — when tossed
      into the lion's den. The Rockwell who brings a steel-edged consistency
      to the defense of liberty. Speaking of Liberty IS pure
      Rockwell."
    4. The
      Myth of National Defense
      edited by Hans-Herman Hoppe.
      Eleven chapters by top libertarian scholars on the market provision
      of security. Includes essays by Luigi Marco Bassani & Carlo
      Lottieri, Walter Block, Jörg Guido Hülsmann, Erik von
      Kuehnelt-Leddihn, and Joseph R. Stromberg.
    5. Man,
      Economy, and State
      , Scholar's Edition by Murray Rothbard.
      Read it.
    6. The
      Illusion of Victory: America in World War I
      by Thomas
      Fleming. This book is too important to miss.
    7. Red
      Ryder BB Gun
      . As Benton Enomoto says: "Shooting a
      Daisy teaches you discipline. And discipline makes you a champion."
    8. Kapowwe
      M-60 Toy Machine Gun
      . It is getting harder and harder to find
      toy machine guns. But, take a look at Realistic
      Toy Guns
      , "your friendly neighborhood toy gun dealer,"
      for a variety of Uzi's, M-16's, AR-15's, MP5-A4's, AK-47's, and
      even grenade launchers.
    9. Toyota
      Prius
      to reduce your dependency on oil. I (Justin) know
      I would get immense pleasure and satisfaction knowing I would
      not have to make as many trips to the gas station.
    10. Where
      is the Love
      CD-Single
      by The Black Eyed Peas. Wow,
      a hip hop song with a good message. KRS One is not alone in the
      world after all.
    11. A new
      suit
      , special thanks to Jeffrey
      Tucker's Austrian Eye for the Civilized Guy
      .
    12. Peace
      on earth and amnesty from taxation
      . Maybe we should start
      here.
    13. Donate
      to LRC to keep it going all year round.
    14. Synthetic
      diamonds
      for the lady in your life, and to help bring down
      the De Beers monopoly while you're at it. Available from Apollo
      Diamond
      or Gemesis.
    15. You
      Can't Take It With You
      DVD
      , directed by Frank Capra.
      A true classic based on the 1937 Pulitzer Prize winning play by
      Moss Hart and George Kaufman. Capra reportedly described the play
      as one “whose witchery was so entrancing, wild horses couldn’t
      have dragged [him] away from the final curtain.” Lionel Barrymore
      addresses God at the dinner prayer as “sir” and speaks eloquently
      on why it is great to be alive. Moreover, an anti-tax message,
      hilarious antics, and showcasing the unrivaled talents of Jean
      Arthur.
    16. Gold
      coins
      from Bert Blumert's Camino
      Coin
      .
    17. City
      of God
      DVD
      . A rarity in today's world, a really good
      movie. Obviously, it didn't come out of Hollywood. Co-directed
      by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, it is a stunning
      portrayal of the violence and desolation in the "favelas"
      outside Rio.
    18. Signed,
      first edition of
      Human
      Action
      by Ludwig von Mises.
    19. Red wine
      for your health. Maybe a Burgundy, a Bordeaux, or a St. Emilion;
      but perhaps you'd be wise to stick to wines from a harsher climate,
      packed with more reservatrol.
    20. An island,
      not too far from civilization, to embark on a pure market experiment
      and show the world how it is done.

    Happy
    Festivus, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Merry Kwanzaa, and a Happy
    New Year!

    December
    1, 2003

    Colin
    Ptak [send him mail]
    is a student studying economics and English literature. Justin Ptak
    [send him mail]
    is the Managing Editor of Aubrey
    Herbert's Economic Education
    .


            
            

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