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Self-interest is the reason. Bookstores and distributors will not carry our publications. Periodicals refuse to review our books. Even Soldier of Fortune bans most Loompanics advertising. The cheap and cheesy covers common on early Loompanics publication recall the days when nearly all its books were bought, sight unseen, by mail.
To compensate, Loompanics cultivates its customers shipments within 24 hours in order to keep them.
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Who then are Loompanics customers? You can rent the mailing list to find out, but any of them to worry about are surely among those who checked the box to opt out.
They are probably not the well-armed, high-tech, drug-taking, survivalist, martial-arts, black-marketeering, tax-dodging, life-extensionist, freethinking, paper-tripping Discordian master criminals that a composite of catalog cullings would suggest.
I think they are mostly spiritually restless materialists: macho contemplatives locked into day jobs. They long for the big score.
They take hope from books which parade their contempt for normal life as they portray fantastic possibilities always presented according to a patented formula of tough-minded realism. The typical Loompanics reader is, I conjecture, a surrealist trapped in the body of an engineer. So I doubt the crime rate is much affected by the self-help burglary books or the crime prevention texts. Loompanics is neither pro- nor anti-crime, neither right nor left. Loompanics lore is not so much neutral as double-edged.
Is such rhetoric too facile to excuse a torture manual? Other titles raise real credentials challenges. Libertarianism is no longer the Loompanics reference point it once was. While self-empowerment is the primal product — 54 titles begin with the words How to — Loompanics is doing increasingly good service as an original and reprint publisher of pure ideas.
More often the heretics who scale the soapbox are contemporary. No need for planned obsolescence: the better they sell, the sooner they evoke counter-measures which compel their frequent revision or replacement.
Act now before Congress finally mandates a national ID! New ID in America is one of the best more realistic, less boosteristic.
The tax loophole books wear out even faster. How to Find Missing Persons, an eye-opening introduction to the methods of private investigators, has an aura of authenticity, although it grossly overestimates the number of states where arrest records are open to the public.
If a lot of these books promise more than they deliver, that may be their most important message: to accept no authority at face value, not even their own. Take two of the more notorious recent releases. For Loompanics, victimization is voluntary insofar as it is avoidable. You can survive and even prosper during the bad times while awaiting utopian salvation whether or not it ever comes to pass. How does it all cash out? Surely not in martial-arts marauding. There is more absolute horseshit and just plain lies being put out about drugs than any other subject.
Just say no makes exactly as much sense as Just say yes. My position is Just say know. Drugs have been demonized in this country to provide an excuse to trample on our civil liberties and make us so scared and dumb that we cannot think.
The fact of the matter is that we humans and many other species, too! Esteemed scientists such as Dr. Ronald K. I think that drugs are a positive force in our society, and it is evil to prohibit our access to them.
To give only one example, just think of the economic miracle that would result from the legalization of cannabis not just hemp or medical marijuana but pot for getting high, too. It's already one of the most lucrative cash crops in the USA why not recognize that fact, and all of us benefit from it? It's an ideal crop for small farmers. Why should someone have his life destroyed by being sent to prison for helping people?
Just so some lifelong parasitic pigs can continue to slurp at the public trough? That's not enough reason for me. Legalize it all, and let people be. Q: You have a number of anarchist books in your Catalog. Are you an anarchist? Pretty much so, although I am too much of an anarchist to be an anarchist I have found that the organized anarchists have too many rules and too many leaders for me.
I am so much of an anarchist that I have gone beyond anarchy I am agnostic about anarchism. I guess I would call myself a political solipsist. I don't much know how society should be organized, but I want everybody to be able to live the way they want.
I would like to see everyone create his own reality. I think that any large institution not just government is likely to be dangerous to individuals. That is where I part company with the Libertarians they actually seem to think that large corporations are rivals of the government.
My view is that they have become interchangeable with the government. In fact, corporations now wield even more power than governments look at what is going on in Afghanistan and Iraq, for Chrissakes.
The U. Government is serving the oil and defense industries. Q: So, if a person can't trust the government, and can't trust private corporations, what do you think people should do in order to be more free? Well, I don't have a one-size-fits-all platform that I want everybody to all cluster-fuck together on. I just want people to give their heads a good spring cleaning, and start looking for things they can do to help themselves.
What might be swell for one person might not be a good idea at all for another. But if your mind is closed to the possibility of doing anything except traditional work, you will not be able to recognize an opportunity, even if it bites you on the ass. I sell books on increasing your intelligence, both by raising your I. Plus, it is just plain fun to think about the possibility, the overlooked alternative and freedom should be fun, above all else. If it ain't fun, then it ain't really freedom.
Q: What is the Loompanics logo? Is that some kind of space ship or something? Yes, what that is, is it's an orbiting space colony of the type proposed by Gerard K. O'Neil in his book The High Frontier. I was very impressed by the idea that a relatively small group of people could get off this planet and out by themselves, and literally have their own world. Unfortunately for just about everybody, the idea has been co-opted by the government, in order to militarize outer space Star Wars and right now it doesn't look like we, the people, are ever going to be able to live like that.
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But I like the idea, so I have kept it as the company logo. Q: The Loompanics Catalog and Supplements contain features and articles as well as book write-ups. Uh-huh, I always like to have a couple features that reflect the Catalog's general orientation: individual freedom. There's some really good writing in there. Q: What do you look for in a book to publish or sell? What I really like to see is for someone who knows what he's talking about to take a subject that is little-known, or even abhorrent, and then write a straightforward how-to-do-it book about it.
I love this sort of thing, and I always have, and I always will. I like challenging books, funny books, exciting books, crazy books. Sometimes reporters have asked me What kind of people would download books like these, Mike? I always answer people like me.
When I am putting together the Catalog, or a Supplement, I always imagine what books I would like to see for sale, what books I would download, and I look for those kinds of books.
Useful books, outrageous books, beyond-the-pale books, over-the-top books. I literally cannot get enough of this stuff. Q: How do you get your manuscripts? Do people just send them in, or what? Well, by now, as little-known as we are, Loompanics is well-known enough that we do get a lot of manuscripts that just come in over the transom. But I will also think of ideas for books I'd like to see, and then look for an author to write the book.
Newman, Uncle Fester, and many others whose first books were published by Loompanics. These are all intelligent writers, with great senses of humor, who have a lot to say that is important, and I think it says a lot for my company that we are their publishers. And sometimes one of our regular authors will refer another author to us. Sometimes, other small press publishers will refer an author to us who has a project that isn't quite right for them. And we run listings in Writer's Market, and other standard references soliciting authors.
Lots of times, our customers will become authors. When I was first getting Loompanics going, and was operating it out of my basement, eddie the wire before he was eddie the wire would stop over to the house to download books, and we would shoot the shit, and he looked over all my lock picking titles which were from other publishers , and told me that he could write better stuff.
We get our manuscripts wherever we can. Q: Where do you get your customers? None of your books will ever be available on the paperback rack at Safeway. Well, like our authors, we get our customers wherever we can. We have advertised in magazines such as High Times, Reason, The Nation, and other alternative periodicals. We have also advertised in mainstream intellectual mags like Harper's, The Atlantic, even Popular Science.
The Wall Street Journal has always refused to allow us to advertise, which demonstrates a large lack of faith on their part in the self-correcting mechanism of the free market. Sometimes we will set up at shows and conventions, such as anarchist book fairs, the Northwest Book Fair in Seattle, the American Library Association's convention, gun shows, survival shows, libertarian conventions, comix conventions, and even the big ABA convention a couple of times.
And we mail Samplers and Supplements to bookdownloader lists of other small publishers, and magazine subscribers. Wherever we think there might be literate people who like unusual books, we will try to let them know about us. I also do newspaper and magazine and radio interviews, and we set them up for our authors, too.
I've even been on TV a few times, as have some of our authors. I enjoy talking about freedom of the press and why it is so necessary. Sometimes, I will get an interviewer who wants to do a hatchet job on Loompanics, and portray us as a bunch of Communist child molesters, or something. A couple months ago, I did an NPR interview in which the host Bob somebody became so disoriented with my mocking of the War on Terrorism that he cut me off in the middle of a sentence, sneering, Worst of luck!
When you're in business at the level we're at, there is really no such thing as bad publicity. I'm not looking for people who are afraid to question what their television sets tell them.
If I wasn't pissing off assholes like that NPR guy, I wouldn't have much to offer anyone with brains. Q: Do you think there is such a thing as an evil book? Wouldn't society be better off is some books were just plain not allowed to be printed? Well, I guess you could say that some books are evil that is, evil in their intent.
Myself, I think books encouraging people to be superstitious, books urging people to not think, could be considered evil most religious tracts, for example. But I don't see how society would be better off by banning such tomes. The best thing you can do to superstitious ignorance is to shine the light on it.
Q: But what about books which openly incite violence, books encouraging people to break laws, and even giving detailed instructions on exactly how to do it? Sometimes violence needs to be incited. Most laws are stupid and deserve to be broken. Besides, how could police officers be trained, without knowledge of how laws are broken? People who call for censorship never call for the government to be censored. But what is the government but a bunch of people?
Cops who have a detailed knowledge of criminal techniques might not always be cops. How can you erase information from their brains when they revert to being civilians?
The mass media like to play up the fact that Timothy McVeigh was associated with militia groups although he did not belong to a single such group. What they are less fond of telling us is that McVeigh was trained in the use of explosives by the United States military. One of the most violent publications I have ever seen is US Army Field Manual Combatives an illustrated bible of ways of killing people. It is used to train infantry soldiers. How many ex-infantrymen are walking around right now who have read, and practiced the techniques of, that book?
Obviously, information is not evil only acts of people are evil. Q: But why make it easy for people who want to harm others to obtain information on how to do it?
Why make it difficult for honest people to find out anything they want to know about anything they want to know about? It isn't information that harms anybody it is action. You could make a similar case against just about anything knives, for example. Now, there is something that actually can be used to hurt somebody, and it isn't theoretical, either.
There are thousands of known instances where knives have been used to rob, harm, and even kill people. And knives are for sale everywhere! In literally every town in America, anybody can walk in and download as many knives as they want, with no questions asked.
But I am not aware of anybody who wants to outlaw knives. However, there are people who think publishers should be jailed, or sued, for publishing books about knives.
As far as I can figure, censors, whatever their stated rationales, are people who fear knowledge. That's what it is. They don't want people to know. But anybody who would be put in charge of banning books would themselves have to know what was in the books, or how else could they determine that a book is bad? Censors think they should be allowed to read the very books they want to imprison us for reading!
I don't want anybody telling me that I can't read something. Nobody but me has the right to decide that for me. Q: So would-be censors are trying to manipulate people via their fear of the unknown? And the less you know, the more susceptible you are to manipulation via your ignorance. That's what all leaders do. It's how they try to make themselves seem necessary they're going to protect you from some vague menace, and the vaguer the menace, the more ignorant you have to be to fall for their line.
They don't want you to have facts at your command, or to know how to think. Just look at the dazzling array of vague menaces the mass media tries to scare us with every single day. Terrorists, Satanists, Pedophiles, Drug Dealers, and so on. Whenever, say, some fucked up kid shoots a few people at a school, it is blared on every channel for days, weeks, months, even years afterwards, creating the false impression that it can happen anywhere.
The fact is, that insofar as school shootings are concerned, they have hardly ever happened anywhere. A kid actually has a better chance of being struck by lightning on the playground than to be shot by another student. They want you to be afraid. They don't want you to be calm and sensible, and efficacious, and in charge of yourself.
They want you to come running to them. And their solutions are never more freedom. It's always less freedom, more surveillance, more rules, more laws, more cops, more teachers, and more snitches.
Most high schools now have surveillance cameras in them, on the pretense that they are protecting the kids from being shot.
Actually, no school shooting has ever been solved by surveillance cameras. Those cameras are there to catch the kids breaking petty rules, such as sneaking a joint, or something equally harmless. And to train the kids to get used to always being spied on. That's what compulsory schooling is really all about. One of the most brilliant of their deceptions is the false equation of schooling with education.
They are not the same thing at all. Schooling means going to school period. Education means learning and most real learning takes place outside of school. I mean, just think of anything you know how to do. Riding a bicycle, for instance. You know how to ride a bike, don't you? How did you learn that? Did you go to a taxpayerfinanced, chain-link-fence-surrounded, surveillance-camera-infested government building, sit in your assigned seat afraid to say a word unless a tax-consuming bureaucrat gave you permission, and then suck up to him so he will give you a good grade?
You just went out and did it, that's how you learned to ride a bike. And it is the same with just about everything. School is the worst way to try to learn anything.
Q: So the less we know, the easier we are to manipulate? The less we know, and the less we are able to find things out, and the less we want to find things out. The best thing for them is to get us so we do not want to think for ourselves. Then we will fall for their phony baloney. Look at how they try to scare us about drugs, for instance. They never admit the positive side of drugs, the real reasons why people take them. They always find some case of a person who can't handle some substance, and then try to pretend that every case of a person taking that drug will have that negative result.
For example, consider methamphetamine. Now there is a drug that has been thoroughly demonized. Most people think meth is just plain bad, but like any other drug, it can be, and is, used without harm by lots of people. The US military gives methamphetamine to its pilots to help them stay awake while they are carpet-bombing Third World civilians. But you don't see whoever the current Drug Czar is trumpeting that fact. They will always pick out some pathetic junkie who got strung out on meth, and then claim that it is the fault of the drug.
And unless we keep meth superoutlawed, and even consider imprisoning people who write about meth, then your kids are going to wind up like that junkie.
What faulty reasoning! That is like pointing to a wino lying drunk in the gutter and saying, Look what an evil substance wine is.If that's what it takes to protect our kids from wine, then I'm in favor of it.
A guy isn't even allowed to work on his own car anymore, because the knowledge of how his car runs is the intellectual property of the car manufacturers. Bradford had earlier located. Q: For many of the people reading this interview, this will be their first introduction to Loompanics Unlimited.
Loompanics Unlimited was an American book seller and publisher specializing in nonfiction on generally unconventional or controversial topics, with a philosophy arguably tending to a mixture of libertarian and left wing ideals, although Loompanics carried books expressing other political viewpoints including far right as well as outspokenly apolitical ones.
Government funding is one of the best forms of sneaky censorship first the Feds tax away money from localities, so that then local institutions need to be helped by Federal funds; then all sorts of social engineering strings are attached to the funding which was taxed away from the locals to begin with.
Q: The Drugs Section in your current Catalog contains more than 70 titles. I'm not looking for people who are afraid to question what their television sets tell them. Most laws are stupid and deserve to be broken.