NorthCoast Friends of Liberty

Box 261
Mentor, Ohio 44060
(216) 248-8620

The Friends of Liberty mission is to present libertarian ideas to Greater Clevelanders so that they may encounter, evaluate and, when appropriate, embrace the ideas of self-government. We are non-political, though we discuss politics and we know that arm-twisting or lapel-grabbing communication techniques do not work well in selling the ideas of liberty. We are always interested in new ways to bring self-government concepts to Greater Clevelanders and will gladly accept your suggestions on how we may accomplish this goal.

The NorthCoast Friends of Liberty meets the last Monday of each month at Denny's restaurant, 1600 Snow Rd (398-7076). Get off at 77 and Rockside, turn West on Rockside, continue for about 2 1/2 miles and there is the Denny's on the right. We will be in their meeting room. Dinner is from 6:15 to 7PM, then the speaker starts at 7PM.

Experiences in Singapore

McMenamin was unable to attend the March 24 meeting of the NorthCoast Friends of Liberty. With no preparation, Professor Lingle from CWRU gave an outstanding talk about his experiences in Singapore and their implications for liberty. He pointed out using personal examples of how the mind police mentality of the Singaporean system operates. How many American organizations such as Cato and Heritage falsely assume that Singapore is a fine model for Asian Capitalism-Democracy. It's far more Orwellian - he had a different term, less offensive sounding than fascism - "Authoritarian Capitalism".

Stateless Money: Past, Present, and Future

The 19th Annual Howard T. McMyler Memorial Lecture of the Department of Economics Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University by Lawrence H. White, Ph.D. Department of Economics, University of Georgia.

Can money--either currency or deposit--be left to the free market? A century ago, most currency consisted of notes issued by private banks. Today, currency is a nationalized industry. The development of "smart cards" or "digital currency" may soon return the business to private banks. Already a significant share of dollar deposits are in unregulated and uninsured offshore bank accounts, and desktop electronic funds transfers may accentuate this trend. Will rapid movements of "stateless money" destabilize the economy, as some fear, or could they actually provide a salutary check on the monetary policies of governments?

Dr. White received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and has taught at New York University and the University of Georgia. His publications include Free Banking in Britain:Theory, Experience, and Debate, 1800-1845 (1995), Competition and Currency:Essays on Free Banking and Money (1989), several edited books, and numerous articles focusing on the history and policy of banking and monetary institutions.

Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 4:00 p.m. in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Free and open to the public. For information contact Department of Economics, 368-4110.

Federal Income Tax Protest

Don't miss the Annual Federal Income Tax protest in front of the Orange Street Post Office! Be there April 15 at 6pm just south of Jacobs field. Our annual ritual of defending individual rights listed in the Constitution will have us catching the last minute filers and further enhancing their already festive mood with literature explaining how the Federal government is rapidly sliding into debt with their extorted earnings. Liberty flyers will be provided, or bring a huge sign, and help spread the joy!

Do reporters abuse their first amendment rights?

Michael McMenamin, Cleveland Attorney and Contributing Editor to Reason Magazine will be speaking at the next meeting of the NorthCoast Friends of Liberty. McMenamin will explore whether reporters abuse their first amendment rights. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Monday, Apr 28th at the Denny's Restaurant at 1600 Snow Road (at the intersection of Broadview) in Parma. The speech is free and open to all. If you wish to buy dinner, please arrive by 6:15. We hope to have dinner done before the speaker begins at 7pm, with only dessert and coffee being served during the speech. For further information call (216) 248-8620.
For more more information or old events around the NorthCoast contact:
Chair Aaron J. O'Brien (216) 221-7657
Vice Chair Bill Ferry (216) 321-3540
Newsletter Editor Tom Martin (216) 257-1351
At Large Jeff Kanter (216) 248-9995
Web Updates Rob Logan (216) 473-4373