About the Author

Protesting the Wall St. bailout in front of the GSA building

The author of this blog is a mad scientist and longtime political activist. He’s mad because he hates filling out forms, grant proposals and other such nonsense. He is so mad that he left academia immediately after getting his Ph.D. (in physics) because he saw professors spending more time writing grant proposals than doing actual research. What a waste!

He was mad enough (in both senses of the word?) to be a member of the Libertarian Party for a quarter century, trying to liberate the nation from the tangle of red tape in which we are all enmeshed. Another waste!

The People weren’t interested in an overly radical political party which had little to no chance of winning elections (and possible dire consequences if it did). They were also concerned about the fate of the poor under a libertarian society. And frankly, some people just want free government money more than they want freedom.

And so the evil doctor has come up with a cunning plan to bypass the barriers of political activism. Give The People what they want while still abolishing 80% of the bureaucracy which makes libertarian types secrete red bile. Give The People free money.

The idea of combining freedom and free money is not new. Thomas Paine had a proposal over two centuries ago. Other noted freedom lovers with some kind of guaranteed income proposal include: Henry George, Robert Heinlein, Milton Friedman, and Charles Murray. Even Richard Nixon proposed a guaranteed income to replace the welfare system of his day.

But none of them succeeded in getting their plans enacted, despite their fame and/or power. The present author hopes to do better by using an insight gained while working a Libertarian Party outreach booth at the Fairfax County (Va.) fair many years ago. At the time the LP had a very nice outreach table, yet getting people to stop was a considerable challenge. Meanwhile, a few tables down some sales people were drawing a huge crowd by demonstrating some cookware. Self interest beat out radical politics by a factor of 30.

So be it. Millions of people want free money from the government. They can have it. The author has been known to say, “You can have your free money, but you’ll have to dismantle the welfare state to get it. Bwahahahahahahaha!”

Never appeal to a man’s “better nature.” He might not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you better leverage.

--Robert A. Heinlein