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Newsstand Distribution by Eastern NewsrnDistributors, Inc., One Media Way, 12406 Rt. 250rnMilan, Ohio 44848-9705rnCopyright © 1997 by The Rockford Institute.rnAll rights reserved.rnChronicles (ISSN 0887-S731) is publishedrnmonthly for $39.00 (foreign subscriptions add $12rnfor surface delivery, $48 for Air Mail) per year byrnThe Rockford Institute, 934 North Main Street’,rnRockford, IL 61103-7061. Preferred periodicalrnpostage paid at Rockford, IL and additional mailingrnofhces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes tornChromcks. P.O. Box 800, Mount Morris, IL 61034.rnThe views expressed in Chronicles are thernauthors’ alone and do not necessarily reflectrnthe views of The Rockford Institute or of itsrndirectors. Unsolicited manuscripts cannot bernreturned unless accompanied by a self-addressedrnstamped envelope.rnChroniclesrnVol.2], No,? May 1997rnPrinted m Clie Wnrlcd State* of AiiiericarnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESrnOn Franklin SandersrnThe commitment to principle of coinrnand precious metals dealer FranklinrnSanders (“The Most Dangerous Man inrnthe Mid-South,” February) is well knownrnto his customers and lellow coin dealers.rnHe is even better known to the “freedomrnmovement” through his newsletter ThernMoneychanger.rnSanders reveals his true priority whenrnhe says, “In 1980,1 opened my own businessrnin West Memphis. . . selling physicalrngold and silver. The first thing I didrnwas to write the Arkansas Attorney Generalrnto explain that I thought exchangesrnof gold and silver money for paper moneyrnwere not subject to the sales tax, sincernthey were exchanges of money for money.”rn(Italics added.) To anybody launchingrna coin and precious metals business,rnan issue like the constitutional definitionrnof money would ordinarily be set aside tornmore immediate concerns like financing,rnestablishing identity, seeking a customerrnbase and market niche. This wouldrnseem essential in starting any new enterprise.rnNot for Sanders. His precious metalsrnbusiness would be the vehicle for a crusadernwhich would inevitably lead to jail.rnSanders says, “I did not sally forth lookingrnfor dragons to slay. The dragon camernto me.” In his sad odyssey, Sandersrnthrew enough rocks and pebbles at theserndragons to encourage them to crush him,rnand because of this it is difficult to readrnhis chronicle without being sickened andrnoutraged by the evil arrogance of thernwarfare-welfare state. The corpses are allrnaround us, and courageous people likernFranklin Sanders are early victims.rnHe’s wrong in his judgment, however,rnthat we must all follow his path. “Eitherrnyou oppose a lie, or you becoine a liar.rnYou can kid vourself and say you are onlyrngoing along because they have all thernguns, but day by day, year by year, yourrnintegrity erodes. Finally, you becomernlike the tyrants: just one more liar.”rnEvery true patriot, whether he be businessman,rnmagazine editor or publisher,rnjournalist or academic, walks the line betweenrnmaintaining integrity and “stayingrnin business.” One day each of us may bernforced to draw his line in the sand, butrnmeanwhile we struggle as best we can tornlive and promote the principles of freedom,rnwhile retaining family and career.rnWe need the Franklin Sanderses ofrnthe worid. These heroes may one day berncelebrated in Freedom’s Hall of Fame.rnIf there ever is such a place, FranklinrnSanders will have a prominent plaque inrnthe money pavilion.rnI am sending another check today tornthe Franklin Sanders Defense Fund.rn—Burton S. BlumertrnCoin and precious metals dealerrnPresident, Center for Libertarian StudiesrnBurlingame, CArnOn Anti-OrthodoxyrnJames Jatras has attempted to define thernnature and cause of anti-Orthodox sentimentrnamong opinion-makers in thernWest in his February article “Pravoslavophobia.”rnThere is certainly a degree ofrnprejudice in the mundane sense of a biasrnbased on ignorance, and this is compoundedrnby the tendency of journalistsrnand politicians to frame the complexitiesrnof life in a story line with simplistic goodrnand evil subjects.rnBut I would not be so easy on folks.rnWhile they might be ignorant of thernspecific history and teachings of OrthodoxrnChristians in foreign cultures, theyrndon’t really need to have more knowledge.rnThey are acting out of an intuitionrnthat tells them all thev need to know.rnIn other words, they don’t have to studyrnOrthodoxy to understand that it is thernenemy.rnWhy is this? It is because the very existencernof something we might call Orthodoxyrnis not supposed to be. Humanityrnshould have evolved beyond that pointrnbv now. The whole “modern” experiment,rnas it were, is a revolutionary revoltrnagainst monarchy and traditional institutionsrnthat used to represent Divine Rulernin man’s mundane affairs. The wholernpurpose of the American experiment isrnto reject the old, sinful world, based on arndoctrine of obedience to King andrnChurch, and to replace it with a newrnworld and a new man that is in charge ofrnhis own destiny and capable, one day, ofrneliminating sin, where the whole idearnof culture is devoid of meaning.rn4/CHRONICLESrnrnrn