Loompanics

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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. The topics in their title list included drugs, weapons, anarchism, sex, and conspiracy theory, among others. Many of their titles describe some illicit or extralegal actions, such as ‘Counterfeit I.D. Made Easy,’ while others are purely informative, like ‘Opium for the Masses.’

Mike Hoy started Loompanics Unlimited in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1975. He later moved the business to Port Townsend, Washington, where his friend and fellow publisher R.W. Bradford had earlier located. The company’s name is a play on words inspired by Hoy’s fondness for National Lampoon.

In January 2006, Loompanics announced that it was going out of business, and that it was selling off its inventory. Paladin Press acquired the rights to 40 titles previously published or sold by Loompanics, including the works of Claire Wolfe, Eddie the Wire, and other popular Loompanics authors.

In addition to Loompanics’ massive annual catalog of its entire stock, Loompanics regularly mailed its customers a thinner quarterly supplement featuring a selection of books interspersed with articles about government propaganda and conspiracies, and/or underground resistance. The addressing side of the cover included an American World War II graphic of an eagle carrying a stack of volumes and the slogan, ‘Our men want books!’

Loompanics did not fall into the categories of mainstream liberal, conservative, or libertarian politics. While Hoy expresses a favor for free markets, he also criticizes libertarians for championing multinational corporations, which he describes in a 2005 article as being entirely different entities from individuals. Hoy characterizes them as governmental entities, since their limited liability is the result of government fiat, rather than contractual dealings among individuals. Thus, in some ways, Hoy argues, corporations have more rights than individuals.

He also criticized libertarians for brainwashing themselves, stating: ”Libertarian’ followers have been taught numerous thought-stopping techniques by ‘Libertarian’ leaders, so that anyone who attempts to discuss the non-market reality of corporations is slapped with a negative label (‘anti-corporate,’ ‘anti-trade,’ etc. – there are lots), and then any questions raised by that person are literally unthinkable to ‘Libertarians.”

Hoy’s articles, which systemically lambast the policies of all major political groups, have earned him the wrath of organizations across the political spectrum.

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