Karl Hess, Jr. speaks at Karl Hess Club

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  FEBRUARY 21, 2011                                      

[200th meeting]

Karl Hess IV

“Whither Conservation in the 21st Century:
More Government or More Liberty?

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue)
in West Los Angeles (310) 645-0456.  The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

7:00  p.m.  Gathering Time
8:00  p.m.  Dinner  (Order from the regular menu)
8:45  p.m.  Announcements       <–(Note starting time)
9:00  p.m.  Guest Speaker: Karl Hess IV
10:00  p.m. Q & A     <–(please hold questions and comments until this time)
10:30  p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s    <–(please depart the premises
at this time)

11:00  p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling    Lounge- Radisson Hotel
1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City (across from Dinah’s)

Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus
SPECIAL DUES: $5.00 (this month only)    Club Cover Charge

For information on the Karl Hess Club: http://www.karlhessclub.org/


The role of the State in our personal, community, and business affairs has followed an upward trajectory in the 20th Century. Now, in the first decade of the 21st Century, the trajectory appears largely unchecked.

The War on Terrorism, the Great Recession, and the bold advance of new social programs suggest an unprecedented role of the State in our everyday lives. Conservation challenges these developments in unanticipated ways, and for reasons that are ultimately libertarian in nature.

Born of aggressive Federal and State action in the early 20th Century - e.g., the creation of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the “North American Conservation Model” upon which State Fish and Wildlife agencies are financed - Conservation evolved as an activity dominated principally by the agencies of the State.

The world changed in 1970. Although the First Earth Day was ostensibly a call for more aggressive State involvement in Conservation, its long-term outcome over the past 40 years has been to slowly but irreversibly transform Conservation from an affair of government to a democratic movement of people characterized increasingly by volunteerism, cooperation, network governance and entrepreneurship.

Where once Alexis de Tocqueville declared the town meetings of New England local laboratories of liberty and democracy, Conservation is becoming and has the potential to become the 21st century equivalent. Increasingly libertarian in concept and application, Conservation is the organizing principle and activity by which contemporary people exercise control over their lives, their communities, and their properties.

Conservation carries with it, and sustains, the founders vision of a nation of equal and freely interacting individuals and communities. And it is from their spontaneous interactions and creations that will emerge the Conservation order of the 21st Century.


We like to have Karl return every one hundred meetings to address the club…. Well, we won’t put off the next visit quite so long, but it does make for an extra special way to celebrate our two hundredth meeting!  He is, as heir and namesake of that personage for whom our organization is named, the most appropriate of associations.

Karl is a noted ecologist and champion of appropriate technology.  He and his family now reside in
Virginia after many years in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  We are very happy to welcome Karl back and
thankful that he is able to make the trip across the country to be with us.  Please take this grand opportunity to see Karl, join in the conversation, and also enjoy further reminiscences of his father.


Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles.  The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.  You may be seated in the meeting room at that time.  Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until  8 p.m.  The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp).   Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00).  Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab.  The club dues will be collected from you.  Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Please remember: Special Dues of $5.00 this meeting only! Thanks!

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.

Upcoming Programs Scheduled:
March 21, 2011       Tibor Machan “Is Democracy for Everybody?” [Award Night: The SEK3 Memorial Chauntecleer]
April 18, 2011         Richard B. Boddie “SEK3 Was Right After All” [7th Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Lecture]
May 16, 2011         Ben Pleasants “Erotica vs Pornography”
June 20, 2011         Terry Brussel on Line Marriage  [17th Anniversary KHC]
July 18, 2011          Roger Bissell “Ayn Rand and the Logic of Liberty”
August 15, 2011     Howard Hinman “The Secrets of MERS and the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.”


Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Radisson Hotel Culver City.   When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Radisson and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Radisson is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one  block West of Sepulveda Boulevard).  It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.:  the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase.   The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

Radisson Telephone: (310) 649-1776

For More Hotel Info, see: Radisson Website:  http://www.radisson.com/culver-city-hotel-ca-90230-6306/caculver

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

We Also Highly Recommend:

Looking for Hugh, The Capitalist Guidebook, a novel by Leon Weinstein
2009 WAM-art.net  4780 Poe Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 91364  $12.99
For more information and to order a copy, contact: inquiries@wam-art.net or 818 716-7064

The author, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, started writing plays in high school, going on to direct theatre shows and films.  In 1974 he immigrated to Israel where he organized the Theatre for Youth and was twice nominated for the Best Children’s Show of the Year.  Author of numerous plays, short stories and a variety of political articles, Mr. Weinstein co-founded Weinstein Art Management, in Woodland Hills, which is aimed at providing venues for artists from ex-communist countries. He is currently on a quest to prevent socialism from taking over the United States of America.

The author says that “this book  is an attempt to apply to everyday life the philosophical principles of Ayn Rand and many other proponents of Capitalism and individual freedom. My thanks go to Antoine de Saint Exupery for writing The Little Prince, Lewis Carroll for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, L. Frank Baum for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Jonathan Swift for Gulliver’s Travels. These four authors were my guiding stars in creating Looking for Hugh.”

It is the story of a  teenage boy searching for his lost friend Hugh in a series of encounters after a ride on a kite to the “Thousand Islands Empire.”  Part fantasy and part polemic, the vignettes portray a series of situations each illustrating different facets of oppression brought about by adherence to various political philosophies.  Intended for adults but accessible to younger readers, the author hopes that this work will serve to educate and inspire those who would champion the ideals of a free society.  This book is very readable and is highly recommended.  Mike says: ****1/2
Available at Amazon:


A new institution of higher learning:  The C. S. Lewis College in Massachusetts

Dr. J. Stanley Mattson, the Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Foundation, was inspired to use the Foundation to acquire and restore The Kilns, the home in the English countryside Professor Lewis shared with his brother Warren Lewis, and later his wife, Joy Davidman.  Fully restored and updated for practical living, it now serves as a retreat and study centre for scholars.

Over the years the Foundation’s mission has grown and developed to include OxBridge, a tri-ennial convention of those devoted to Lewis and the Inklings which spans a two week period at locations in and around Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In the United States each year there is a series of regional quarterly workshops and retreats held in such locations as San Antonio, Austin, and Navasota, TX; Nashville, TN; San Diego, CA; and Asheville, NC.

The Foundation’s latest project is the C.S. Lewis College which will commence Fall 2012 in its recently purchased campus (the former Northfield Mount Hermon School located in Northfield, Massachusetts), on the site of a college for Christian women founded by evangelist Dwight L. Moody in 1879.

The new institution is the culmination of a four decade long quest of the Foundation to establish a Christian Great Books College somewhere in the United States.

Dr. Mattson, in an article in the Spring 2010 issue of the Chronicles of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, its quarterly newsletter, stressed that C.S. Lewis College will be distinctive in a number of areas, first and foremost in its frank and robust embrace of Christian thought and life.

The curriculum areas envisioned for this fully accredited institution are Great Books, and Visual and Performing Arts. The Great Books curriculum, under development now, will encompass the seminal writings of the greatest thinkers of Western civilization, ranging from physics to politics to poetry and everything in between. A school of Visual and Performing Arts will follow within a few years.

Based on the classical curriculum found in British universities, modified to include the works of some modern writers including C.S. Lewis, Great Books will be one course of study, all works read by each and every student, and individually defended in discussion-based seminars and tutorials.

“This means that students who choose C.S. Lewis College will do so because they desire to assume primary responsibility for their own education,” according to Dr. Mattson.

Initial funding of the school is primarily by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. which had purchased the campus for the Foundation and provided funds for its operation and capital improvements. Following start up, the College will be funded by a combination of tuition, private donations and grants.

For more information on the C.S. Lewis Foundation and current programs along with news on the college, please visit www.cslewis.org   and  http://www.cslewiscollege.org/

Random End Notes:

The decision was taken to try the Radisson for an Aftermeeting venue by virtue of its very close proximity to our dinner venue and also because it is quieter (if not downright sedate) than the Back Stage.  Last month, the reaction was good. The staff is very friendly and efficient. We found out that validated parking is available. That makes it safer and more comfortable to attend the Aftermeeting.


Recommended Local Event:



Live Lectures Again!

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The Freedom Chamber

FreeCham Kelley

is “The Freedom Chamber” is the name of our first live lecture series in Long Beach, CA, where we’ll be presenting the builders of freedom.  You’ll meet people and hear topics like:



  • Jay Snelson - on the influence of Robert LeFevre on Andrew Galambos and volitional science
  • Alvin Lowi — on the hidden history of volitional science
  • Spencer MacCallum - on private cities
  • Michael Shermer - on The Believing Brain; from ghosts to gods to politics and conspiracies.
  • Chas Holloway - on the nature of networks and the shape of the future
  • And more…

Each event costs only $15.00 per ticket!


And by the end of 2011, a full-length live course on the science of freedom will be up and running, again.  Updated.  Faster-paced for modern audiences.  With detailed photos, animations and videos.  


We’re building freedom again!


But to do all this, we need your help - we need you (and everyone you know) to become a Freedom Chamber member. 


How Can You Become a Freedom Chamber Member?
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To become a member, contact us with your credit card information which we’ll keep on file and bill you $15.00 per ticket only on the months when we have a live event.


There will be seven live events during 2011.


Call us at one of these phone numbers now:





Chas or Kim Holloway:  760-522-2480

Debbie Burruel:  714-401-8203


And hurry! The Van Dyke Auditorium only seats 200, so  join now while seats are still available.           


What Are the Befits of Becoming a Member?



Discount ticket price! 


As a member, your tickets will cost only $15.00 each.  (Non-members pay $20.00)




You’ll get a free  audio recording on mp3 CD of every live lecture.   





You’ll get periodic discounts on products, such as The V-50 Lectures.




You’ll get a 10% discount on Libertopia, October 20 through 23, 2011.


* You can cancel your membership at any time.


More Information

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The Freedom Chamber live events will be held at the Van Dyke Auditorium in Long Beach, California, which is part of the Long Beach Memorial Hospital campus. 


For dates, times, directions and more information, please visit:


The Freedom Chamber


After each live event, audience members and speakers will meet at a local restaurant called Nino’s Italian.  It’s located about a mile away from the Van Dyke Auditorium.   


For directions and more information, please visit:


The Freedom Chamber

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