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The Free Press Ensures A Better Society – the Seminal Thoughts of Art Kunkin


Typically, this 50-Year Throwback Thursday section features the LA Free Press Issue of 50 years-ago. Today, I’m sure we’re out of bounds… either because the following – provided in response to the Boston Globe’s Challenge to stand up for a free press- is based on our principles of MORE THAN 50 years (May of 1964 to be exact) OR because the document below giving their rational was actually first published in 2007 – just 11 years ago.

Of course, it’s not like any of those other responses – it’s not all about the Trumpian Way, and the dangers of same. Yes, his progenitors had made their terrible mark back then – in various forms, in too many places, and to too awful a degree – but… Art’s discourse is as it had always been – on the positive side.
He simply published the Los Angeles Free Press in accordance to his beliefs, and the very essence of it did what a free press was to do. And his paper gave rise to 600 more. (It is why our participation in this ‘challenge’ is a bit awkward for us – just now declaring the Right to a Free Press when, so long ago, our fought the good fight – literally.) Minds melded, new ideas blossomed, diversity was the core of a greater unification, and a war was put out of business. One might think there was a Nobel Peace Prize somewhere in the mix. (Not yet, my friends… but surely a thought worth acting on.)

This will not be a new commitment for us – nor a new strategy for us. In fact, what we were doing back then is remarkably similar to what today’s ‘free press’ has evolved into. As you see, Art’s original vision statements – here’s one: “Every reader Is A Reporter” – have come about (Got Facebook?); Fake News is falling to the insistence for truth, going high instead of low, calling out injustice – and getting personal viewpoints instead of the (Establishment’s) third party view, all now fully incorporated components in today’s free press. How nice is that? So, from the Granddaddy of them all, here is what the free press is actually supposed to do. (And, yes, it is a bit different than most people think it is.)

I’ll add this one last note: We were different so long ago, we are so different right now – but our Objectives are the same.
Our format – 50 years back was different than the standard press of the day: Reporters wrote about things that they did not and regularly gave their opinions and, too, our news was very much ‘of the moment’ – ‘live’ reports of participants in, usually, anti-establishment protests but new society efforts (the ‘Movements’ – Womens’ Lib, Free Speech, Psychedelics, Student Rights, Gay Rights,… and ‘happenings’ (art, music, theater, lectures, and the like) as well. It was an effective way toward our basic objective of birthing a better society: overcoming what was wrong by doing what was right: Dow made napalm, people protested, we gave them our support.
Today, we are not first and foremost about the ‘new’ ‘news’. Instead, though it may sound oxymoronic, we lead with ‘old news’: articles remarkably close in content to the concerns of today. is Dow that different than Monsanto? Are we selling billions of dollars of weapons to opposing countries – again, was the Ecology Movement so far afield from Climate Change? You’ll enjoy seeing what was (here’s another one – all those Letters to the Editor assuring us that a plastic card would never replace money, and that the government did not care to see what we were buying where). But, too, and to the point – where did good intentions get steered off track to one that has merely taken us back. Read the lessons of history and the commentary of change. As I said, it will be a trip, and it will take you to where we once all knew we should go.
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Swinging Nuns… or Feminists Out of Habit?



Probably not a story you’ve heard, but one which now seems to be at the beginning of several catch·phrases with which you’re familiar. For instance… does “Speak your truth.” ring a bell? In fact, when you read the snippet of the Convocation Address of Sister Kelly – right there at botttom of the first column of the Swinging Nuns article, continuing to the top of the second column – and you’ll find a viewpoint (in this LA Free Press 50-Year Throwback) that sounds pretty much like the one that many of us have now arrived at today.
We, here, wonder if – had Cardinal McIntyre not sought to put the Nuns’ back on the Church’s proscribed path – if today’s catch-phrases would be nothing more than re-statements of its catechisms.
Take a read, give it some thought, that’s what this re-visit of the era is all about.

Then let’s move on to that story at the bottom of the page – the one on ‘The Beard’.  And reflect on how indignation of the policing of morality has now been replaced by our outright cry to tamp down the Alt-right point of view.  Just Good for the Left, bad for the Right… or a threat to the Rights of all?

LA Free Press Helps Push Peace & Freedom Party onto Ballot



It’s ‘now’ 1968(!) and there is no denying that true political change is upon us!!

Fortunately – in this first week – the downturning and disappointing news that the American Independent Party ‘qualified’ George Wallace as a Presidential Candidate here in California has been upset with the news that the Peace & Freedom Party has also garnered enough signatures for ballot status. And, we say proudly, with the largest total of new signatures of any city in the state, the endorsement of Art Kunkin, our Publisher, surely had something to do with that!

The P&FP was the beginning of many things that you might not remember nor heard of in the time since, but now, remarkably, you are hearing about once more. For instance, Merriam-Webster’s ‘new’ word for 2017 was feminism, due the search for its definition. It was first included back in 1841, rose to the Top Ten Lists in 2014 and 2015, and finally reached #1 with the push of events that closed out 2017.
Originally, the word was very simply defined as ‘the qualities of females’ but now known as an entire range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men. The P&FP was, to a significant degree, made up of those who had thoughts closer to our present understanding of this term along with the specificity of (and it may be coming back)… socialism.

As the Party is just getting into gear, here, at this point in time (in 1968), we’ve much more to talk about as it further incorporates and promotes progressive cultutral values to prospective voters.

If only we could turn the clock ahead 50 years to, say, 2018 to see how it all unfolds… now that would be something, wouldn’t it? I’ll place my bet that when that time comes, the LA Free Press will again be among the first to make that report.

A Personal Statement by The Editor



…the Orginal Editor and Publisher, Art Kunkin(50 years ago, today!) herewith employed his rarely invoked “right to speak to the community as any other Free Press writer might do…”.
And what moved him to that unusual action?

As you can read here, it was his dismay of the success that the American Independent Party had in registering voters in California. Which, in turn, qualified George Wallace to have his name on its ballot for President of the United States.

Surely that was appalling… especially if those registrations were, indeed, an endorsement of the man. However, there was a real draw to that Party’s name. Even today people check it off on the Registration Form… and it’s likely, then like now, the thought is simply that it allows an ‘Independent’ vote, one for candidates of any of the Parties.

And while it may seem like it was a ruse only to place him there so anyone – of any party – could vote for him in the general election, there’s little doubt that there was a core who supported his ‘anti-political norm’ policy, and outright discrimination against the Rights of the minorities. Again, just like those who supported a similar candidate, intentionally, in the last presidential election.

Remarkably, they both had a similar plan to take a devoted minority to bypass an other-minded voting majority. Hadn’t heard of that?  Well, back then, neither had Art…  but he did publish it when Wallace revealed it about a year later.  And we re-published it in our A Unique Perspective section so that you could see how that almost 50-year old plan actually worked! Here’ that article:  https://losangelesfreepress.com/how-wallace-trump-canwill-be-elected-president/

It’s a validation of Art’s concern.  And, too, of his recommendation of supporting a Party that was willing to listen to the views of a wider public. Had Wallace deployed that plan, either we would know right now how our present President is likely to change history… or we may have been forwarned not to have elected him at all.

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