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About Nathalie Marcus

Nathalie Marcus is a bilingual (French and English) editorial consultant for print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. As an audiobook producer, she finds the voice actors to narrate the books, sets the production schedules, and oversees the postproduction and auditing (quality assurance) of the final products. She holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Virginia.

Editing for Liberty #6: One Good Thing

Can You Spot the Error?

  1. There is one good thing about Marx: He was not a Keynesian.
  2. The shadow minister, Chris Bryant, tabled a motion referring allegations about the hacking of MPs’ phones to the standards and privileges committee. (Guardian)
  3. What this means is that if a religious group purchases land, fair and square, with the intention of constructing a religious building, they are well within their rights to do so.

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Editing for Liberty #5: Tea Parties and TLC

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  1. “‘The old tax is the good tax’.”
  2. Mattel bought The Learning Company (TLC) for $3.5 billion in 1999.
  3. Several Tea Party congressmen were recently called “terrorists” by powerful Democrats.
  4. Internet and e-mail providers are being pressured to keep their clients from illegally downloading material.

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Editing for Liberty #4: Columbians and Compound Predicates

Can You Spot the Error?

  1. For generations of Americans, Columbia’s Juan Valdez symbolized coffee production.
  2. Governor Lee was the Governor of Utah.
  3. If these authors are right, an anarcho-libertarian society could provide for defense in an entirely adequate way.
  4. He maintained his principles and never gave into the academic trends of his time.
  5. She was asked to testify before congress.
  6. There were strange goings on in the neighborhood.
  7. There are even more obvious solutions than that one.
  8. This 1000-page book is worth reading.
  9. The American right long ago slid into the abyss.
  10. He walked the dog and he found a cat.

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Editing for Liberty #3: Dangling Modifiers and Political Divisions

Spot the Error

  1. Nicholson amplified that point, telling the crowd that Yanke had one speed for both work and play: peddle to the metal.
  2. His Congressional District was in the State of Washington.
  3. Stepping back and looking at the broad sweep of US history in which the dollar was anchored to gold, its purchasing power was on average constant for large stretches.
  4. Only the Austrian approach offers a different paradigm, and allows us to see just what is wrong with the “aggregate-demand” view of the economy.

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Editing for Liberty #2: Oxford Commas and Other Punctuation

The Oxford Comma

When you have a series ending with a conjunction, you need to use the serial or Oxford comma. (He talked about the economy, loss of jobs, and the cash-for-clunkers program.) Note that this comma is not used in journalism.

PS: If you don’t like the Oxford comma or if you think that punctuation can be sacrificed for love, you might enjoy this song, “Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend. (Be warned, however, that it contains some “language.”)

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Editing for Liberty #1: Double Definitions and Adding Emphasis

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  1. Many students at the time, opposed to the Vietnam War and worried about the growth of leviathan in all areas of life, were drawn to libertarianism.
  2. Rothbard writes that “The gains to the inflators are visible and dramatic; the losses to others hidden and unseen, but just as effective for all that.” [emphasis added]
  3. The anti-intellectual property advocates attacked their opponents for being inconsistent on several points.

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