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Number 779, July 13, 2014
The United States government is a police state,
run by maniacs who hate humanity. The United
States government is not civilisation.

Bad dreams
Bad dreams
by Rex May


The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
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Letters to the Editor
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Clashing Civilisations
by Tyrone Johnson
In the July 13th, 2014 issue of The Libertarian Enterprise, our intrepid editor quotes someone named "Tom Kratman" posting at a blog site called "Vox Populi" that "we're stuck in a self reinforcing cascade of civilizational decay." Are we "stuck" in a cascade of civilizational decay? Goodness, that sounds very scary. One has visions of being caught in an avalanche or mud slide, clearly nothing to joke about, although it necessarily makes one feel there is some sort of slippery slope involved.

In the News
by A.X. Perez
Have been watching the "Breaking News" re: the downing Malaysia flight #17 (that's not a hashtag). There have been many talking heads speculating what has happened, the bottom line is that at the time I am writing this (1231 hours, 17 July, 2014) all we know for sure is that the plane is down in the area where the Ukrainian Government and anti Government pro-Russian rebels are disputing territorial control. Transparency is advised, lest we continue to stumble towards WW IV.

by C.D. Michel
When the gun control movement's spokesperson admits that their policies don't offer working solutions to the criminal misuse of firearms, will the core of the gun control movement soon crumble? If only.

More Misconceptions and Straw Man Arguments
by Sean Gangol
Since I have been addressing the misconceptions and straw man arguments made by statists on the left, I think it's about time that I respond to those made by the right. Sometimes I find the logic of the right even more infuriating. One of the concepts that seem to freak conservatives out the most is the legalization of drugs. It's not to say that we don't have a few exceptions to this rule, but for the most part conservatives like to treat the opponents of their beloved drug prohibition policies as if they had just been committed to a mental institution.

Proxmired: The Sad State of America's Retreat From Space
by Jeff Fullerton
I have long considered myself misfortunate in having missed out on much of the excitement of the Space Advocacy movement that emerged during the post Apollo malaise of the 1970s. At a time when many of my childhood dreams inspired by the first footsteps on the moon and Saturday morning cartoons were being drowned in a torrent of cultural pessimism. Have often wondered how different things might have been if I had learned much sooner about concepts like Dandridge Cole's "Islands in Space" and Gerard K. ONeill's L-5 colonies and solar power satellites. Rather than later from stumbling across a few books in the school library or articles in issues of Astronomy Magazine that my aunt used to give me.

Self-Publishing: A Brief Guide for Beginners
by Sean Gabb
Why, you can ask, should I care about self-publishing? Writing as Richard Blake, I've had six big novels brought out by Hodder & Stoughton. Editorial control is minimal. The reviews are good. I've been translated into half a dozen languages. Sales more than offset the publisher's cut. There's money in those books, and prestige. So why self-publishing? The answer is control. Hodder doesn't mind the libertarian tinge I give my historical fiction. Everything else I write, though, is very libertarian. British publishers see that as a niche market with little return. I did find a publisher for my latest novel, The Break. But the changes demanded were more than I fancied. The book is a post-apocalyptic thriller—no problems there. The problem is that it's also a brutal satire on our leftist managerial state. That had to go, I was told, or be toned down. I disagreed. And so, together with my earlier Churchill Memorandum, it's joined the long list of my other self-published books.

Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 7-20-2014
by Neale Osborn
This week, Mama Liberty starts us out right. Although I bet some of you will (incorrectly) think she's harsh. "Not my problem. I'm sure a lot of people would consider that a harsh thing to say, but if you'll stay with me a bit you should easily see that it is the only real answer to the whole "politically correct" thing sweeping this country and, incidentally, the world."

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The Wrecking Crew
by Sara A. Hoyt

In fact, taking over every form of mass media of any image-making stuff is always the first priority of leftist governments because they're really fanatical putzes selling themselves as geniuses and because reality—that meany— inevitably fails to conform to their expectations.
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And here's a Decleration of Independence for writers from Joe Konrath

When in the Course of publishing events, it becomes necessary for writers to sever their ties with the industry that is supposed to have "nurtured" them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we should declare the causes which impel those writers to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all writers should have an equal chance to find readers.
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The break-up of the (mostly) New York City monopoly on book publishing is—or will be once it gets itself sorted-out—one of the best things to have happened for writers and readers in a long time.

And, finally, for a depressing look at utterly insane ideas, see this discussion of "PIV", (which means "Penis In Vigana", another word for rape it says... no, really!):


Of course, as libertarians we will not try to prevent such silly ideas being presented, but we can hope the author finds... reality.

And that's the way it is in the American Police State™, July 20, 2014

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