The Libertarian Enterprise
Number 1, October 1995
Welcome to The Libertarian Enterprise
By L. Neil Smith, Publisher
What The Libertarian Enterprise Is and Isn't
Welcome to the first free pilot edition of The Libertarian
Enterprise, an online publication dedicated to spreading genuine and
unabashed libertarian opinions on the internet and elsewhere.
The Libertarian Enterprise is not a proselytic journal. Our one
goal is to tell the world what libertarians think about things.
Although most of us are politically active, as contributors to The
Libertarian Enterprise, we have no interest in converting anyone to
anything. Our experience is that few individuals are qualified to
be libertarians, that it requires more patience and genius than
today's products of public education are capable of, and that anyone
who must be persuaded to be free probably doesn't deserve to be.
The Libertarian Enterprise is not an organ of the Libertarian
Party. Trust us to speak with our own voices, as we can hardly do
anything else. Often the party's leaders -- especially those at the
national level who are not the most libertarian of people -- will be
unhappy about what we say of them. We're not trying to fool the
public into electing anyone, so you can count on us to state what we
really think about important principles and the issues of the day.
Similarly, The Libertarian Enterprise is not about the insides
of a subculture, which, like many another of history's intellectual
movements, often resembles nothing so much as thousands of shrieking
eunuchs frantically beating each other to death with shoelaces. If
you truly want to read about that sort of thing, there are plenty of
other periodicals out there that specialize in it.
Columns in The Libertarian Enterprise are written by people with
real lives outside party and movement. One is an assistant editorial
page editor at a metropolitan daily. One is a novelist working on his
20th published book. Another is working on #60-something. One is an
officer in an east coast think-tank. One is a systems analyst. Many
are computer professionals. One is a Ph.D. in Physics. One is the
only lawyer I've ever met who seems to be playing with a full deck.
Most (and this is unique) are fully-fledged grownups, both mentally
and socially, who have longtime spouses and even children.
How The Libertarian Enterprise Works
For now, The Libertarian Enterprise will be sent free each month
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Later, maybe by January 1996, The Libertarian Enterprise will
become a weekly publication for profit. First, we will act as a
syndicate, offering material to every print publication in the world
with an E-mail address, telling them they may publish any or all of it
as long as they pay, but that five days later, it'll go to our
subscribers, who'll want to know (because we'll encourage them to ask)
why they didn't see it in their local newspaper or favorite
newsmagazine first. We'll also carry advertising.
A year's subscription to The Libertarian Enterprise will cost
about the same as a year's subscription to Time or Newsweek, and
what you find inside will please you a great deal more. For further
details, please contact our Managing Editor.
L. Neil Smith, Publisher
The Libertarian Enterprise
1. Vin Suprynowicz... "Opportunist Pols Seek Yet Another Way To
Prove Their 'Morality'"
2. John C. Taylor... "There, But For The Grace Of..."
3. L. Neil Smith... "NRA Treachery In Pennsylvania"
4. Robert B. Boardman... "Beyond Moving Beyond Devolution"
5. Vin Suprynowicz... "How Would The Free Market 'Set People To Work'?"
6. Louis James... "XXX, With Love & Passion" (book review)
7. L. Neil Smith... "A Pain In The Colin"
8. Victor Milan... "Giving Up The Gun"
9. J. Wm. Reichert, Esq.... "Who Shall Judge The Judges?"
10. John C. Taylor... "How Do We Reduce Gun Violence in Maryland?" (speech)
11. L. Neil Smith... "Feeding The Ducks"
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