L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 73, May 22, 2000
Mothers Know Best?
Reply to TLE@johntaylor.org
HMMM ... SOUNDS SORT OF LIKE "GUN CONTROL" LAWS
In a study conducted in 1998, five years after three-strikes mania swept the nation, researchers found that California had sent 40,000 criminals to prison as second or third strikers...
"While political rhetoric dominated much of the debate preceding the adoption of these laws -- with claims that three-strikes laws were an essential tool for crime control and the only way to ensure that violent felons were kept off the street -- the laws that resulted have had only minimal impact," the study found.
Rolling back three strikes
EVEN SOCIALISTS GET IT RIGHT SOMETIMES
Nelson Mandela last night called on the people of Zimbabwe to take up arms against President Robert Mugabe.
The Nobel peace prize-winning former South African president condemned leaders who used power to enrich themselves while their people went hungry. Speaking in Johannesburg at a United Nations conference on children, he said: "The public must bring these tyrants down themselves." To do this, people should "pick up rifles".
Topple Mugabe, Mandela urges
DIAL 911 AND DIE, AFRICAN-STYLE
HARARE (Reuters) - Police asked Zimbabwe's High Court Monday to set aside an order evicting black war veterans from mainly white-owned farms, angering farm owners by saying they could not enforce the measure.
Thousands of people claiming to be veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war have invaded farms across the country in recent weeks, sending a nation already mired in its worst economic crisis into political chaos.
The invasions have been sanctioned by President Robert Mugabe, who is facing the toughest opposition challenge of his 20-year-old rule and has called for the redistribution of white-owned land to Zimbabwe's black majority.
The Commercial Farmers Union, which represents Zimbabwe's 4,500 commercial farms -- the backbone of its ruined economy -- obtained a court order banning the invaders from the farms.
But Attorney General Patrick Chinamasa told the court that 60,000 veterans were occupying 1,000 farms and said police could not handle the order.
"At the end of the day any order issued by this court ordering the evictions will be unenforceable," he said in an application to the High Court on behalf of the police.