IN THIS ISSUE: Manuel gets raked over the coals; L. Neil stomps on
incumbents' ashes; and Vin whizzes on appellate embers.
Letters To The Editor
from Mimbreno Chiracahua, Mike Kerner, Paul Birch, Scott R. Keszler,
Curt Howland, Bill Bunn, Curt Howland again, Jan Narveson, John Lopez, Caleb Paul,
and Erik Hanson
by L. Neil Smith
I don't know whether you've noticed it or not, but everybody who was
pretending to be in charge of America the day before September 11,
2001, is still pretending to be in charge. The difference is that they
have more money to play with, and a hell of a lot more power over our
Right Wing What?
by Carl Bussjaeger
I've just finished reading Manuel Miles' rather disturbing article,
Right Wing Anarchy: A Dead End (TLE #179, June 24, 2002). Mr. Miles
states that, in an attempt to learn more about "right wing anarchism",
he has been posting at an "anarcho-capitalist" site.
Catholic Church Faces New Sex Scandal
by Wendy McElroy
Scandal in the Catholic Church may be spreading from priests' abuse of
children to abuse of women, especially nuns.
Rescuing Us From Success
by James Maynard
On June 8th of this year, Forbes magazine published an article,
written by Quentin Hardy, entitled "Boondoggle". This article
concerns Joseph Liebermanís recently submitted National Broadband
Strategy Act of 2002, which calls for Government sponsorship of high-
speed Internet connections across America.
So There's This Ticket Agent and This Jokey Passenger, See ...
by David M. Brown
In The Crunch Report's eerily prophetic dystopian play about
being at the airport, a character asserts that under the terms of the
so-called "Patriot Act," it is now illegal to tell jokes while in
transit. Just another fantastical science-fiction scenario that could
never actually happen.
Against the Freestate Project
by Mark Etanerkist
The Freestate Project is a project
where 20,000 libertarian-minded people move to a state with the
intention of taking it over through voting. Jason Sorens, the founder
of the project, has put together some impressive essays on what 20,000
active voters can do in a state with a low number of voters. He and
his fellow members of the project have also compiled a large amount of
data on various qualities of the smaller states to see which state
would be the easiest to take over. It appears quite a bit of thought
has been put into, and will continue to be put into, this project.
However, there is one thing that is left unanswered: What right do
these 20,000 people have to impose a state on the people not wanting
to live under their "free" state - isn't a free state kind of like a
A Ridiculous Decision
by Vin Suprynowicz
Possibly the most exasperating result of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals decision Wednesday to declare the Pledge of Allegiance
unconstitutional in nine Western states was the apparently
irresistible temptation it dangled before politicians and other
publicity seekers to storm about in public, bugling their
righteousness, waving the Bible and wrapping themselves in the flag
Too Little, Too Late
by L. Neil Smith
A small asteroid crossed Earth's orbit last week, coming within 75,000
miles of the Mother Planet, three times closer than the Moon.
Described as about the size of a "football pitch" -- the field where
Europeans and other simps play babykickyball -- it buzzed by into the
wild black yonder where it was only spotted by astronomers three days
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