IN THIS ISSUE: some good "thinking points" on the Confederacy by
Jim Antle, and some equally good ones on "friendly fire" by Manuel
Miles. Plus many thoughtful insights from our contributors on "free"
solutions to today's problems.
Letters To The Editor
from Jason P Sorens, William A. Arvola, Marc Furman,
MacGregor K. Phillips, Doug Heard, Paul Birch, Julian Morrison, Robert Williams,
Brian Gross, Jack Jerome, Carl E. Mullin, and Curt Howland
The Liberty vs. Security Game
by David Rostcheck
What do gun control laws, random airport passenger searches, and drug
tests for public school students who engage in after-school activities
all have in common?
by Manuel Miles
The uproar over the recent "friendly fire" attack on Canadian troops
in Afghanistan by their USAF allies has finally begun to subside. This
is no doubt due to the inevitable finding that the pilot, and only the
pilot, was "to blame". Well, one has to blame somebody, and why not
the only party who is unable to defend himself in the matter? Just as
Lt Calley was found to be "solely responsible" for the massacre he
committed in My Lai village while his superior officers were
completely exonerated, Major Schmidt is going to pay the piper for the
tunes played by his masters in the Pentagon and the White House.
Oink, Oink, Oink
by Jeff Elkins
The federal sow's homeland security tit is swelling to the bursting
point, and that means it's party time! There's no lack of hungry
little piglets queuing up for a meal.
by Jeff Colonnesi
I'm afraid. Perhaps that needs a little more clarification. An explanation if you
will, so that you might understand the thought process that brings me
to that statement. So let me see if I can put it into words.
A Free Market Solution to Abortion
by Mark Etanerkist
I usually don't get into the abortion debate for the same reason I
usually don't get into the religion debate; everyone seems to have a
set position and it won't be changing any time soon. But this is not
an essay on the morality of abortion or when a fetus is a human, it's
an essay on how abortions can be reduced significantly in a free
market. I am prompted to write this because too many people who claim
to be libertarians want to use the force of government to stop
abortions. I say these people claim to be libertarians because I
always thought that the basic idea of libertarianism is the desire to
use persuasion instead of initiating force. And since government is
funded with stolen money, any solution involving government action
initiates force. This is why there needs to be a persuasive way to
stop abortions, and that way is the buying and selling of babies.
by Mark Lamoree
Over the past several weeks, signs have begun to appear in a number of
suburban yards. They do not claim affiliation with any political
party, but urge passers by to "Vote for candidates who will support
our public schools." There is no statement of why this is a good idea.
The assertion that we must not only preserve the public school system,
but also actively support it has, like mush-mouthed assertions about
the need to protect our children, become a bromide. The desirability
of a government run public school system is taken to be so patently
obvious that it needs no defense.
Petty Little Tyrants: Or,
How to Counter the Threat of Spontaneous Human Combustion
by Rick Gee
Even some people who are critical of the centralization of power in
DC's federal leviathan labor under the delusion that local government
is somehow less repressive and more responsive to the needs of its
Rights, Libertarianism and The Confederacy
by W. James Antle III
The Civil War ended in 1865, but it continues to arouse passions even
today. Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo of Loyola College has stoked such
passions anew by provoking a heated debate among conservatives and
libertarians over that war and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln with his
book, The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and
An Unnecessary War.
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