IN THIS ISSUE: Not that Himself needs defending, but ... And check out
Carl Bussjaeger's outrage. Not to mention John Lopez's -- wow!
Letters To The Editor
Curt Howland, James J Odle, Mark Lamoree,
Sam Grove, and Matthew Hogan
Come the Revolution? What Revolution?
by Patrick K Martin
It is said that the institution of slavery has one person who is
indispensable to its operation, the slave himself. Look around you,
none of us is truly responsible for our lives and actions, instead the
government removes our responsibilities from us and acts in the manner
it thinks best. How then do you assert your freedom? Mostly, you
don't. How many of you pay taxes? How many of you younger men have
registered for the draft? How many of you pay social security? Comply
with laws which you oppose? Send your kids to government schools?
Petition for school subsidies (i.e., vouchers)? Conform to zoning
ordinances, environmental laws and land-use regulations? Is there any
Federal, State, County, or Municipal, Law, Act, Ordinance, Regulation
or Tax with which you comply? Then to that extent you are a slave.
by John Taylor
OK, there's this guy, see, and he's got this web site, see, and all
over his site he has a whole bunch of stuff that he claims is
libertarian. (I'd give you the URL and the guy's name, but this is one
of those rare cases where the schmuck doesn't deserve the recognition,
even though avid TLE'ers would descend on him like a pack of ravenous,
slavering hounds, and that would make me very, very happy.
The Moral Outrage of Voting
by John Lopez
In my county in the 2000 election, 1,306 votes were cast for the
Libertarian candidate for president. Did these folks care about their
freedom? Did they think they were Doing The Right Thing? As one of
those people, I can say that probably they did. There is nothing that
I can say about this mistake except that I was ignorant, naive, and
foolish ("I didn't know it was loaded."). If I could, I would ask
those voters one question: How dare you?
Is Bush a Well-Meaning Dupe? Does it Really Make Any Difference?
by Kevin Tuma
It is now the eleventh hour before Police State America. Less than one
year after the World Trade Center attacks, the Federal government--
ordinarily plodding and slow, when it comes to mundane matters--is
speeding us down the fast track to military government on greased
rails. We have the Office of Homeland Security. Federalized airport
screeners. Laws that give the police unbelievable authority to snoop
and intrude, without search warrants. There is a movement toward a
National ID card, which will probably be insidiously pushed through in
the form of state Driver's Licenses. New tracking devices with
microchips that are meant to be inserted under human skin. Military
tribunals. Plans for forced vaccinations of entire cities. Secret
police. There is even talk of legalizing torture. Concentration camps
and gulags may be on next month's agenda. One shudders in anticipation
of what will be proposed next.
Jackbooted Thug of the Month, August 2002: Officer Gary Kingsbury
by Carl Bussjaeger
Officer Gary Kingsbury, while on vacation and sixty miles outside of
his normal jurisdiction, went above and beyond the call of Thuggish
duty to evict and arrest an official candidate for Governor of South
Dakota from a purportedly open debate with the candidates. As an added
bonus, Kingsbury is Samizdat's first JBT winner known to have
personally drawn blood from his victim in the course of earning his
Why Does George W. Bush Hate Saddam Hussein?
by Jim Duensing
The American people have been given no concrete evidence that Saddam
has done anything but torture and kill the Iraqi people, since his
attack against Kuwait. This in itself is bad, but there are worse in
the world. And, America has never waged an aggressive war, as it is
planning to do against Saddam. In fact, are not the terrorists
considered evil because they attacked without provocation? Was not
Japan vilified for attacking Pearl Harbor without provocation? Why
won't the same logic apply to the United States if and when it attacks
Stepping Over the Boundaries
by Gail Jarvis
Too many of our laws are being selectively enforced, a classic example
being violations of the tax-exempt status of charitable organizations.
The Internal Revenue Service allows a tax exemption for certain
"charitable and non-profit organizations" if they do not engage in
"political activities". Unfortunately, the IRS's description of
"political activities", specifically in section 501(c)(3), is a little
fuzzy but it does expressly prohibit "activities that encourage people
to vote for or against a particular candidate, even on the basis of
James Dobson: Flaming Liberal?
by Doug Newman
I am not morally superior to you, but it is fair to say that I don't
gamble. I have been in two casinos in my life, and was not thrilled. I
might drop five bucks on a football game once every other year.
However, I have never seen the allure of it all. It is a vice I have,
on balance, successfully avoided.
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