L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 189, September 9, 2002
9/11 "RELIEF" ISSUE!
Exclusive to TLE
A reader writes:
"I've been going through the back issues, and realize just how short a memory I have. A Google search did me no good, either. Either I missed it, or it was never covered in the 'free press' - where is Sam Zhadanov now?" [Stephan Jerde <email@example.com]
I couldn't help Stephan, but I did pass along his question to several folks who had written about him in the past. As far as I know, no one has yet responded. How about it, readers? Anybody know Zhadanov's status?
Back in March, the Feral Gummint loudly announced that they were getting out of the North Carolina mountains, and turning over the search for fugitive Eric Rudolph to local elements of the Southeast Bomb Task Force. Well, that may well be "government truth", but I have a hunch that the search continues at a pretty expensive rate, regardless of which office calls the shots.
A recent trip to the Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock Wilderness Area produced these observations:
1. If the Rudolph search has been scaled back, then someone is going to have to explain to me the very frequent, low-altitude low-speed "flyovers" by small aircraft all through the night over the wilderness areas. Granted, there are regular commercial flyovers as well, but the difference is easily discernable. Who on Earth would want to fly small fixed-wing aircraft over an area rife with hazards to navigation, over extremely variable terrain, in unpredictable weather, at low altitude, at low speed, in the middle of the night? Probably just sightseeing tourists. Speaking of which ...
2. If you are a short-haired, middle-aged, cellphone-using white male stranger to the small towns in the area, people look at you differently - differently even than they look at the other "touristas", of whom there are plenty (the rafting is excellent in the many gorges of the Nantahala). This is probably because ...
3. Folks in the mountains have no love for big government, especially the remote, ignorant, unremitting power it wields. Stop by the roadside, talk to anybody - even the civil servants. This dislike runs core deep. Somehow, I find this extremely encouraging, since ...
4. If Eric Rudolph is hiding in the Nantahala wilderness, the only way he's going to be "found" is if someone rats him out for the $1 million reward. (Note to FEEBS: if you still have high expectations in that regard, re-read 3. above.)
The Feds couldn't find their Ashcroft with both hands, unless someone guided them in.
There's a awful lot of talk about whether or not "libertarianism" is "moral". (See, for example, this article
I don't hear a lot of similar questions about "Democratism" or
"Republicanism" (more on those foreign terms later) or "socialism" or
"fascism" or "communism". Now maybe it's just because "everybody
knows" that none of those "philosophies" have a moral component.
I think it more likely that the thought of individual liberty (however diluted, perverted, and politicized it may be (http://www.lp.org/) scares the granny-panties off the statists, especially those who think of themselves as advocates of freedom.
On the other claw, we don't do ourselves any favors by unthinkingly or unconsciously representing ourselves as advocates of a "libertarian State", regardless of what we may call it. Enough said (and those who are thinking about it, I'm not talking at you).
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CHILDREN COOKED?
"I've got dreams. I know what I want to fight for. But I don't want to
mislead people in terms of promising them more than I can deliver."
AS I RECALL, THIS WAS THE NRA'S CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT?
"The Senate overwhelmingly backed a measure on [September 5th] that
would arm airline pilots on a voluntary basis in a dramatic security
step aimed at preventing a repeat of last year's Sept. 11 attacks.
Speaking in opposition to the bill, the Curmudgeon Taylor pointed out that the passage of such a measure was "a gross arrogation of power, and a direct violation of the US Constitution's Articles I (Section 8) and VI, and Amendments 2, 9, and 10". As usual, such opposition went unnoticed almost everywhere.
Is America becoming a police state? Friends of liberty need to know.
Some say the U.S. is already a police state. Others watch the news for signs that their country is about to cross an indefinable line. Since September 11, 2001, the question has become more urgent. When do roving wiretaps, random checkpoints, mysterious "detentions," and military tribunals cross over from being emergency measures to being the tools of a government permanently and irrevocably out of control?
The State vs. the People examines these crucial issues. But first, it answers this fundamental question: "What is a police state?"
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