IN THIS ISSUE: Two by El Neil ... doubly blessed this week; Bussjaeger
on "intellectual property"; an we're inaugurating a new column this
week -- it's sort of a "LibBits Plus", so I call it "LibBytes".
Letters To The Editor
from Drew Williams, Curt Howland, Jeff Colonnesi, E.J. Totty,
Steve Trinward, Matthew Hogan, E.J. Totty again, Alan Hutch, Joseph S. Bommarito,
FIJA, Robert Gibson, and James J Odle:
... But Who Wants to Live in an Institution?
by L. Neil Smith
People tend to characterize certain periods of time with colorful
expressions. The "Gay Nineties" comes to mind (and they were, for
Oscar Wilde, anyway) as does the "Roaring Twenties". We've had a
Progressive Era, a Gilded Age, and Ages, in turn, of Innocence,
Enlightenment and Illegitimacy.
Practical Property: Intellectual Property in the Real World
by Carl Bussjaeger
Every now and then I give a little thought to something besides the
current US slide into the total police state. I contemplate things
like how society might work once the authoritarian thugs are off our
backs. Like, say ... How we'd handle copyrights and patents;
by John Taylor
The New, Improved, Expanded Feature ....
A Note of Thanks
by L. Neil Smith
Bubonicon is a small but very well put together science fiction
convention held every year in August, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My
wife Cathy, my daughter Rylla, and I returned a few days ago from
their 34th conclave. This is the first chance I've had to write about it.
Review: CRASHMAKER: A Federal Affaire
by James J Odle
I hereby nominate this book for a Prometheus Award!
If F. Paul Wilson's Deep as the Marrow - which devotes a total of two
pages to explaining the main character's opposition to the War on
Drugs can be nominated for a Prometheus Award - then Crashmaker which
serves up page after page of legal, Constitutional and economic
arguments for the gold standard and truly limited government should be
given serious consideration as well.
We're Ready for World Government, God Help Us
by John Bottoms
The Financial Times reported
the results of their polling of Europeans and Americans on whether the
US should invade Iraq. The results show the usual trends that most
Americans favor the attack, while Europeans are of more mixed opinion.
But the polls reveal a shocking acceptance of big government in
general, and a one-world government in particular. A sizeable majority
said the US should seek allied support and approval from the United
Nations before any attack. Among the Europeans, a 10 percent approval
for a unilateral US invasion grew to 60 percent with UN support. In
fact, there are stories all over the place with comments about people
being against the attack without UN approval.
Is There Too Great a Price to Pay for Freedom?
by S. Douglas Heard
The question each of us must ask ourselves before we get too far into
the freedom vs. the state argument is: Is there any price that is too
great to pay for freedom?
Calm Down Hootie!
by Wendy McElroy
Furor rages about whether the Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC), a
private club that hosts the Masters Golf Tournament, should admit
women as members. But the continuing flood of commentary misses a key
aspect of the debate: the woman's group pushing for admission is not
using governmental might but the strategy of "nonviolent action"
-- and they are using it superlatively.
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