IN THIS ISSUE: a little "West Neil Virus" for The Bird; that DC sniper
must be from Virginia, 'cause DC don't 'low no guns; "feels like I'm
livin' in the Twilight Zone"; and "I got your initiation of force,
Letters To The Editor
Letters from John Lopez, Derek Benner, MacGregor K. Phillips, Jay P
Hailey, David Engbers, Caleb Paul, and David Langley
by John Hoffman
After hearing about the recent shootings in our nation's capital this
morning, I did something I rarely do any more; I turned on the boob
tube and tuned in CNN's "Headline News" channel, looking for more
information. Yup, go ahead, call me a boob. You'd be right.
by Patrick K Martin
I saw a favorite old T.V. show of mine today. An original "Twilight
Zone" episode called "The Shelter". For those of you who have never
seen it, this story is about neighbors who, during a dinner party,
discover that a nuclear attack is occurring. The main character, a
doctor, moves his family to their fallout shelter, the rest scatter to
their homes in panic, only to return and demand a place for themselves
and their families, because they have no shelters of their own. The
Doctor explains that there is only room for three people, and that
they should have listened when he urged them to build their own
shelters. The neighbors beg, they plead, they offer to draw lots to
see which family should use the shelter, then they threaten and
eventually batter down the door. In the end the war never happens, the
attack was a false alarm, and the lesson was "To remain a
civilization, we must remain civilized."
Freedom and the Non-Initiation of Force
by Mark Etanerkist
Lately I've been seeing a disturbing trend. The trend is for
libertarians to bash the non-initiation of force principle, also known
as the non-aggression principle. This is seen in TLE #192 with John
"Birdman" Bryant's essay and recently at anti-state.com with George Justin Mallone's essay. \
The problem these two have is that
not initiating force is impractical. Bryant claims that it gets in the
way of stopping someone who you know will attack you. While Mallone
claims that liberty will be difficult to advance if libertarians can't
initiate force. Here I will show that the non-initiation of force
principle not only allows individuals to prevent an attack from
occurring but is also necessary to advancing the cause of liberty.
Lay Low the Rich
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Earlier this year, a series of news reports revealed that the
government's tax enforcers were applying disproportionate pressure on
the working class and the working poor. It turns out, extensive audits
showed, that quite a few backyard auto mechanics, diner waitresses,
and clock punchers of all sorts weren't reporting all their income.
The Myth of GOP Conservatism:
The Ugly Truth About the Republican Party
by Kevin Tuma
As a paleoconservative, I find myself these days looking back at the
Clinton Administration with a sort of warm, golden nostalgia. Much has
changed since those days...and not for the better.
Fall in the Air?
by Lowell Potter
Not that anyone has raised any great fuss clamoring for me to grace
the web any further with my often inchoate ramblings on political and
world affairs, I feel once more compelled to throw my two cents worth
into the bottomless well of internet opinion pieces. And so, here I go
Dis-Mything 9-11 Supplement A: Iraq -- S.O.P.?
by L. Reichard White
My wife and I were visiting Poland when the Berlin wall came tumbling
down. We watched footage via satellite on the TV of a disgustingly
rich -- by Polish standards of the day -- business friend.
My wife and I joked about the U.S. not having the Soviet Union to kick
around any more. Who will they find as a replacement? Someone came up with Iraq.
Lady Liberty Dropped Her Torch
by Jim Duensing
Unfortunately, an idea has taken hold amongst the populace that
America is great because America is great and that America is and
always will be free. Therefore, whatever conditions currently exist in
America define freedom and we should be grateful for them.
by the Editor
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