Letters To The Editor
Letters from Sam, Scott Graves, Manuel Miles, Joe Collins,
K Jack Chleva, Patrick Martin, and Todd Andrew Barnett:
The Zero Aggression Institute
by William Stone, III
After becoming a philosopher of the Zero Aggression Principle, I
searched for the "authoritative" word on the subject. Of particular
interest was the Internet, since almost everything has some kind of
representation there. Astonishingly, the ZAP is the one thing that
never seemed to have anything devoted exclusively to it. This is
particularly strange considering thatthere are a large number of
libertarians who are devotees of the philosophy. Some version of the
ZAP is entwined with the national Libertarian Party and an
overwhelming majority of the State Parties.
What The Hell Are Gun Owners Coming Too?
by Patrick K Martin
For those of you who are not regular readers of the magazine, last
week I wrote an article entitled
"Me and Century International Arms".
Wherein I discussed my plans to ruin the aforementioned company for selling me
a defective rifle and failing to correct the problem. I posted a
message similar to this on a number of forums and bulletin-boards as
well. While many of the responders supported me (mostly people who
had been burned by C.I.A. in the past), I was astounded by the number
of people who disagreed with me. I would like to share with you some of the responses;
Which Two Wars?
by Alan Hutch
Post-Cold War military doctrine, as stated in the 1993 "Bottom-Up
Review" and the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, requires that the
United States be prepared to fight two regional conflicts, almost
simultaneously, with little or no warning and little or no help from
our allies. Some commentators point out that we are uncomfortably
close to testing the worth of these plans. A brief examination
suggests that we have already progressed far beyond fighting two
Massive Outbreak Of Infectious Disease Hits D.C.!
by Manuel Miles
dateline Washington D.C. 25 March 2003: Lost in the concern
over SARS (the deadly new strain of viral pneumonia to emerge from
Hong Kong) is the news of the endemic crisis of CRS disease. This
illness, first reported on by returning Viet Nam War veterans, has
been on a 30 year rampage in the American capital.
by Lehr Duquesne
In 2000, running for Congress for the first time as a Hawaiian
resident, with neither a web-site nor an e-mail address of my own, I
was invited by Ko'olau News to participate in The Level Playing Field.
This was an invitation to all qualified candidates for public office to
submit written responses to their questions on a variety of topics that were
then posted on their site as a public service to their readership on Windward Oahu. The
most memorable and enjoyable of their assignments was to write an
essay illustrating what the participants imagined might result from
their run for office. Editor Shannon Wood stipulated that the
candidate should imagine that he or she was elected to office, and
that a fictional reporter or essayist in the year 2059 was describing
our impact. Letting my imagination run away with me for a while, this was my response.
Blacklist or bias?
by Fran Van Cleave
I write Libertarian SF, and have been paid for doing so, off and on
since 1997. My first sale was to Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
I've sold stories only to hard-sf magazines such as Analog, and
Artemis Magazine. Of the two novels I've written, one's in final
draft, the other's been ignored at a publisher's for close to two and
a half years.
Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Empire, And Start Loving The Shuttle
by Michael C. Tuggle
Think of the space shuttle as a fractal element of the Federal
government. Fractals, you'll recall, are those bizarre, intricate
structures composed of miniature copies of themselves, such as the
famous Mandelbrot Set, or deceptively mundane broccoli. Most fractals
are elegant, often beautiful, arrangements that emerge from patterns
created from their constituent elements. The post-constitutional
Federal government, on the other hand, is a grim kaleidoscope of
dubious projects with obscene price tags, of which the space shuttle
is but one component.
Playing The Patriot Card
by Todd Andrew Barnett
The American Empire's war with Iraq — officially christened as
Operation: Iraqi Freedom by the Pentagon — continues to dominate the
media, as many anti-war protestors in California, Washington, D.C.,
and New York City proceed with their agenda to speak out against our
intervention. While the Bush administration and many hawks at his
side ignore the anti-war cries and proceed with their goal to
"liberate the people of Iraq" by "ousting" Saddam Hussein and
"rebuilding" the nation, a great deal of attention has been placed
upon the American public who, in general, supports our invasion of Iraq.
Operation American Freedom
by Jim Duensing
April 1st, 2003
In a stunning break from precedent, the White House issued the
following letter to the American people today. My Fellow Americans,
Making Hay While The War Shines
by Wendy McElroy
Differences over the war in Iraq are arising in families throughout
our society. I know because they are arising within mine. With one
relative in Qatar and a nephew at draft age, disagreements -- even
debate about nailing down the financial cost of war -- can become
by The Editor
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