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Stars and Bars
by John Hoffman
Last weekend, a high-school football team
forfeited a football game because they objected to the other team's
use of the rebel flag as a team symbol. Objecting to its racist
meaning, they decided not to play rather than allow the symbol to be
displayed. "That has got to stop. We don't do that in today's age.
We're beyond 1864."
Free Amina Lawal
by Todd Andrew Barnett
One of the crucial distinctions between conservatives and
ideologically pure libertarians lies in the fact that, unlike
conservatives, libertarians religious and secular do not call
for the state regulation and incarceration of law-abiding
individuals who engage in immoral and unethical conduct,
particularly when said conduct does not infringe upon the
peaceful affairs of other individuals. Libertarians may frown
upon such immoral and unethical conduct and sometimes will
attempt to persuade in lieu of force others to modify their
behavior and to see the errors of their ways. They may not concur
with it, but they will not employ the power of the state to mete
out punishment to those who have not violated the rights of others.
Confronting Prison Rape
by Wendy McElroy
A bright light is about to be shone on an almost unseen social
problem: prison rape. On September 4th, President Bush signed the
Prison Rape Elimination Act, which provides for an annual Department
of Justice review on the rate and effects of prison rape. Why should you care?.
Liberty, security, and safety
by E. J. Totty
Safety and security are just two terms that mean "convenience." But,
neither safety nor security can be had without Liberty. It is
convenient to say that safety or security can be had only at the
expense of liberty, and this is so because those who accrue to
themselves power which is not theirs, will demand that liberty is
less important than what its effects may produce.
What Is Evil?
by William Stone, III
I'm always surprised that I have so few critics or even people who
have disagreements. This is probably a testament to the fact that most of
my readership are Zero Aggression Principle devotees, and that they are by
definition extremely intelligent.
There are basically two kinds of critics: the kind who have a knee-jerk
emotional reaction and are so angry that they can't string together a
coherent sentence, and the kind who have a thoughtful disagreement. The
people who write to me are uniformly of the latter kind.
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