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Letters to the Editor
from EJ Totty, John Taylor, Warren Tilson, John Wiltbank, J. Barber,
Jim Davidson, and Boris Karpa
The Non-Aggression Principle
by Jonathan David Morris
A short time agookay, okay, way back in JanuaryI
began a discussion on the definition of
libertarianism, which I've been meaning to continue
ever since. The January column focused on two things:
(1) the average libertarian's dislike for government;
and (2) the average libertarian's dislike for average
libertarians. While it's certainly true that most
libertarians see the government as the mafia's mildly
retarded big brother, this really only scratches the
surface of their intense dislike for it. (Yours truly
excluded. Like I said, I love the government. It's my
source of material.) You see, libertarians dislike the
government for reasons beyond inefficiency. For them,
the very idea of it is immoral.
America: Police State Incorporated
Unlike many of my other works, this piece is not about
theory or ideology. It does not discuss evidence, or reasoning, or logic,
as to the ideas that I believe about society. Rather, it is a confession,
of the things I have witnessed, as I was a homeless person. There is some
discussion of ideology and beliefs in the following pages. But, it must be
understood that the topic of this paper is what I had personally witnessed
while being homeless. The location of this was in southern Louisiana, in
and around New Orleans (other towns include Metairie and Gretna). The time
frame of this is December to March, including Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday").
And now, I tell my story...
People of Faith
by Ron Beatty
One of the things which irritates me immensely is the
phrase 'people of faith.' Generally, this is used in such a way as to include
only fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, implying that anyone other than
that is someone without faith, without spirituality, and by extension, without
morals. This is not only completely not true, it is a tremendous insult to the
many devout people who live their faith, each and every day.
Memorial Day 2005: Are We Even Worthy?
by Doug Newman
It's Memorial Day in America. Officially, we set aside
this day to remember those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have
died in the defense of our freedom. Culturally, like any other holiday, it
has devolved into one more reason for sleeping late on Monday, cookouts,
camping trips, ballgames and sales at the mall.
by Lady Liberty
America has long touted to the rest of the world its
democratic process. Some claim that, by voting, Americans retain control
of their own government and thus their own liberty. Some foreign countries
not yet democratic in nature look on in fear of this process because of the
changes it might bring; others look on it with hope for those very same
changes. But what many people don't seem to acknowledge is that voting today
isn't really the wonderful thing it's said to be, nor is it remotely as
effective at its job as it ought to be.
Fathers' Rights Victory In Massachusetts
by Wendy McElroy
A determined father in Massachusetts has delivered an
early Father's Day gift to non-custodial parents, the overwhelming majority
of whom are dads.
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