The Libertarian Enterprise first saw the light of day on
October 5, 1995. TLE was monthly for the first 10 issues.
It became semi-monthly with the 11th issue in September of 1996.
Beginning in 1998, TLE was published in January, again in
February, and then nothing until Issue 37 came out on June 12.
Additional issues followed at a weekly rate for the rest of June
and July, then nothing until Issue 43 on Christmas Day. John Taylor
became editor with Issue 45, and with some effort got TLE
back to a semi-monthly publication schedule. This continued until
issue 75 (June 5, 2000), at which time TLE began appearing
weekly (with occasional vacations) until this very day.
TlE has had five editors:
Yiing Boardman, Issues No. 1 to 31 (October 2005 to July 1997)
Cathy L.Z. Smith & L. Neil Smith, Issues No. 32 to 43 (August 1997
to December 25, 1998)
John Taylor, Issues No. 44 to 224 (April 21, 1999 to May 18, 2003)
Dan Weiner, Issues No. 225 to 229 (May 25, 2003 to June 29, 2003)
Ken Holder, Issues No. 230 to date (July 6, 2003 to date)
Dan was "officially" listed as Editor until issue No. 245, which
was the Dan Weiner Memorial issue, following his death from cancer.
I actually put the magazine together from No. 230 until I became
the "official" editor with Issue 246.
Since TLE began as a monthly, and is now a weekly, the entire
Month of October is going to be spent celebrating our Tenth birthday.
Next Issue, I'd like to hear from our readers. Send in your
reminisces of TLE, when you first heard of us, how much you
enjoy reading us (right?), and so on. I've been down with a bug for
a few days, so I haven't worked out what we'll be doing on all of the
five issues to be published in October of 2005 yet, but I'm sure I
will think of something!
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Letters to the Editor
from E.J. Totty, Sandy Sandfort, and Caleb Paul
Libertarians: The Connies Speak Out (Part Two)
by L. Neil Smith
According to a television show I saw this week, Winston Churchill
once said, "The further backward you can look, the further forward you
can see." I know history pretty well, and what I see conservativeslet's
call 'em conniesshoveling today is the same old bullshit used by
Republicans in the 1950s, Democrats in the 1940s (not to mention World
War I), Republicans in the 1860s, and politicians in general, probably
as far back as the Sumerians six thousand years ago, as an excuse to
relieve their subjects of their lives, their liberty, and their
Who'll Be There To Save You?
by Charles Stone, Jr.
The latest ploy by the virulent anti-gun forces is to
use the current fear of terrorism to push their agenda. They say that the
terrorists are buying scads of firearms, especially assault rifles, through
the gaping "loopholes" at the hated GUN SHOWS! As usual, they are lying
through their teeth. Terrorists, like other kinds of criminals buy their
weapons from scumbags just like themselves.
In Defense of Freedom
by Lady Liberty
Guns are good and terrible things. Whether they are good or terrible
depends on whether the hands that wield them are good or evil. Guns
can, of course, be a lot of fun if they're used for target shooting or
hunting. They can also beand often arelifesavers in the event of
a threat. Since self-defense may be the single most basic of all the
human rights, that's a whole lot of good going on! The obvious good of
protecting yourself and your loved ones from harm is so integral to all
of us and to society as a whole that even the drastic action of killing
another human being can be excused under the law as "justifiable"
homicide, or, more simply and accurately, "self-defense."
Voting is Madness
by Jim Davidson
My view of very rich heirs is, they are often lazy. They
don't want to work for a living, because they never had to. They
very often don't even want to work at conserving wealth. So, they cook up
schemes to redistribute wealth from those who are able to produce wealth
into their hands. Sometimes they make noises about how doing so is all
about helping the poor, but you shouldn't be taken in. Naturally, others
see these programs as a way to get lots of money, or control a large budget,
without having to work very hard or be especially creative. So, people from
other walks of life join in to become tax fiends, regulators, bureau-rats,
and similar filth.
An Open Letter to Robert K. Dornan
by L. Neil Smith
A while ago, I wrote a column suggesting to Libertarians that we
adopt a strategy which, while not altering our record at the polls
appreciably, would force the kind of change that was our reason for
running candidates to begin with.
I said we should focus our party's meager resources on races
where a Republican had won the last election by 5% of the vote or
less, and abandon every other effort, including our costly and absurd
Presidential candicacy. Winning has always been beyond our grasp, but
we're often able to take 5% of the vote, meaning we can control such
races, ensuring defeat of the Republican incumbent.
The Culture War's Battle of Lexington
by Wendy McElroy
On Sept. 21, David Parker was scheduled to go on trial
in Lexington, Mass., for an incident that resulted from him disputing the
'right' of a local public school to introduce his then-5-year-old son to
the issue of homosexuality.
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