Letters to the Editor
from Jim Davidson, L. Neil Smith, Kent Van Cleave, Albert Perez, and Jacob Lovell
by L. Neil Smith
Well, they're at it again, dammit. Not fifteen picoseconds after
the Stupid Party got handed its head last NovemberI'm not saying
they didn't richly deserve it, many times overthe smelly hounds of
victim disarmament in the Evil Party began howling in anticipation of
fresh legislative blood and, much more importantly, vastly increased
Self-Interested Defenders of 'the Peculiar Institution'
by Vin Suprynowicz
From my last name, a lot of folks wouldn't think half my ancestors were
EnglishClarks and Bishops and Higginbothams, some active in the emancipation
movement as much as three centuries ago.
Sunset's Coming, or, The Sunset Pledge
by Don "Free Traveler" Childers
We, the People of the Baby Boom Generation, hereby
place our Federal employees on notice that the generation that shouted
a resounding NO! to you over the Vietnam war, demanded true equality for
all, and refused you permission to dictate what we could smoke or who we
could sleep with, is looking over your shoulder againand we don't like
what we see.
Economics and Talk Radio
by Chris Claypoole
It is an axiom in economics that knowledge is
disseminated among many, and that no one person, or small group of
people, can have sufficient knowledge in real time that is superior
to the unfettered free market. This is why collective farms, industries,
and the like fail; it is why socialism (the control of the means of
production by the state) cannot function effectively or efficiently.
The many decisions made by millions (or even thousands) of individuals
every day will guide the allocation of resources far more effectively
and efficiently than any conceivable set of bureaucrats, even if they
are benign (a risky supposition) and backed with the latest computers
and information-gathering technology.
Proclamation on Lawful Victory of Welfare Over Ehe Evil
by Matúš Pošvanc
To the hands of all politically active saviors,
revolutionists, representatives, policymakers and all other servant
authorities. Dear all, do you know that too many people are not
happy on our planet? It does not mean that sometimes people are not
"happy" and don't drink at all.
The 2008 Presidential Blowout!
by Jonathan David Morris
Ah, the presidential election. It feels sort of weird
to be discussing the 2008 presidential election. After all, it's only March
2007. However, that's what's in the news, and the news is what I write about.
Illegal Immigration Quiz
by Joseph Knight
(Q 1) Who will remove you from your home, job,
family, and community to lock you in a cage like an animal for
no reason other than what you smoke in your pipe or grow in your
garden? A. Government or B. Illegal immigrants
by Kent McManigal
Recently, I heard a politician mention that "America
is a nation of laws". When I hear that phrase, I understand that the
speaker has no moral compass at all. Every nation, by definition, is
"a nation of laws". Germany was in the 1930s, the Soviet Union was
during all of its existence, and America is today. Big deal. The problem
arises when most, or even any, of those "laws" are counterfeit. This is
the state America finds itself in today: a state of "law pollution". It
is easy to shrug and say "enforce the laws we have instead of passing more".
That is the normal "conservative" cop-out. The real patriot will say to
stop enforcing the "laws" that are aimed at regulating something other
than actual force or fraud; you know, the counterfeit ones. Then the
amoral state-worshipper will whine: "If you don't enforce one law, where
will it end? Which law will you stop enforcing tomorrow?" How about all
the ones which are counterfeit? Who, other than a control-freak, could
have a problem with that?
Elements of Destruction
by Lady Liberty
"The two most common elements in the universe are
hydrogen and stupidity." Button seen at a science fiction convention.
Last week, I endured a particularly frustrating telephone call. Because
it was business-related, I held my tongue and my temper. I politely
repeated myself numerous times. I answered the same questions over and
over again. Despite this, the end result involved a decision in which I
was directed to take a totally unrelated action that had nothing to do
with the subject matter at hand and which never would.
Forge of the Elders: Okay, Here's the Deal
by L. Neil Smith
As most of my regular readers know, I've been
involvedit seems like forever, nowin the effort of finding
myself a new literary agent who can actually do something for me,
and with whom I can get along.
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