No, nothing about Imus. Some things are just too downright silly to
even bother with more than rolling the eyeballs.
A very large issue this week, and since I'm feeling duller than usual,
I'll just mention them ol' donations:
to enable us to keep the electric company and gas company and phone
company happy, and then I'll just say "Enjoy Issue 415!"
Letters to the Editor
from Michael [NoLastNameGiven], Frank Ney, Albert Perez, Dick Wetherbee,
Rex May, Second Amendment Foundation, Ann Morgan, Michael McNeil
Real World Politics and Radical Libertarianism
by Anthony Gregory
In considering the actual political reality we confront and the realistic potential
for libertarian reform, we often hear that radical principle will
just not do, for only through gradualism and electoral compromise
can we expect to see liberty advance. Becoming too devoted to the
non-aggression principle or the most radical applications of free-market
reasoning is seen as making the perfect the enemy of the good. Here
and there, we must give the state an inch, we are even told, or
else we will actually move further from our common goals.
What Else is there to Say?
by L. Neil Smith
An Amendment to the United States Constitution
Guns and College
by Darian Worden
I hope people aren't already too tired of the Virginia
Tech shooting to hear what I did at my college afterwards. Now that I've
had time to calm down, analyze things, and insert punctuation, I think my
experiences are worth writing about.
by Jonathan David Morris
I think I've seen roughly 800 arrangements and
spellings for the name of the kid who killed 32 people at Virginia
Tech last week. I don't really care which version is accurate. I'm
going with "Cho Seung-Hui."
by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.
This is the big one, the one you can't get back without
a lot of hard work and contrition if you unwisely decide to break it. With
us (Libertarians) a loss of trust is much more significant than it is with
say, Democratswho want to hug-a-thug, take away everyone's ability to
protect themselves, and have us pay for the privilege. The ability to "hug"
someone who has killed a defenseless person, sidesteps around trust to
insanity. A Libertarian gives trust; until you have betrayed it, and then
the deal is off baby, don't bother trying to regain that trust without work.
A Libertarian trusts his gun; he has cared for it and maintained it so that
he can trust it when he needs it mostwhen it's life or death. We have
people in this country that still trust the Federal Government to be benign
towards its citizens, this is preposterous. The Federal Government has it's
own agenda just like a corporation or company would, and believe me it only
benefits you the taxpayer out of the slightest coincidence, most of the
money seized by the government in the form of fines, taxes, levees, licensing,
and outright seizure simply stays within the juggernautcirculating like
blood in a body.
by Ron Beatty
In all the news I've seen since the incident at
Virginia Tech, the one thing I've noticed above all, from almost every
source, is the sheer amount of FEAR in the news. Now, to a certain
degree, this is somewhat understandable. However when it becomes an
all-consuming, pervasive shroud hanging over our society, this is
by Chris Claypoole
I read an opinion piece in the Washington Post
of Sunday, April 22, 2007 by an author named Jonathan Safran Foer, titled
"Some People Love Guns. Why Should the Rest of Us Be Targets?" As you can
imagine, this set me off a bit, so I wrote the following. I did not send
this to the Post, as they demand exclusivity in order to be considered
Liberty or Libertine?
by Lady Liberty
In a recent column, I mentioned that I considered the
Libertarian philosophy to be the closest to liberty, but that Libertarians
(and libertarians, for that matter) often exhibited the same kind of
all-or-nothing intoleranceeven for each otherthat plagues other
organizations. I lamented that it was my opinion that the inability to
work together even on an overall strategy such as a campaign platform
was the single largest obstacle to getting more Libertarians elected.
The Forty-Something Generation
by L. Neil Smith
Warning: gun talk up ahead. This May 12th I'll be 61
years old. To my readers who are a great deal younger, I know this seems
ancient, but believe me, it doesn't seem that way from the inside. When
you're looking out at the universe with eyes the age of mine (and it'll
happen to you so soon it'll make your head spin), it won't seem ancient
to you, either. Everything that you lovepretty girls, steak and
lobster, Jameson's, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"I love, too. The
difference is, I've learned to appreciate them more than you can.
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