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Number 426, July 15, 2007
"Get a rope."





As readers of The Libertarian Enterprise and my blog at may recall, a few weeks ago, I made them—and anybody else who cares—an offer in the form of a literary bribe.

The deal, I said then, is that Baen Books had only 1500 copies left of my big novel, Forge of the Elders and if they managed to get sold in a reasonable amount of time, I'd write a short story involving at least three of the novel's principal characters (probably Eichra Oren, the P'Nan moral debt assessor, his sidekick Oasam, a sapient dog, and their boss, the giant nautiloid, Mr. Thoggosh) and post it for free.

I received the following this week from Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books:

"The hardcover is out of stock now, but we've got over 1,100 of the [paperback] in stock. Your reader[s] can write to us and we'll sell it to [them] directly if [they] doesn't want to try with another vendor. Cover price plus $1.50 shipping and handling to Dept. BA, Baen Books, P.O. Box 1403, New York, NY 10471 will do it."

Which means that 400 copies of the book have sold in a relatively short time, and I'm probably going to have to write that new short story.

Now I'll make you another unprecedented offer. Anybody who can prove that he or she has purchased 50 copies of Forge of the Elders will be written into the short story as a character—good or bad, their choice. Whoever buys 100 copies first will get to be the murder victim—good or bad, their choice—and appear in the story in flashbacks.

This offer applies to anybody, including dealers.

Thank you all for your help,

L. Neil Smith


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Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez, Dick Wetherbee, Sean Gabb, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

by L. Neil Smith
Okay, class, it's time for a review. A "fnord", in case you've forgotten (or never knew) is a special symbol that, as Discordian teachings would have it, gets inserted in magazine or newspaper articles, or in radio or television programs, by our Secret Rulers (you know who they are), to alarm and terrify the population at an unconscious level, setting off a very carefully preconditioned urge to hurry to government authority for safety and comfort.

The War Inevitable
by Jim Davidson
"Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained—we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!" —Patrick Henry 23 March 1775

Confessions of an Illegal Immigrant
by Dick Wetherbee
I have enjoyed J. D. Morris's articles on immigration and have neither the desire nor the knowledge to contradict anything he has said. I would like to tell tale of an illegal worker. I lived, usually legally, on a tourist visa, in Mexico for more than 5 years. I occasionally overstayed my visa, making me an illegal immigrant.

by A.X. Perez
Now to the point of this article. When we talk about problems with statists trying to disarm people we usually talk about gun control. How about addressing knife control once in a while?

Most of the time, these are my cars!
by Marc V. Ridenour
When gas hit $3.00+ a gallon the first time around, I decided that I was going to use my bicycles as much as possible for my short-trip transportation needs. One of them is a Giant Rincon, circa 2004, and it has well over 2,000 miles on it by now—that's 2,000+ miles' worth of gasoline I haven't had to burn making short trips from my home to Safeway's, Coffee Mania, the Show Low Public Library, and just about anywhere else I need to go to that's not on the White Mountain Boulevard.

Note to Republicans: Impeach Bush
by Jonathan David Morris
It's great to see so many Republicans jumping off the George W. Bush bandwagon. Now that it's considered political suicide for the GOP to support its own president, maybe we'll finally have a party in Washington with the guts to impeach him.

Media Censorship of the Presidential Campaign
by Daniel G. Jennings
The most infuriating aspect of the current Presidential campaign is the sneaky way in which the media's talking heads tell the candidates what to talk about.

Is July 4 A Christian Holiday?
by Doug Newman
America, we hear time and time again, was founded on Christian principles. However, we almost never stop to examine what this means. Another July 4 has come and gone. Like most holidays, it is not a time for philosophical reflection. Rather, it is for fireworks, trips to the beach or to the mountains, cookouts, baseball games and sales at the mall. Oh sure, your pastor may say something thanking God for the liberty we Americans enjoy. But this is about as far as it goes.

The Morning Mail
by L. Neil Smith
Recently, I wrote an article, "The NRA Disgraces Itself—Again", for my great and good friend Aaron Zelman of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, about the shameful, cowardly, collaborationist political activities of the National Rifle Association, with regard to their corrupt and disgusting endorsement of a bill, HR 2640, the "NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007", introduced by the most mindlessly mouth-foaming opponent of self-defense in Congress, Carolyn McCarthy (G,NY). The "G" stands for "ghoul", an eater of the dead.

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