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L. Neil Smith's
Number 432, August 26, 2007

"Those human beings who wish to survive and who wish
to see their species survive, need to avoid or abolish
anything that limits individual differences."

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Letter from Scott Bieser

Letter from A.X. Perez

Letter from Victor Milán

Letter from Eric Pavao

Another Letter from A.X. Perez

Letter from Paul Bonneau

Re: Last Issue's Illustration

The "Bill of Rights" scroll is mine, but the "Void Where Prohibited By Law" stamp was added on by someone else.

Scott Bieser

I Recognize the graphic at the top of the 8-19 TLE as being a poster in Proprietarian party HQ in the novel The Probability Broach.

I realize that letter I sent in the same issue setting criteria for '08 candidates seems a little pompous, but. . . .

The current bunch of knuckleheads running for President have been at it since December '06 and depending on your state's laws people have to start registering to run or vote in primary elections in the next couple of months. It would be nice if by January we could present to candidates for the House of Representatives part of what we want. In some districts in Texas the primary election is still the only real election as one party or the other completely dominates the district, and I'm sure, hell, I hear and read enough bitching, that the same is true in other states. L. Neil Smith has stood up repeatedly for Libertarians not compromising, if we wait to long to present our ideas we'll be lucky to have them turn up in some twisted form as part of other people's compromises. Perhaps it's time we sent Libertarian candidates out with a spelled out non Compromising campaign platform, and told Demican and Republicat candidates in districts where there is no Libertarian candidate what they have to guarantee to get our vote.

Yes I know I've said many of the issues being trumpeted by the "major candidates" will likely be moot by the 2008 election. On the other side of the coin, it would be nice to present "our" candidates with a well thought out platform, and about now is time to start talking among ourselves so that round about 31 August 2008 TLE can print out a "minimum price tag" for our vote instead of trying to have a compromise platform shoved down our throats because we waited too long.

I've already tossed in my ideas, I'm sure y'all got a few you'd like to add. Don't be afraid of stating the obvious, it's the unstated obvious that never gets dealt with.

A.X. Perez

Re: "What's This Movement About?", by Paul Bonneau


You make good and necessary points, to be sure. Too many of us, candidly, act like assholes when faced with disagreement, as opposed to responding intelligently and politely to well-meant questions such as, "Shouldn't the State be responsible for providing medical care?" I've heard horror stories from non-libertarians - many of whom were highly sympathetic to the beliefs but totally turned off the movement by their encounters with savage libertarians in the wild. I've also witnessed some fairly unconscionable behavior myself, which added no one to freedom's side of the ledger.

I've been guilty of it myself, from time to time.

You're also quite right that Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People is a great and wonderful book, most useful in everyday life as well as political discourse. I try mindfully to follow its precepts in all my dealings with people.

The second sentence of your article reads, "Is this, in the end, nothing more than an intellectual circle-jerk?"

Got a mirror?

All best,

Victor Milán
Sense of Adventure blog:

Re: "The Bottom of the Slippery Slope: A Review of JPFO's The Gang", by L. Neil Smith

After reading Neil's Review of "The Gang" I decided to purchase a copy for myself, but what I did first was went to the Netflix suggestion page and suggest that they carry it. I recommend that all TLE readers who are also Neflix members click on this link and do the same:

Suggest that they carry the new documentary "The Gang" and give them the URL for the movie's website:

After all not only will Netflix buy a bunch of copies if they carry it, but many people who might never have heard of it otherwise will be able to see it. Once they do carry it give it a 5-star rating.

Eric Pavao

Many recent Arabic immigrant friends of mine have no problems with the American invasion of Iraq and overthrow of Sadam Hussein and his subsequent execution. I would say this number approaches zero. A lot of the trouble the US has gotten itself into has been about whether it was our business to do so and how we've followed up rebuilding Iraq afterwards.

Those debates are not the subject of these maunderings. Almost all of these Arab friends, and a wide variety of Anglo, Latino, African (Both African African and African American) acquaintances and talking heads on TV have asserted that they did not think it was appropriate that we were so careful to give Sadam and other members in the Card Pack fair trials, that these guys did not have the right to a fair trial. I have often heard the same said about various Stateside criminals.

This is my answer, I do not know if these monsters deserve a fair trial, I do know that I deserve to live in a society that will give even a monster like Sadam Hussein a fair trial.

And so do all my family, friends, and acquaintances. I'd include enemies but I don't have any.

A.X. Perez

Re: "Hate the Cheese, Love the Lawsuit", by Jonathan Morris

Despite my total agreement about ersatz "cheese" on burgers, Jonathan Morris' initial take on McDonalds lawsuits was correct, not his latest revision. He should continue to be not a fan of these get-rich-quick lawsuits.

The correct answer is that yes, if Jackson has such a strong allergic reaction to cheese, and if he insists on eating in places that cannot guarantee he does not run into it (virtually all eating establishments), it is Jackson's responsibility to check his burger.

Morris should try running a restaurant some day, especially one operated on low profit margins like a fast food restaurant. See what it's like to rejoice that your employees even bother to show up, never mind getting the orders right; this is the reality today. It might add some needed perspective.

Paul Bonneau

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