Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez, Sean Clifton, Jim Davidson, L. Neil Smith,
James Thoreau, and Sean Gabb
by L. Neil Smith
AUTHOR'S NOTE: what follows is a brief excerpt from my
so-far unpublished novel, Ceres. The book tells the story of two
teenagers, a brother and a sister, the great grandchildren of Emerson Ngu,
whom you may remember as the viewpoint character in my novel Pallas
Both Sides Now
by Christian Claypoole
I read L. Neil Smith's "Thoughts About Monty and Other
Things" in the September 2, 2007 issue of TLE with considerable interest.
(BTW, for someone who says, "economics is not my long suit," El Neil
captures one of the most salient points about the functioning of an economy
quite succinctly.) I am one of those who came to libertarianism through
economics. While taking night courses toward an MBA, one of the economics
professors at University of Baltimore, Dr. Barry Brownstein, precipitated
my epiphany by asking questions that exposed the internal contradictions
of my (then) conservative beliefs. He then gave me a reading list, and the
rest was a slam-dunk.
Get Ready For The Blizzard, Because George Is Going To Try Another Snow Job
by James Glaser
Think back to the run up for George's War on Terrorism
in Iraq. Mushroom shaped clouds over American cities? Remember that? How
about those Weapons of Mass Destruction that were supposed to be stockpiled
all over Iraq? My favorite was George's speech in Poland where he explained
to the world that we finally found those weapons, but in fact, what we found
were mobile weather balloon trailers. Now you know George only gave that
speech in Poland.
A Tax I Could Learn to Love
by Dick Wetherbee
Congress is debating whether it should tax cigarettes
more in order to help children's health care. This child would love it.
Tax 'em to the moon.
A Blueprint for Ending Gun Control
by L. Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman
WARNING! If you're the kind of self-defense advocate who actually
believes in doing something, it's likely that you'll find this article
interesting and useful. If, however, you'd rather complain than act,
if you believe "we can live with" whatever unconstitutional measure
has just been or is about to be passed, or that perhaps we'd better
write the next legislation ourselves, before it's written for usin
short, if you feel more comfortable on your knees than on your feet,
the authors strenuously suggest that you skip this article, as they
don't wish to be responsible for raising your blood pressure and
possibly killing you.