Letters to the Editor
from Tim Crowley, A.X. Perez, Don Wilson, L. Neil Smith,
and Eric Pavao
The Fall of the Towers
by L. Neil Smith
Any historian will tell you that every culture is sustained by a
mythology, stories of fabled heroes of the past it tells its children
in order to pass along that culture's ideas of what is virtuous and
Starship Troopers Revisited
by A.X. Perez
Robert A. Heinlein is considered one of the patron
saints of Libertarian thought. His The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
created the phrase "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" (TANSTAAFL)
which is a bedrock of libertarian economic thought. However, he is also
the author of Starship Troopers, which has been condemned for being
militaristic and fascist. So how does this reconcile wjth Heinlein's
libertarian philosophy? The answer is to admit that yup, it is militaristic,
but no. it isn't fascistic.
The World Is My Phone Booth
Cell phones cause brain death. . . or is it the other way 'round?
The Kaptain's Log
by Manuel Miles, aka Kapt Kanada
Having endured the plague of the ineluctable "cell phone"
with laudable restraint for some years, I must now speak out against this
technological demon. Surely, if ever the devil wanted to harass the few of
us who are capable of forming complex thoughts, the cellular empowerment
of the chattering classes would be the best tool for the job. There is
also considerable evidence that the portable phone habit destroys what
few brain cells its addicts initially possessed.
The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton, Part 1
by Scott Bieser
To celebrate the return of TLE's domain name,
I offer the first installment of a new cartoon series (this should run
about six or eight installments all together).