Letters to the Editor
from Paul Bonneau, L. Neil Smith, Anton Sherwood, Curt Howland,
Mark Van Schuyver, Dave Earnest, A.X. Perez, Chris Claypoole, and Scott Graves
Legacy of Ashes: A Review
by Jim Davidson
Tim Weiner wrote a book in 2007 about the Central Intelligence
Agency. He took for his title a comment by Dwight D. Eisenhower. On leaving the
White House in 1961, Eisenhower said that he feared, because of the foreign policy
mess created largely by an out of control CIA and military industrial complex, he
was leaving to his successor a "legacy of ashes."
What Would Freedom Look Like?
by Paul Bonneau
When looking at what direction to go, it's often a good idea
to imagine what it would look like if one actually got there. I'm talking about
freedom, of course. For one thing, such a plausible scenario might be used to
dispense fears of people for whom it is not obvious that the end result is one
they can live with.
Roswell, Texas (by L. Neil, Rex F. May, Scott Bieser, and Jen Zach)
Reviewed by John Walker
I have previously mentioned this story and even posted a
puzzle based upon it. This was based upon the online edition, which remains
available for free. For me, reading anything, including a comic book (sorry
"graphic novel"), online a few pages a week doesn't count as reading worthy of
inclusion in this list, so I deferred listing it until I had time to enjoy the
trade paperback edition, which has been sitting on my shelf for several months
after its June 2008 release.
One of Those Modest Proposals
by Bill K.
When I was a kid if some one said something we disagreed with we would
challenge them by saying, "wanna bet?"
This Hurricane Season part 2
by Sean Gangol
Over a year ago I wrote an article entitled
"This Hurricane Season" which criticized the local, state and
federal governments for the way they handled Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. During Hurricane Ike I got to experience the
incompetence of government officials first hand. I also
experienced the ineptness of our local power company and the
stupidity of our local media. When I received word that the
hurricane was going to hit Houston, I dreaded the day it would
happen. It wasn't the hurricane itself that worried me. It was
the aftermath that I dreaded.
by A.X. Perez
Barack Obama is neither the New Messiah nor the AntiChrist.
I'm sure most libertarians understand this but be aware that liberals and
conservatives have imposed these Apocalyptic expectations on him. This tempts
him and his successors to overplay their hand and behave tyrannically, convincing
themselves that their misuse of power is for "the greater good." On the other
hand conservatives will be tempted to go too far in overturning his actions
when they inevitably return to power. They will forget that counter-tyranny
is still tyranny (those who even consider the political debate in terms of
tyranny versus liberty).
Taxes, Statism, Authority and Anal rape. Or Three Weddings and a Funeral?
by David Earnest
Fellow Prisoners! To me Taxes is the rewarding kick in the
balls you get from government for earning a living. How dare I be independent of
governmental benevolence! What odoriferous selfishness!
Atlantea The Beautiful: An Explanation (or a Poor Excuse)
by L. Neil Smith
and Rex F. May
We (not in the royal, nor even in the editorial sense,
but simply because I'm writing this with my partner Rex F. May) have become
awarepainfully sothat more than a few of our loyal readers have
been wondering, "What's this Atlantea the Beautiful thingie?" and
"What the borscht is it supposed to be about?" and even, "Why do they bother?"
Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 8 of a weekly cartoon series.