Letters to the Editor
from Chris Claypoole, Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger, Jim Davidson,
Boston T. Party (not his real name), A.X. Perez, Andy Carloff, Rex May,
Bo Fredricsson, and Crazy Al
What I Believe
by Jim Davidson
There are many ways to get to know someone, personally,
physically, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, mediated by text, voice,
video, or in person. All of these ways of learning about and understanding the
beauty which is someone else's mind, person, spirit, soul, are great. But of
all these, I think the most interesting, the most significant, and the one
with the deepest insights is to examine what someone believes.
Give Up Already!
by Rob Sandwell
I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine about the
2008 presidential campaign of Ron Paul. As an anarchist, I am on principle
opposed to the idea of achieving freedom through the enslavement of others.
However, for the purpose of the argument, I am willing to grant the premise
that Ron Paul is the most moral, most wise, and most freedom loving politician
in human history. I am even willing to accept the position of some of his
followers, some of whom I feel edge dangerously close to worshipers, that
Ron Paul is the philosopher-king that this country needs to be truly free
of the oppression and tyranny under which we have toiled for all of our lives.
Stereotypes by the Numbers
by Don Meinshausen
One libertarian is a blog
Two libertarians are a transaction not reported to the IRS
Three libertarians are a think tank
Four libertarians are a free market
One green is a tree sitter
Two greens are a gay couple trying to get married
Three greens are a food co-op
Four greens are a salad
The Shape of Things to Come with Health Care "Reform"
by Chris Claypoole
The public debate on the health care "reform" bill being
considered in Congress seems to focus largely on the bogus concept of the
"common good." (I will dispense with the quotation marks after this, but we
know the bill's intent is to radically change the health care system, not
reform it. And, since it is impossible to get 100% agreement on any policy,
having some members of government agree upon and enforce a policy on the
basis that it serves the common good will disadvantage large numbers of
people, whether by the policy effects or by being forced to pay for the
A Call to Support Our Weekend Warriors
by Don Meinshausen
CPAC the nation's largest conservative political action
conference is over and we as several libertarian interest groups were there
and we were noticed. Not just in the conservative media but national media
as well. Until the media gets smart enough to give us more notice we sometimes
have to hitchhike on other events. And there are more reasons to go to other
Can the Republicans be Saved?
by Sean Gangol
Ever since the Republicans have lost the presidency and both
halls of congress, some members believe that the party needs to revise some of
its strategies. Some of these revisions include the party's stance on issues,
such as abortion and gay rights. They believe that their party's original stance
on these issues have alienated some of the moderate members of the party. By
easing up on these issues they believe that it is the best way to keep the
moderates from leaving the party. If these changes are implemented then it
would certainly be a good start for the Republican Party. Still, the party
has a long way to go in restoring the confidence of the people.
Cronies and Chris Dodd
by Jim Davidson
I've been trying to get a handle on the extent to which the
taxpayers went to bat for Goldman Sachs. It is some tough slogging through a
lot of garbage.
Bread And Circuses: America's Insatiable Desire for Socialism
by Russell D. Longcore
The term "Bread and Circuses" is credited to Juvenal, a
Roman writer and satirist (AD 55-127). He was describing the Roman citizens'
enthusiasm for free food handouts and gladiatorial games at the Circus Maximus
and later at the Colosseum. He felt that Romans had lost the capacity to govern
themselves through their mindless self-gratification.
Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 34 of a weekly cartoon series.
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
Planning for Your future, serf!