Who Owns The Future?
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Number 541, October 18, 2009
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Who Owns The Future?
by L. Neil Smith
Thanks to the botched-up mess of positively Obamaic proportions that forced digitization has made of broadcast television, the Smiths have been turning more and more for entertainment to our computers and the Internet. We found HULU and enjoy it very much. We've discovered new programs like Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Sanctuary, and have even begun watching certain broadcast favorites like Fringe the same way. There's also a fair amount of history and science to be found there.

The Economics of Star Trek
What is Good for Business?

by Dmitry Chernikov
In one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Captain Sisko describes Earth as "paradise." It is a paradise in which there is no such thing as money, and people don't get paid for doing things. In the same episode we see Sisko's father's restaurant, but the workings of his business remain mysterious. The problem is that without the price system and money serving as a unit of account it is impossible to rationally allocate resources and capital goods in particular to their most valued uses. The difficulty lies in the fact that the price system is an emergent property of the market, arising as a result of entrepreneurial competition for capital, though, of course, there is nothing magical to it: we can clearly identify the source from which that property emerges, viz., the recognition by the individual members of society of the benefits of social cooperation and division of labor, and can even trace its evolution from a tiny two or three-person market to one in which social cooperation has become worldwide. As Joseph Salerno writes:

A SF story I wish someone would write
by C. Florence
Here is a science fiction short story that I wish somebody would write: Anne meets Ayn—Libertarian Vampires Eat Politicians and Colonize Mars. Except it needs a deliberately opaque and unhelpful title, and cover art that doesn't give the plot away.

The Brontosaurus in the Broom Closet
by L. Neil Smith
Dear Newt—It says here somewhere (I can't find it, now that I need it) that you believe the Republicans can take the House back in 2010, and that you're thinking of resurrecting the famous GOP "Contract with America" which you assert was pivotal in the Congressional "revolution" of 1994.

"Personal Declaration of Independence" or the Covenant of Unanimous Consent?
by Dennis Lee Wilson
In last week's Libertarian Enterprise, C. Jeffery Small, at the end of his article titled "Mandatory National Service", urged readers to embrace a "Personal Declaration of Independence" which, judging by its title, is well intended[1], but actually contains a mixture of Galt's Oath and a mistaken understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

What Would A Truly Free Nation Look Like?
by Russell D. Longcore
One day soon, the United States Federal government is likely to collapse. The cause will probably be that the rest of the nations of the world will reject the dollar as the world's reserve currency, and adopt another currency, or a basket of currencies, as their new reserve. This currency move is not just a rumor, but is already happening on a small scale. Once the nations of the world have cast aside the dollar, its value will freefall against all other world currencies.

The Goddess of Vengeance and Murder
by Bob Wallace
I pay more attention to myths than anything else. I don't pay attention to 99% of the Ph.D.s from Harvard and Yale and Princeton, all of which will someday disappear, the sooner the better. Those are the kinds of the "Best and Brightest" who got us into Vietnam and now Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the most perceptive of old myths is the Greek one of Hubris followed by Nemesis. The full sequence is Koros to Hubris to Ate to Nemesis.

Next Nobel Laureate: Jack Kevorkian?
by David F. Nolan
By awarding its once-coveted Peace Prize to Barack Obama, the Nobel Prize committee has revealed its own intellectual bankruptcy. Supposedly, this award is intended to recognize people who have contributed significantly to world peace, either for one spectacular achievement or a lifetime of continuing contributions to that cause. Obama does not qualify by either measure; he is a Chicago pol who got lucky, and today occupies the White House mostly because of revulsion at his immediate predecessor.

Christmas in Cuneiform
by L. Neil Smith
This afternoon I got a message from an individual who frequently sends me interesting, thought-provoking material. In this one, he was making a complaint one often hears from conservatives whenever their notion that this is a "Christian country" is challenged, usually by liberals.

Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 46 of a weekly cartoon series.

Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
UN Agenda 21
Planning for Your future, serf!

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The Venus Belt

by L. Neil Smith
Phoenix Pick Edition
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The Crystal Empire
by L. Neil Smith
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Tom Paine Maru

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The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
The Last
of Klepton

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Roswell, Texas

by L. Neil Smith and Rex F. May
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Colored by Jen Zach
Published by Bighead Press, 2008

The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel

by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Bighead Press, 2004


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