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Number 645, November 20, 2011

"Someone used to say we have two political parties in
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Letter from Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger

Letter from R.A. Russell

Letter from A.X. Perez

Dear Editor,

Despite the "Near Space Press" fiasco involving two previous books, I decided to push on and make more of my science fiction books available. Bargaining Position (Net Assets' sequel) and The Anarchy Belt are now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle ebook (other formats available) editions.

Bargaining Position (sequel to the 2003 Prometheus nominee Net Assets):

The Anarchy Belt (collection of more than two dozen SF short stories):

If you liked Net Assets (or any of my short stories which you may read in Doing Freedom! and elsewhere), please pass these links to other SF readers whom you may think would appreciate them. I can definitely use the money from sales.

For those put off by preachy "libertarian" books... don't expect another wanna-be "opus" like Net Assets. Bargaining Position started out as, and I tried—mostly successfully, I think—to keep it so, three things:

First and foremost, I wanted it to be fun.

Second, I wanted to write hard SF, not Star Drek "science fantasy". Every bit of tech is based on something we already know, is a logical extension of what we know, or is based on speculation by real scientists. I wanted to people to see a potential future that could actually happen.

Third... I admit it; it is "libertarian" fiction. I'll confess that I even gave in to the urge to pontificate a couple of times. But for the most part, I wanted to the characters to simply live and breathe it. These people grew up post-Net Assets, and even their slang reflects it. But I wanted to have fun with it; hence, the "IRS Memorial Crater". Also, I'd like to thank L. Neil for the permission to play with a couple of his ideas.

The Anarchy Belt is the short story collection that Near Space Press's The Anarchists should have been. More stories, and properly edited. Again, if you read DF! (or other assorted publications) you'll recognize several tales. There are a few that hadn't been published before.

The stories in TAB will vary greatly in style and skill. I deliberately included some of my very earliest attempts (one story dates backs to grade school, while another started life as a high school religion class assignment; yes, you read that correctly: religion class). A more recent story was inspired by the infamous Internet gun/survival troll, Gun Kid; written shortly before he went back to prison (with a little luck, now that he's out, he'll give me fresh fodder for another story). And yes, it is science fiction.

So, if you like these, or think someone else will, please pass this on. A kind review or two (or three, or four...) would be most welcome as well.

You can find all my books here.

Thank you,

Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger
Author: Net Assets, Bargaining Position, The Anarchy Belt, The Anarchists

[ I bought "Net Assets" many long years ago, and liked it a lot. I'll be buying the new ones Real Soon Now—Editor ]

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I thought this might be worth repeating. This came to me from my aunt, usually a liberal (gasp)!

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Obituary—Very Interesting

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."

The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2012
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's—and they vote—then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom..

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This is truly scary! Of course we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic. Someone should point this out to Obama. Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to The Constitution. There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.

R.A. Russell

[ Some years ago I tried to trace this quote down. Did not have any success. I found this note:

(The man's name was "Tytler", not "Tyler", and there is NO EVIDENCE that he ever wrote those words. There is no evidence that he ever wrote a treatise on the Athenian Republic (although his works are well documented, and many are still in print)).

    Tytler, Alex. Fraser (Alexander Fraser), Lord Woodhouselee, 1747-1813

       see: Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813

There is also a Tytler, Alexander Fraser, d. 1816.

Alexander Fraser Tyler (later Lord Alexander Fraser Woodhouslee), in "The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic", published - 1776

Library of Congress Catalog Cards:

Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813.
Elements of general history, ancient and modern / by Alexander Fraser Tytler ; with a continuation, terminating at the demise of King George III., 1,820, by Edward Nares ; to which are added, a succinct history of the United States ; with additions and alterations by an American gentleman ; supplying important omissions, bringing down the narration of events to the beginning of the present year, and correcting many passages relating to the history of this country ; with an improved table of chronology ; a comparative view of ancient and modern geography ; and questions on each section ; adapted for the use of schools and academies, by an experienced teacher.
Concord, N.H. : H. Hill & Co., 1830.
527, 44 p. ; 20 cm.
CALL NUMBER: D21 .W85 1830

Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813.
Universal history, from the creation of the world to the beginning of the eighteenth century. By the late Hon. Alexander Fraser Tytler, lord Woodhouselee.
Boston, Fetridge and company, 1852.
2 v. 23 cm.
CALL NUMBER: D20 .W85 1852-

Quote is also attributed to: Alexander Tyler, (in his 1770 book, Cycle of Democracy)

Perhaps there is more up-to-date on this somewhere?

However, here's a nice quotation from a real Tyler, Tyler Durden:

"Remember this," Tyler said. "The people you're trying to step on, we're everyone you depend on. We're the people who do your laundry and cook your food and serve your dinner. We make your bed. We guard you while you're asleep. We drive the ambulances. We direct your call. We are cooks and taxi drivers and we know everything about you. We process your insurance claims and credit card charges. We control every part of your life.

"We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we'll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won't. And we're just learning this fact," Tyler said. "So don't fuck with us."
—Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (Norton & Co.: 1996)

—Editor ]

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Have seen a few news stories on situation in Mexico. Noticed that Sinaloa cartel that received lion share of weapons in Gunwalker is now intimidating voters to in Mexico to vote for PRI (Revolutionary Institutional Party), a particularly corrupt bunch that practice Chitown style politics.

Could this have been one of the programs goals? I joked awhile ago that the drug wars were a plot by the US to steal Mexico, arming a politically active criminal gang with Gunwalker makes this wise acre remark too damn real. If anyone wants to follow up with article in TLE or elsewhere knock yourself out.

A.X. Perez

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