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Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith, Neale Osborn, Bryan Potratz, Paul Koning, MamaLiberty (a.k.a. Susan Callaway), "Prefer Liberty", and Adrian Chinton
by L. Neil Smith
It was very interesting, recently, to watch the "JFK's Teenage
Mistress" story unfold. The irretrievably corrupt and obsolete mass media pretended
to be scandalizedand believed we should be, toothat the sacred martyred John
Fitzgerald Kennedy used a 19-year-old intern to satisfy his sexual urges while his
wife lay in the hospital, recovering from a Caesarian section that had produced a
stillborn baby. This clearly puts Kennedy in the same category as Newt Gingrich.
The fact is, Kennedy was no less a power-drunken swine than any other politician, be
it his brother Teddy, his successor Lyndon Johnson, or his many spiritual descendants
today. And the media of his day covered up for him, for no other reason than they
wanted to be included in the glittering lifestyle of Camelot-on-the-Potomac themselves:
nightlife, pool parties, alcohol, drugs, and endless hoards of beautiful willing females.
Dr. Sean Gabb, An Interview
by L. Neil Smith
L. NEIL SMITH: Sean Gabb, any attempt to introduce you adequately to
our readers would end up as long as the rest of this interview. You are a man of many
accomplishments, and there are plenty of things this long-overdue discussion might be about.
From my viewpoint, for example, you are British libertarianism. But you're also one of
the most hardworking and productive writers I know of, magnificently adept at both fiction and
non-fiction. So let's make this simply a writer-to-writer conversation and see what happens.
In Orwell's Newspeak: "Isolation" Means Mandatory Military Service For All
by C. Jeffery Small
The drumbeat to enslave us never lets up. A few years ago, in my
essay, "National Service: A Vicious ConceptAnd Its Antidote," I wrote about
the Obama administration's drive to impose mandatory national service on all Americans.
One of the few good thing that you can say about the economic crisis is that it created
so many new problems during the past four years that attention was temporarily diverted
from this proposalalthough it is alive and continues to grow in our government-run
Halftime In America
by Johathan David Morris
Let's just say, for the sake of discussion, that there are 300,000,000
people living in America. And let's just assume, while we're looking at numbers, that all
but 10 of those people watched this year's Super Bowl.
Should Libertarianism be Cultural Leftism without the State?
by Keith Preston
In recent years, an idea commonly described as thick libertarianism
has emerged among some libertarians. This perspective holds that libertarianism requires a
commitment to a broader set of values beyond that of mere individual liberty, or the
"non-aggression principle," in order to be substantive or sustainable. The "left-libertarian"
writer and philosopher Charles Johnson is arguably the most prolific and articulate proponent
of "thick libertarianism." In a recently published and important article on this question,
Johnson begins by asking the central questions that thick libertarians wish to address....
by L. Neil Smith
Hardly a week goes by these days that we don't hear some vile
Washington chair-warmer issuing a proclamation to the effect that any man, woman,
or child who exercises a given unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, or
human right (the particulars change from moment to moment) should be looked upon
by local police as a potential terrorist. The round-heeled mass-media lick it all
up and vomit it back at us.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 163
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 163 of a weekly cartoon series.