The Libertarian Enterprise
Number 836, August 30, 2015
There Ain't No Such Thing As Social Justice
The Down With Power audiobook read by Brian Wilson
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Americans Have Obeyed Their Last Gun Law
A cyberpamphlet by L. Neil Smith
The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
Letters to the Editor
Rational Thoughts On Immigration
Not a Rant
Death in Ravenna
Calling a Halt to Jihad
We Were Betrayed
The Power to Issue Money
Some readers have noted and commented on the fact that we have terminated the comic strip Atlantea the Beautiful. I won't hide behind the journalistic "we"—I made the decision, not for no reason.
It was a decision I felt regret over. Atlantea has been around in one form or another, since the administration of President George H. W. Bush, whom co-author and artist Rex May and I lampooned as "Firstman Shrubb" (his son became Firstman Twigg). We did silly strips about his wife Barbaria, and his Secondman, whom we named after some bird or other. We introduced Eljor, Prophet of Doom, naming him for Superman's dad spelled sideways. In those days he resembled Andre Marrou.
However, over the past year or so, the strip's content, now mostly controlled by Rex, due to increasing poor health and growing fatigue on my part, came more and more to reflect Rex's views, with which I didn't want to be associated. During that interval, readers complained we were publishing a racist, xenophobic strip and Rex made it plain in other venues that they were not mistaken. As I have said elsewhere in this issue of The Libertarian Enterprise, I have long been in favor of open immigration; it's one reason I'm a libertarian, not a conservative.
However Rex was a good friend of a lifetime's standing. I made excuses for him and cut as wide a path as I could for him for as kong as I could. The last strip we ran accused me of being an idiot and took other cheap shots at me and those who share my views, and I was aware that elsewhere, Rex was calling the Zero Aggression Principle, the very foundation of everything ethical I believe, into question. He was quoting Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve and a student of racial differences, in ways Murray himself has asked people not to do. Enough was enough. I created The Libertarian Enterprise as a platform for liberty-oriented free speech, not racist neofascism and coercion.
And so, without apology, we say a sad farewell to Atlantea the Beautiful in the virtual pages of The Libertarian Enterprise. We'll try to find something just as funny -- and completely ethical—to replace it. Some observers may accuse me of censorship—which I have battled all my life -- but this is my publication; I will not support ideas that get others beaten up and killed because they want a better life.
L. Neil Smith
Back to Ye Olde Editor now.
Jim Woosley sent this link:
The funny thing about "Social Justice" is There Ain't No Such Thing As Social Justice (TANSTASJ!). And, people who call themselves "Social Justice Warriors" are not advocating justice of any kind, but rather totalitarian dictatorship.
Finally, this issue contains the return of Jim Davidson, who first wrote for us in issue number 3 (December 1995)! Welcome back, Jim! And the return of L. Neil Smith. Welcome back Neil!
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