The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 7 parts.
Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez, Jim Davidson, Jeff Fullerton, and Kent McManigal
Paris: The High Price of Willful Ignorance
by L. Neil Smith
"Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual,
civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any
weapon -- rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything -- any time, any place,
without asking anyone's permission."——This is the Atlanta Declaration, which I
first enunciated 28 years ago, in September of 1987, at a weapons convention held in Atlanta,
Georgia. It is not proposed legislation, a measure I want introduced and passed, it is the
identification of an already-existimg natural law, and it doesn't really matter whether
anybody approves of it or not. Like gravity.
by Jim Davidson
Being in favour of the right to privacy is fundamental to my
understanding of the zero aggression principle. It is none of my business what you
do in the privacy of your home, on your computer, in your e-mail messages, on the
telephone, or in any other aspect of your life, provided that you are not engaged
in acts of initiatory force. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, what you think or
say neither picks my pocket nor punches my nose.
Government Is an Assault on Private Property
by Tyrone Johnson
In a recent essay, Lew Rockwell asserts that open borders are an
assault on private property. Evidently he feels that people travelling across imaginary
boundaries established by nation-states are undesirable. He seems to think that his
views are anti-state, anti-war, and pro-market, but he doesn't want to have people moving
about the world without limitations placed upon them. It's curious, to me, that he seems
prepared to assent to government (the state) when it does things that he agrees with, such
as preventing people from travelling. But he doesn't want the state to interfere with
private property. I'm quite happy with a state not attacking trade and commerce, of course.
But it seems to me that people who aren't free to travel without government permissions aren't
going to be able to come to my store and buy things.
The Paris Atrocities: The Most Probable and Bankrupt Response of our Own Government
by Sean Gabb
Because Keir Martland has already commented with great brilliance, and
even a certain nobility of tone, I will make no comment directly on the Paris Atrocities or
their probable causes. I will instead deal with our own Government's most likely response to
them. This will be a new Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. It will require Internet
and telephone companies to store all communication data for a year, and to make this available
to the police and security agencies. The stated reason for this will be that we are in danger,
and in particular danger from Moslem terrorists. What happened yesterday in Paris was only the
latest episode in a campaign of terror that began with the American Bombings in September 2001,
and proceeded through the Madrid Bombings, and the London Bombings, and the murder of Lee Rigby
in Woolwich, and the Charlie Hebdo killings. How long before a coordinated terror attack
in planned again for London? We are at war, and war calls for a deviation from the normal course of government.
Remember, Dear Reader, never (I mean never!) go anywhere
without your trusty side-arm. It is a matter of life-or-death!
And this ends the lesson from reading the news.
Last issue, Our Publisher Mr. L. Neil Smith said "If you're
much under sixty, it might surprise you to learn that
liberalism used to be sum-uppable in the single sentence
"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the
death Your right to say it." Yes indeed. Of course, now,
liberalism seems to be just: "Submit or Die!"
J. Neil Schulman has posted the first five chapters of a new
novel on his web page at
He wants to know if he should keep writing, or do something
else. If you want to read it, throw him some $money$.
Otherwise he will do something else in order to pay them
thar bills which we all got to pay.
Charles Murray (Jerry Pournelle calls him "one of the few
sociologists I can respect as a scientist") has a very fine
The regulators' yoke
Earlier this year, I published a book called "By the People"
that laid out a plan for systematic civil diso bedience of
stupid and pointless regulations. It is a subversive
position. The rule of law is the foundation of civilization.
It is especially important for those of us who are devoted
to freedom, because it is only through the rule of law that
freedom can be protected -- a truth that John Locke stated with
ultimate concision: "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins." To
advocate that we undermine the rule of law is a hairsbreadth
I have been led to this position by what I believe to be a
truth about where America stands: The federal government is
no longer "us" but "them." It is no longer an extension of
the people through their elected representatives. It is no
longer a republican bulwark against the arbitrary use of
power. It has become an entity unto itself, separated from
the American people and beyond the effective control of the
political process. In this situation, the foundational
principles of our nation come into play: The government does
not command the blind allegiance of the citizenry.
Government is instituted to protect our unalienable rights.
The more destructive it becomes of those rights, the less it
can call upon our allegiance.
I won't try to lay out the whole case for concluding that
our duty of allegiance has been radically diminished -- that
takes a few hundred pages. But let me summarize the ways in
which the federal government has not simply become bigger
and more intrusive since Bill Buckley founded NATIONAL
REVIEW, but has also become "them," and no longer an
extension of "us."
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