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L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE

Number 858, February 7, 2016

A violent revolution is certainly a difficult thing
to control, a limited strategy for change, and is
unlikely to bring about overall good results.


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Lost in Space/Red State

I stumbled across this while watching clips of that classic piece of bad science fiction that was appropriately named for era in which it was made when a whole generation was for the most part lost out there.

Which now seems to have become the fate of the Republican Party according to this article in Red State. The GOP has become a party lost in space with maybe no time left to start again.

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Re: "Hail Caesar", by Sean Gangol

Re: "the polls say"

Back in the 1980's the polls said that 2/3's of the American people supported gun control and 2/3's were against it. Having passed 6th grade arithmetic this puzzled me until I read an article whose source and title elude me.

One poll asked "Do you support laws to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals?" Two thirds of the respondents answered yes. The other poll asked "Do you support laws allowing honest people to arm themselves for self defense?" and two thirds of the American people supported this idea. Taught me how biased questions get biased results.

What has always intrigued me is the one third that always answered no on either end. Undoubtedly there are die hard constitutionalists and libertarians (not necessarily always the same bunch) who will always oppose gun control and die hard hoplophobes who want to ban it all. Hopefully the first group is growing and the second diminishing. However, I've noticed that many people view the right to keep and bear arms as a limited right, i.e., believe that generally people have the right to keep and bear arms but that it needs to be bound by fictional reasonable restrictions. I've always wondered, what fraction of the one third that answered no did so because they smelled the rat in the way the question was phrased (realized the author was pushing a forced response)?

Hopefully in the poll on 8 November a majority large enough of the American people to affect the outcome will respond "Anyone except Hillary Clinton."

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TLE got mentioned in Mother Jones: [Link]

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Tucci has sent you a link to a blog:

I can't believe that you haven't got this Web site on your radar, but in a "belt-and-suspenders" spirit, please see this page and the illustrations posted thereupon.

Blog: Hope n' Change Cartoons
Post: Groundhog Daze
Link: hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com

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[ The blog site is called "Conservative Humor"—they must not be Standard-Issue Conservatives, since they do have a sense of humor. Who'd a-thunk it?—Editor ]


Restore the Republic

When Gaius Julius Caesar tried to take over Rome he claimed he was trying to restore the Republic. His nephew Octavian (better known as Caesar Augustus) made the same claim. It was pretty late into the Imperial Period that the Emperors stopped making the same claim. Admittedly most such claims were hypocritical, but still it was their stated goal.

Rand Paul has dropped out of the Election. He was the only Republican saying that he was trying to restore the Constitution. The Democrats are worse on this issue (and most others.) Time for the American people to let both Parties know we want our Constitution back in force. It's not perfect, it's not even as free as we deserve, but it's better than anything the two parties are offering.

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By the Numbers:

The Numbers

Jim Woosley
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Re: "A Golden Oldie" by L. Neil Smith in this issue

Turns out she hated the record business. She hated making records, and she hated listening to herself.

It's interesting that many performers from this era disliked recording. Gershwin, for example. He hated making records, but they would give him lots of money if he did, and... well, it's money after all! Almost free money!

I once had a professional pianist tell me George Gershwin was a lousy pianist. This rather flabbergasted me since people alive then thought he was very good. Much later I realized that his recordings had indifferent-quality work on them, because he himself was indifferent about recording; he simply didn't try very hard for them, because he didn't see any reason to. You don't perform for a recording machine, you perform for real live people.

It was much later that performers realized that recordings were a sort of artistic immortality. At least for those performers who were artists.

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