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L. Neil Smith's
Number 415, April 29, 2007

"How come our country is such a paradox?"


What Else is there to Say?
by L. Neil Smith

Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

An Amendment to the United States Constitution

1. No right, activity, person, or object protected by the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, commonly known as the "Bill of Rights", shall be taxed, licensed, or "regulated" by any government at any stage of production, manufacture, transportation, distribution, sale, resale, possession, or use.

2. Similarly, nothing essential or tangential to the five basic needs of human survival—food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and self-defense—shall be taxed by any government at any level of production, manufacture, transportation, distribution, sale, resale, possession, or use.

3. These matters will not be subject to adjudication or interpretation by any body of government—in particular by the Supreme Court of the United States, or by any state or territorial court—but only by a jury enlisted completely at random, without filtering or selection, from the total pool of potential jurors available.

4. Government employees, including elected and unelected officials—previously granted immunities to the contrary notwithstanding—accused of violating or evading these measures, shall be removed summarily from office, and upon conviction, fined, imprisoned for no fewer than twenty-five years at hard labor, and forbidden to occupy any position, at any level of government, for the remainder of their lives.

5. No attempt shall be made to replace any revenue lost to the government by this amendment; instead, the government shall be reduced in size and scope proportionally.

Four-time Prometheus Award-winner L. Neil Smith has been called one of the world's foremost authorities on the ethics of self-defense. He is the author of 25 books, including The American Zone, Forge of the Elders, Pallas, The Probability Broach, Hope (with Aaron Zelman), and his collected articles and speeches, Lever Action, all of which may be purchased through his website "The Webley Page" at

Ceres, an exciting sequel to Neil's 1993 Ngu family novel Pallas was recently completed and is presently looking for a literary home.

A decensored, e-published version of Neil's 1984 novel, TOM PAINE MARU is available at: Neil is presently working on Ares, the middle volume of the epic Ngu Family Cycle, and on Roswell, Texas, with Rex F. "Baloo" May.

The stunning 185-page full-color graphic-novelized version of The Probability Broach, which features the art of Scott Bieser and was published by BigHead Press has recently won a Special Prometheus Award. It may be had through the publisher, at, or at


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