Collectivism's Last Stand
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Number 502, January 18, 2009
"Politicians must be taught, in no
uncertain terms, that the only real
way to economically "stimulate" the
Productive Class is to stop stealing
their fucking money!"

by Rex May (note new URL)
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Winter continues along. Cold, cold. Bah and Humbug!

And while mentioning that this is a Reader-Supported publication:

I welcome you to issue number 502!

Ken Holder

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Letters to the Editor
from Ward Griffiths, A.X. Perez, Dennis Wilson, Puck Smith, Bill St. Clair, Frank Ney, Marc V. Ridenour, Frank Ney, L. Neil Smith, Chris Claypoole, Curt Howland, and David Earnest

Collectivism's Last Stand
by L. Neil Smith
I am not an economist, nor—unlike a half-vast majority of the hairsprayheaded newsies who have somehow lately, miraculously, become overnight experts on all matters economic—do I pretend to be one on TV. What I am is an individual who has worked hard for forty years in a difficult, exacting, and not terribly rewarding profession, which has nevertheless offered me the opportunity—an expensive one, but worth it—of telling the truth, exactly as I see it, without having to worry about what interests, corporate or otherwise, I might offend. And it seems to me that this is the moment—the very moment—when whatever I have sacrificed for that opportunity will now begin to pay off.

Cops. What good are they?
by Paul Bonneau
Interesting that Neil has also been thinking of police thuggery lately, although his solution had a bit of a pollyannish aroma to it. After all, how can one expect the ruling class and their enforcers (with maybe a few exceptions) to embrace policies inimicable to their interests? One might as well wish for reform of government schools. Ain't gonna happen.

Liberty or Utilitarianism: Mutually Exclusive Ethical Systems
by Russell D. Longcore
I read an essay by the late Murray Rothbard recently, taken from his book Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature. In the essay, he focuses on the reasons that people choose to be Libertarians, and the reasons others choose Utilitarianism. (note that he wrote "Libertarians," not "liberty." One can love liberty without becoming a Libertarian.)

Burden of Proof
by A.X. Perez
Fair warning, this is a gong I intend to beat regularly (drums ain't loud and annoying enough). Those who hold political power must be required to prove the benevolence of their means and ends. They must be required to do so not to the satisfaction of their followers, but of their most bitter and uncompromising opponents. They should expect no slack for good intentions. They should assume there is no excuse for breaking promises to those who distrust them.

Fleas on a Dog? Change? A New Direction?
by Dave Earnest
Fellow Prisoners! As I begin my 51st year it has become clear to me that the world, The Planet Earth it seems, is turning against us. The Planet is treating humans like fleas on a dog. Shaking, scratching, heating up the traditionally cool areas, cooling down the traditionally warm areas. Raining in the dry places, drying in the rainy places. I think you get the idea. Not a battle we can hope to fight if it's only fractionally true. We humans are an odd bunch. We like continuity, tradition and habit. When things happen outside the ordinary, the customary and the habitual we call that "stressful."

Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
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The Probability Broach:
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by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Bighead Press, 2004

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