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L. Neil Smith's
Number 360, March 26, 2006

A Paper Manuscript

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
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We managed to go see a Saturday matinee of V For Vendetta. Very powerful film, of which we have three reviews in this, the 360th Issue of TLE.

One of TLE's loyal readers passed this message on to us this week:

I just wanted to let you know that the new Homeland Security Bill has passed. Things will be different now and Internet surfing will be tracked by what the FBI calls a "non-intrusive method." The FBI says you will not notice anything different.

For a demonstration, click on this link...

In other news, we finally have that special announcement from L. Neil Smith, viz, to wit: the manuscript of his new book, for sale to the highest bidder. I fiddled with installing some Auction software on the site, but after a bit decided to uninstall it and just take the bids via email. I'll post an update several times a day on this main page of TLE.

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Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith
Cover by Scott Bieser
First uncensored edition. Originally published by Del Rey Books, 1984.
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by BigHead Press, 2004



Letters to the Editor
from Sean Gabb and Jim Davidson

Okay, Here's the Deal
A Personal Message from L. Neil Smith
For months, now, our Mighty Editor and Webmaster, Ken "Moose" Holder has been promising the readers of The Libertarian Enterprise a special surprise, and for months, the individual he was relying on to deliver that surprise—namely yours truly—has been letting him down.
I could plead illness (there's been some of that—I'm on some nasty antibiotics at the moment and have horrible bronchitis) or busy-ness (there's been some of that, too, as I try to juggle two very different book projects and a myriad of other literary obligations at the some time. But I won't plead anything. Instead, I'll just offer, at last, the surprise that Kenny's been telling you all about for so long.

Transition of Greatness to Greatness: From Amanda Phillips to Varrin Swearingen
by Alan R. Weiss
I have been "out" of the Free State Project's mainstream information flow for about a year now. Focusing my attention on restoring my health (now excellent), transitioning my business from the EEMBC Certification Laboratory to Synchromesh Computing (successfully), and in general letting others step into the breach to bring fresh ideas to the Free State Project.

The Failure of the Iraq War
by Jonathan David Morris
In last week's article, I wrote that "the only thing America's confident in anymore is its military." Predictably, I got a couple of letters from people who angrily denied this assertion—only to turn around and remind me we wouldn't be free if people hadn't "shed blood" for our country. This was basically exactly what I was getting at. America's a nation enamored by its military. And judging by the way we use "war" to describe mere differences in opinion (see: the War on Christmas), I think it's safe to say, as a people, we love a good war.

Afghan Christian Faces Trial, Death for Religious Faith—Why?
by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
News reports tell us that Abdul Rahman will stand trial on charges of rejecting Islam. He admittedly converted to Christianity about 16 years ago. If convicted, Rahman could face the death sentence under Sharia law unless he recants his faith.

V for Vendetta—3 and a half out of 4 stars
by Lady Liberty
I've read early reviews of V for Vendetta with some interest and not a little trepidation. In general terms, the movie critics have appreciated the film (such luminary critics as Roger Ebert, Rolling Stone, and USA Today have given the movie 3 or 3 and a half stars out of 4; others, such as the Village Voice—which calls the film "supremely tasteless"—haven't been so kind; some have even called the movie propaganda in and of itself, and which "blurs the line between freedom fighter and terrorist"). Although I understand the viewpoint of the latter critics, as far as the movie—and its thought-provoking subject matter—goes, I'm solidly on the side of the former.

V for Vendetta
A Review by Thomas Creasing
It promised Vision and Verve. It delivered Violence and Visual. But in the end, it was Vague and Vapid, lacking in Vision. Hollywood has difficulty doing justice to books and the long awaited V For Vendetta is no exception. The graphic novel is a rousing political discussion, wrapped an a story of adventure and revenge. A story of a man so wronged that he not only exacts his vengence on those responsible for his suffering, but upon their entire political world as well.

V For Vendetta Review
A Pretty Decent Anti-State Film, Though Not a Very Libertarian One

by Mark Quon
For those of you who are totally out of touch with the current movie scene, V for Vendetta is the new adaptation of the Alan Moore comic which has gained something of a cult following over the years though the screenplay for the film was written by the Wachowski Brothers of the Matrix Trilogy fame.

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