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L. Neil Smith's
Number 375, July 9, 2006

"This insane and petty Prohibitionism"

Firing the Anvil
Keep the King of England Out of our Face Day related—an open invitation to lawlessness
Chuck Bridgeland sent this picture.
He writes:

"In the great state of Illinois, real fireworks, the kind that could hurt you if you're stupid or careless, are illegal. This store is right on the state line (notice how the road surface changes), between Ill-i-noise and Wisconsin, and caters to us deprived residents of the Land 'o Lincoln.
"Despite being illegal, they've been popping off all last week in our neighborhood, and I'll be doing my part."


Ah, the Arizona Monsoon season has started, so things have cooled off some here. About time.

I don't know about you, but I am just about worn out. "And so it goes. . . ."

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The Portland Purge
by L. Neil Smith
By now, most of my readers will be aware that there is no more Libertarian Party, at least in any philosophical, moral, or ethical sense. They'll know that, in Portland, Oregon, ironically enough on the weekend of July 4, 2006, a slathering pack of neolibertarians—the vicious lowlives who have always placed politics ahead of principle—ripped eighty percent of the contents out of the Libertarian Party national platform. Moreover, they would have obliterated the document altogether, if they could have mustered a few more gullible fools -- those incapable of the two millimeter intellectual leap required to understand that there's no point in having a Libertarian Party, if you abandon the very libertarianism that the party stands for—to help them.

In Defense of Libertarian Purity
by Anthony Gregory
Many libertarians seem particularly worried about "purity police" within the libertarian movement. These "purity police" are accused of over-zealous sectarianism, frightening away potential fellow travelers with their rabid accusations of statism hurled at those guilty of the slightest deviation from radical libertarian principle. Instead of embracing those who believe in liberty for the most part, they supposedly get bogged down on allegedly minor issues, and their attachment to libertarian purity thus threatens the growth of the libertarian movement.

Borrowed Trouble
by Lady Liberty
I like to read, and I also like to watch movies. Because I like doing both of those things so much, I'm happy to encourage others to enjoy them, too. I have a lot (okay, I have more than a lot) of books, and I have a few of my favorite movies on DVD. Although I'm fairly careful of these books and movies because I value them so much, I have been known to loan those I recommend to good friends. After all, if you can't trust a good friend, who can you trust?

The Future Path of a Libertarian Movement
by Christopher Awuku
As a libertarian, I like to keep abreast of happenings within the libertarian movements of countries around the world, since they are naturally seeking to create a freer society and freer world. Within these nations there are a number of think tanks, political parties and other organisations dedicated to promoting and disseminating ideas about liberty. This is all well and good, nonetheless how does the future path of liberty present itself?

The Founding Fathers Order Cheesesteaks
by Jonathan David Morris
THOMAS JEFFERSON: Hey, Madison. Check it out. Only one more guy ahead of us, and we will finally be able to sink our wooden teeth into genuine Philadelphia cheesesteaks. JAMES MADISON: Sweet. I hope these things are all they're cracked up to be.

New Book Revives Lost Notions of Boyhood
by Wendy McElroy
Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails are what readers of a surprise bestseller are made of. The Dangerous Book for Boys by the British brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden is a practical manual that returns boys to the wonder and almost lost world of tree houses and pirate flags. It celebrates the art of teaching an old mutt new tricks and accepts skinned knees as an acceptable risk for running through fields with the same dog yapping along.

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