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Number 398, December 17, 2006

"The Great Moratorium"

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Back to Basics: Part Four
by L. Neil Smith
In three preceding articles, I listed the five steps necessary to get us to something resembling a libertarian future. Here are the five steps:

Why a World Power?
by Steve Trinward
The quest to be Number One is endemic to our American society, and perhaps to our species itself. Whether it's being the Alpha Male in your local social herd, winning an Oscar or a Grammy, or getting to play Ohio State in the Bowl Championship of college football, being recognized as the top dog in the game is prized almost above life itself for the vast majority of us. And even in our own private lives, we are taught and encouraged to excel—and to outrun, out-earn or just outlast the "competition"—as part of achieving "success" in the world.

When I Was Your Age, All The Kids Wanted Hoverboards
by Jonathan David Morris
It amazes me how 20 years have passed since Cabbage Patch Mania and people are still camping out for "hot ticket" Christmas toys. A couple of weeks ago, people were paying two to three or even four times the sticker price just to get their hands on PlayStation 3s and TMX Elmos. Do you honestly not understand the Overhyped Christmas Toy Process?

Morals and Morality
by Ron Beatty
As most of you know, I've written several times on various issues touching on morals and morality, including marriage, abortion, alternative lifestyles, and other personal issues that are strictly between an individual and their own conscience and beliefs. I've decided to revisit the topic(s) and go over a few things that concern me.

Libertarian Party as Endorsing Party
by Alan R. Weiss
As a longtime Libertarian I have a number of comments related to the direction of the Libertarian Party:

A Non-Libertarian Point Of View
by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.
This was sent to me by a friend who fails to understand the Libertarian Principles and Goals; allow me to bleed some corrections onto this piece. My friends, if I miss something or get a principle wrong—feel free to contact me and let me know. We all continue learning until we begin dying.

I Swear!
by Lady Liberty
Over the course of the last weeks, the Internet has been filled with a discussion I confess I actually found a little surprising. I wasn't at all shocked to see a Muslim win Congressional office on November 7—after all, not only do Americans often bend over backwards to show just how prejudiced they're not, but Keith Ellison (D-MN) ran as a Democrat, and we all know how party affiliation alone played out this year! What did take me aback a little, though, was some question about just how Mr. Ellison might take his oath of office.

Limbaugh Humbug!
by L. Neil Smith
Long before the days of Opie and Mayberry, Andy Griffith starred in a movie called A Face in the Crowd, made in 1957, about a radio personality and demagogue of the worst sort who allows celebrity to go to his head. He dreams Idi Amin-shaped dreams of becoming President, but he's destroyed when the woman he wronged leaves a microphone open as he blathers on about what gullible simpletons his audience consists of.

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