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Number 653, January 15, 2012
"What do you suppose it would it be like, how would it feel,
to spend the rest of the time we two have left in life
without having to struggle against a rogue, feral, criminal
government hell-bent on turning us all into its property
every day, every hour, every minute?"

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Dear Family and Friends,

I've just been notified that my novel _Ceres_ is currently being considered for freedombookclub.com's annual literary award. The award is determined via opinion poll, which closes on February 2, 2012 at 7:20:30 (Eastern).

There is a link below to the survey for _Ceres_. I'd greatly appreciate it if you'd respond to the poll and ask others to do so, as well. I believe _Ceres_ is the best book I've written so far. I'm extremely fond of itand the characters in it. And I think it might be important in helping us to regain the free country we once believed we had.

http://freedombookclub.com/c/p/11/03.html

It's a little difficult finding the right place to vote. Go to the notation "1. Default Section" and you'll find a little scroller. Scroll down and answer the questions. That's all there is to it. Thank you very much,

L. Neil Smith
Publisher and Senior Columnist
L.Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

EDITOR'S NOTE:

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ARTICLES

Nullification Act

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Letters to the Editor
from Tor Chantara, Richard Bartucci, Neale Osborn, DataPacRat, Gerald A Montgomery, and A.X. Perez
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I'm Only In It for the Freedom
by L. Neil Smith
I was talking with my wife Cathy yesterday when I was suddenly struck with the profoundly historic nature of the moment we're living in. Just now, the choice is clearer, and the contrast easier to make out, between individual liberty and universal slavery—and more of my fellow Americans seem to be aware of it—than at any other time I know of. Freedom has found a champion in Congressman Ron Paul, and, at the moment, thanks to him, the word "libertarian" is on everybody's lips.
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Open Letter to Mark Levin
by Larry Wright
Dear Mr. Levin: I find it ironic that while you clearly understand that the Federal government of these united States cannot afford to keep spending money that we do not have, that you refuse to acknowledge that there is one and only one candidate that if elected has any likelihood of reversing this disastrous trend. Of course I mean Ron Paul. Mitt Romney and all of the rest lack Paul's principles, his backbone, and his clear understanding of what is needed. Romney, Gingrinch, Perry, Santorum and all the rest are, in principle, no different from the Kenyan present in the White House. Romney, Gingrinch, Perry, Santorum and all the other dead elephants' utter lack of principle is the reason we are where we are.
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A Praise Idea—Your Thoughts?
by DataPacRat
One of the basic ways we try to change others' behaviour is through condemning some actions and praising others. There are many ways to do both—including offering awards. One of the more important actions that we libertarians would seem to find praiseworthy, is disobeying an immoral command.
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On Defending "The Indefensible"
by Sean Gabb
During the past month, I have spent much of my time as Director of the Libertarian Alliance speaking up for the rights of Emma West—the South London "Tram Lady"—and of the alleged murderers of Stephen Lawrence. Because of this, I have received several e-mails of denunciation. I normally ignore criticism. However, since I may spend at least the next few years defending the rights of people who are regarded as unspeakably evil by the ruling class and all who stand in awe of the ruling class, it may be useful if I say something in my own defence.
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Harsh Words
by Sean Gangol
A Few months ago, I submitted an article titled "Where is the Outrage?" where I not only blasted the perverted security tactics of the TSA, but the cowards who supported their measures. Recently I emailed the article to my grandmother who didn't seem to understand why I thought it was wrong to violate the Fourth Amendment rights of every passenger. Now, let me give you a little background information on my grandmother. She is a staunch democrat that broke the party line only twice when she voted for Barry Goldwater (she couldn't stand LBJ) and one other time for Richard Nixon. For the most part she has sided with the democrats on every issue. There are times I wonder if she even thinks the democrats could ever do wrong.
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If We're so Smart, Why Haven't we Won?
by DataPacRat
If life without a tyrannical government is so obviously so much better than life with one, why aren't we already living in a libertopian paradise? Why does anyone at all support a government with the authority to do nasty things to them?
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Of COURSE you're free. Now shut-up.
by L. Reichard White
That wimpy unpatriotic peace-monger Ron Paul doesn't want to start a war with Iran! What's wrong with him? Doesn't he know that after being forced out of Iraq, we're now at least one war short? And no, Pakistan doesn't count yet.
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What Makes a Fascist?
by DataPacRat
One of the most important lessons of WW2 is that the German people aren't any more inherently evil than anyone else; what happened there could happen here. It's perfectly possible for ordinary people start being part of a system performing monstrous evils—without necessarily even realizing it.
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Bend Over, Ben & Jerry!
by L. Neil Smith
You may be old enough to recall a period before Star Trek when Men in Space (this was before we bumped our heads on the word "astronaut"—or on gender correctness, for that matter) had to check for things like temperature, pressure, and atmospheric composition before going outside.
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Atlantea The Beautiful No. 159
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 159 of a weekly cartoon series.
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The unabridged audio version of my 1983 novel The Nagasaki Vector, brilliantly read by the great libertarian radio host Brian Wilson, is finally available for purchase.

Many feel that this is the funniest book I've written so far—at least intentionally—and features our old friend Win Bear, G. Howell Nahuatl, a sapient coyote, time traveler Bernie Gruenblum, and Georgie, the time machine who loves him.

The price: $12.99.

The place: CD Baby.

I understand that it will soon be available in iTunes, as well.

—L. Neil Smith


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Roswell, Texas
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