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Letters to the Editor
from Nils Andersson, L. Neil Smith, Somebody, A.X. Perez, and/or Chav El Chuco
The Spirit of Liberty
by L. Neil Smith
America's last good yearvery likely the last good year for
Western Civilizationis drawing to a close. Taking a good, hard look at the events
of 2012, and especially at the recent election, I have come to some conclusions
regarding what must be done if we expect, as individuals or a society, ever to see
another good year again.
I Hate Cops
by Kent McManigal
Let me just start by saying I hate cops. Yes, I admit it
may be an irrational hatred, and I probably shouldn't hate themand I certainly
shouldn't admit it. If you are just going to scold me for that stop reading
now and go do something else.
The Rot at the Core
by A.X. Perez
First off, this is America. Race should not be part of our national
conversation, or at least it's role should be diminishing. We're all Americans together,
and how well your stomach digests milk or the proportion of you thigh to your shinbone
should matter less than nothing. Religious conformity should not be part of our discourse,
Thomas Jefferson expressed this in his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and James
Madison in the First Amendment. Indeed it was the first right guaranteed in that statement
of intellectual freedom.
Are you SURE they're breaking the Law?
by Madison MacBear
Tovarishchii, Confederates, Countrybeings, lend me your ears! I come
not to praise Hamilton, but to bury him! Yesterday afternoon, I had a discussion with my
brother-in-law, in which I told him I was seeking to become holder-in-due-course of my
own STRAWMAN, after which options not available to the common slaves would be open to me.
He dismissed my assertions of loopholes available under the written laws because the
information had come from (guffaw) the internet! He actually compared freeman-on-the-land
websites to the Zimbabwean [sic] banking scam. He opined that I would look very silly
telling the judge, "But it's here in the written laws" before they escorted me to a
cell. Later, I realized that he meant (though I daresay he did not realize it) that quoting
the law would not help my defense should I end up in court.
State-Regulation of the British Press: So What?
by Sean Gabb
At the moment in England, our masters and their clients are
discussing censorship of the newspaper press. After months of submissions, a
government inquiry into newspaper conduct has finished, and its report will
almost certainly call for what is called "a rule-based framework of regulation."
The surface argument is between those who want controls backed by the law, and
those who want "voluntary self-regulation." No one who matters, though, disputes
that something must be done. This means that something will be done. And this
something will be formal censorship.
To the Barricades! Or Not.
by Chris Claypoole
I spent the day on Friday at home, trying to rest and recover from a
bout with my chronic bronchitis. My daughter had come home for Thanksgiving, and we were
sitting in the living room. She had the television on, watching a PBS beg-fest that
featured a recording of the musical, Les Misérables. When the song "Do
You Hear The People Sing" was playing, I had a thought or two, which I am going to
share with you.
Why Japanese-style Gun Control Simply CANNOT Be Successfully Implemented In The US
by Neale Osborn
Feudal Japan made possessing a sword without membership in the Samurai class
a death penalty offense. Today, Japan has some of the lowest crime rates and some of the strictest
gun control laws in the world. And the Victim Disarmament crowd often espouses adopting the
Japanese-style laws to "put a stop to crime and violence" here in America. Since these people
tend to be the same people who claim to support individual rights, I thought it would be good
to see WHAT it is they are supporting. So, let us look at the socity that the victim disarmament
groups hold up as the prime example of why we, in America, need to ban guns "for our own good". Japan.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 204
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 204 of a weekly cartoon series.