The Editor’s Notes

by Charles Curley
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Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

A Request for Help

Dear Reader,

Our longtime friend of the Libertarian Enterprise has been released from jail after selling his car to post bond. He would prefer to retain a lawyer rather than depend on the tender mercies of a public defender. He has identified a lawyer he would like to retain, who wants $5,000 as an initial retainer. Costs are estimated as follows:

  • $5,000 for basic discovery, pleading, etc.
  • $3,000 for motions, including to suppress evidence
  • $5,000 for trial should any charges proceed to trial

Our friend maintains his innocence with respect to the charges, and while the Libertarian Enterprise will not comment on the particulars of the situation, we do believe that everyone is owed a fair trial and the ability to retain a lawyer, with whom one is able to communicate in confidentiality. To that end, we have set up a GiveSendGo page, and our friend, and we, would be extremely grateful for any help our readers would be able to kindly provide.

Donations will show up as “Rule of Law”, and will be directed to an account in Cathy’s name which will then be provided to chosen counsel.

Yours in Liberty,

Rylla and Cathy Smith
Co-Publishers, L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

Scholae delendae sunt”, the title of the letter from Wayne Grantham, is my own translation of “The schools must be destroyed”, which reminded me of Cato’s closing line in every speech, Carthago delenda est!, or Carthage must be destroyed. It took him a while, but Cato got his wish.

This week’s Blast From the Past should be a reminder, to those who are forgetful, that the American police state has been growing for over a century. Let it also be a reminder that things have gotten even worse since that was written: the PATRIOT Act was a mishmash of the wet dreams of American police state fanatics they couldn’t get passed until the population — and Congress — were suitable scared. And then the Covid pandemic. Etc., etc., etc.

Also in this issue, Alan Bickley takes on the whole racial victimization shtick.

And Rob Gillespie does a review and a personal (and Canadian) riff on Tom Woods’ most recent book, National Divorce: The Peaceful Solution to Irreconcilable Differences. A long read, but a good one. It’s an idea whose time might just have come. Before reading this, I was aware of two separate secession movements in Vermont alone.

Long-time Editor of TLE Ken Holder returns with some quotes to help with our thinking.

Links! Have we got Links!

The outrageous arrests of those republican protesters have flushed out all the hypocrites. So now you care about free speech?

SWAT Team Raids Innocent Elderly Couple, Destroys Their Home Because Their Power Bill Was Too Low

The American media’s racism fantasy: Stories about slurs are too good to check

The Diocletian effect comes to Russia. Again. Roman emperor Diocletian observed that one’s minions tend to tell one what they think he wants to hear, not what they should tell him, however bad. Why Ukraine’s counter-offensive is working: The Kremlin is being fed fake news from the front

Are the Media Making Mass Shootings Worse? Yes, according to a growing body of research, says criminologist Adam Lankford. Then again, the incentive for the media is to make them worse.

I suppose it is nice to be able to say, I told you so. Global Economic Freedom Plunged During the Coronavirus Panic

Wait, practical, sensible health care reforms? What a concept! Health reforms both parties should endorse

Wanna see Lindsey Graham flip-flop on whether abortion is a federal issue?


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