by Charles Curley
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
Wyoming has the shortest legislative calendar of any state, 90 days per biennium. It’s scheduled to wrap up the 2023 session by midnight on March 3. Other states could learn from Wyoming.
In This Issue
L. Neil Smith on Liberty’s One Percent — or — Pushing the Buttons of Liberty, and why enforcing the Bill of Rights (BoRe) is the way to go. By the way, there’s nothing new about the feds trying to control the content of the Internet (see the links below): L. Neil mentions pressure from the FBI on a web hosting service to take down a web site.
James Bovard proposes a solution to the problem of presidential lies during the State of the Union address. I like it. Not quite BoRe, but the right idea.
Would Ayn Rand have figured out what woke capitalism is about? Sean Gangol speculates.
And Albert Perez collects facts and ponders a recent shooting incident in El Paso.
Feb 15 – April 1, 2023: Libertarian Solutions 3.0 online learning course: How to Share the Libertarian Message with Just About Anyone.
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“The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling is an audio documentary that examines some of the most contentious conflicts of our time through the life and career of the world’s most successful author. In conversation with host Megan Phelps-Roper, J.K. Rowling speaks with unprecedented candor and depth about the controversies surrounding her—from book bans to debates on gender and sex.
The series also examines the forces propelling this moment in history, through interviews with Rowling’s supporters and critics, journalists, historians, clinicians, and more.”
“It’s said often enough that the Russian-Ukrainian war began long before February 24, 2022, with the annexation of Crimea and Russian troops’ incursion into the Donbas in 2014. In fact, it began even before that.” Who decided on the boundaries of the ‘Russian World’?: A brief history of Donbas separatism. (I had no idea that a city in Ukraine was founded by a Welshman!)
“Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) is a university in Guatemala that believes in, rather than ridicules, the principles you and I cherish, and that includes the Austrian School of economics.” — Tom Woods. “Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.” (Our mission is the teaching and dissemination of ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society of free and responsible people.) English web site
Are the media really getting that blatant? Half of Americans believe the media is trying to mislead them, and the people running the USA are “unknown” to voters Or are Americans getting smarter?
Some people think it’s OK to commit crimes as long as they’re in the interest of the State. State Duma proposes waiving punishment for crimes committed ‘in Russia’s interests’ on occupied Ukrainian territory Well, at least these guys are more open about it than others.
The Death of Critical Thinking in America: A nation of critical thinkers would, from the perspective of citizen loyalty, be a dangerous thing, writes Lawrence Davidson.
Down the memory hole: Publisher Rewrites Passages in Roald Dahl’s Books to Promote Feminism, Fight Fatphobia (Wendy McElroy reports that the publisher has backed down due to backlash.)
You must be having a laugh! Yes Minister and The Thick of It were among the satire programmes flagged by beleaguered counter-terror Prevent scheme for ‘encouraging far-right sympathies’ I’m sure Legolas and Gimli are laughing! (Yes Minister is a BBC comedy series. I highly recommend it and its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, to those who would like to know how governments really work. — Editor)
Scoring Speech: How the Biden Administration has been Quietly Shaping Public Discourse Well! I’m disappointed that The Libertarian Enterprise isn’t on the list.
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