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L. Neil Smith's
Number 172, May 6, 2002

"A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim." -- L. Neil Smith

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Famous Last Words

by Russmo

[IN THIS ISSUE: First off, apologies are in order. David M. Brown does in fact know how to spell macrame (acute accent on the "e"), but apparently, some piece of software thinks it knows better and magically converted the "accented e" into an "i". It came in correct, it went out correct, but e-mail recipients received it incorrect. What can I say - sorry, David!

As if that weren't bad enough, I left off Christopher Lee's name in his first listing in the table of contents; I'm sure everyone figured it out from "Part Two", but hey - mea culpa.

This week, in addition to trying to do better editorially, we present the final installment of Messrs. Antle and Wedstmiller's "abortion debate". Some (see L2E below) seem to believe that this issue has been long settled and that further debate is a waste of oxygen. Sitting where I sit, it appears that this rift is as deep as ever, and that "ostriching" it doesn't seem to help. Either way, I thank these two gentlemen for their well-reasoned and genteel approach to a very volatile subject.]

Table of Contents

[ 1.]

Letters To The Editor

[ 2.]

Heartbreak Ridge
by Jeff Elkins

[ 3.]

The Not-so-secret Conspiracy
by John Bottoms

[ 4.]

Let's Not 'Learn' The Same Lessons From Blake That We Learned From OJ
by Glenn Sacks

[ 5.]

Women Can't Be Gun-shy About Defense
by Wendy McElroy

[ 6.]

What Happened To Common Sense? Is It All That Uncommon?
by Corey Langeslay

[ 7.]

Owned By The Anti-drug Cartels
by Rick Gee

[ 8.]

Overturn Roe? No! (Closing)
by William Westmiller

[ 9.]

Overturn Roe: Yes! (Closing)
by W. James Antle III

[ 10.]

Stunningly Stupid
by Carl Bussjaeger

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