July Forth!

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IN THIS ISSUE: Manuel gets raked over the coals; L. Neil stomps on incumbents' ashes; and Vin whizzes on appellate embers.

The Editor

Letters To The Editor
from Mimbreno Chiracahua, Mike Kerner, Paul Birch, Scott R. Keszler, Curt Howland, Bill Bunn, Curt Howland again, Jan Narveson, John Lopez, Caleb Paul, and Erik Hanson

July Forth!
by L. Neil Smith
I don't know whether you've noticed it or not, but everybody who was pretending to be in charge of America the day before September 11, 2001, is still pretending to be in charge. The difference is that they have more money to play with, and a hell of a lot more power over our lives.

Right Wing What?
by Carl Bussjaeger
I've just finished reading Manuel Miles' rather disturbing article, Right Wing Anarchy: A Dead End (TLE #179, June 24, 2002). Mr. Miles states that, in an attempt to learn more about "right wing anarchism", he has been posting at an "anarcho-capitalist" site.

Catholic Church Faces New Sex Scandal
by Wendy McElroy
Scandal in the Catholic Church may be spreading from priests' abuse of children to abuse of women, especially nuns.

Rescuing Us From Success
by James Maynard
On June 8th of this year, Forbes magazine published an article, written by Quentin Hardy, entitled "Boondoggle". This article concerns Joseph Liebermanís recently submitted National Broadband Strategy Act of 2002, which calls for Government sponsorship of high- speed Internet connections across America.

So There's This Ticket Agent and This Jokey Passenger, See ...
by David M. Brown
In The Crunch Report's eerily prophetic dystopian play about being at the airport, a character asserts that under the terms of the so-called "Patriot Act," it is now illegal to tell jokes while in transit. Just another fantastical science-fiction scenario that could never actually happen.

Against the Freestate Project
by Mark Etanerkist
The Freestate Project is a project where 20,000 libertarian-minded people move to a state with the intention of taking it over through voting. Jason Sorens, the founder of the project, has put together some impressive essays on what 20,000 active voters can do in a state with a low number of voters. He and his fellow members of the project have also compiled a large amount of data on various qualities of the smaller states to see which state would be the easiest to take over. It appears quite a bit of thought has been put into, and will continue to be put into, this project. However, there is one thing that is left unanswered: What right do these 20,000 people have to impose a state on the people not wanting to live under their "free" state - isn't a free state kind of like a round triangle?

A Ridiculous Decision
by Vin Suprynowicz
Possibly the most exasperating result of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Wednesday to declare the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional in nine Western states was the apparently irresistible temptation it dangled before politicians and other publicity seekers to storm about in public, bugling their righteousness, waving the Bible and wrapping themselves in the flag simultaneously.

Too Little, Too Late
by L. Neil Smith
A small asteroid crossed Earth's orbit last week, coming within 75,000 miles of the Mother Planet, three times closer than the Moon. Described as about the size of a "football pitch" -- the field where Europeans and other simps play babykickyball -- it buzzed by into the wild black yonder where it was only spotted by astronomers three days later.

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