... But Who Wants to Live in an Institution?

L. Neil Smith's
The Libertarian Enterprise

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"Justifying War"

by RussMo

Number 189, September 9, 2002


IN THIS ISSUE: Two by El Neil ... doubly blessed this week; Bussjaeger on "intellectual property"; an we're inaugurating a new column this week -- it's sort of a "LibBits Plus", so I call it "LibBytes".

The Editor

Letters To The Editor
from Drew Williams, Curt Howland, Jeff Colonnesi, E.J. Totty, Steve Trinward, Matthew Hogan, E.J. Totty again, Alan Hutch, Joseph S. Bommarito, FIJA, Robert Gibson, and James J Odle:

... But Who Wants to Live in an Institution?
by L. Neil Smith
People tend to characterize certain periods of time with colorful expressions. The "Gay Nineties" comes to mind (and they were, for Oscar Wilde, anyway) as does the "Roaring Twenties". We've had a Progressive Era, a Gilded Age, and Ages, in turn, of Innocence, Enlightenment and Illegitimacy.

Practical Property: Intellectual Property in the Real World
by Carl Bussjaeger
Every now and then I give a little thought to something besides the current US slide into the total police state. I contemplate things like how society might work once the authoritarian thugs are off our backs. Like, say ... How we'd handle copyrights and patents; intellectual property.

by John Taylor
The New, Improved, Expanded Feature ....

A Note of Thanks
by L. Neil Smith
Bubonicon is a small but very well put together science fiction convention held every year in August, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My wife Cathy, my daughter Rylla, and I returned a few days ago from their 34th conclave. This is the first chance I've had to write about it.

Review: CRASHMAKER: A Federal Affaire
by James J Odle
I hereby nominate this book for a Prometheus Award! If F. Paul Wilson's Deep as the Marrow - which devotes a total of two pages to explaining the main character's opposition to the War on Drugs can be nominated for a Prometheus Award - then Crashmaker which serves up page after page of legal, Constitutional and economic arguments for the gold standard and truly limited government should be given serious consideration as well.

We're Ready for World Government, God Help Us
by John Bottoms
The Financial Times reported the results of their polling of Europeans and Americans on whether the US should invade Iraq. The results show the usual trends that most Americans favor the attack, while Europeans are of more mixed opinion. But the polls reveal a shocking acceptance of big government in general, and a one-world government in particular. A sizeable majority said the US should seek allied support and approval from the United Nations before any attack. Among the Europeans, a 10 percent approval for a unilateral US invasion grew to 60 percent with UN support. In fact, there are stories all over the place with comments about people being against the attack without UN approval.

Is There Too Great a Price to Pay for Freedom?
by S. Douglas Heard
The question each of us must ask ourselves before we get too far into the freedom vs. the state argument is: Is there any price that is too great to pay for freedom?

Calm Down Hootie!
by Wendy McElroy
Furor rages about whether the Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC), a private club that hosts the Masters Golf Tournament, should admit women as members. But the continuing flood of commentary misses a key aspect of the debate: the woman's group pushing for admission is not using governmental might but the strategy of "nonviolent action" -- and they are using it superlatively.

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