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Number 200, November 25, 2002


Note from the Editor
It is with great pleasure, and a little awe, that I submit to you the 200th issue of The Libertarian Enterprise. When Neil first began talking about this on the Lever Action bulletin board -- back about '92, if I recall correctly -- it sounded like a great idea to me. I was looking forward to seeing it, and perhaps even making a minor contribution to the effort.

Letters To The Editor
Letters from Gene Strong with reply by John Taylor, Bill Walker, Bill Hartwell, MacGregor K. Phillips, Charlie Clayton, and Equifax Support, Fox News, and Robert Lallier:

"Close" Enough is Good Enough? -- Time to Get a Rope!
by Carl Bussjaeger
Americans who still value freedom and privacy cheered back in May when the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that Herr Ashcroft's little infringements of the Constitution - warrantless wiretaps, infiltrations, and the like - were just that: Illegal infringements, violations of the Constitution.

Big Brother is Here!
by Dennis Kabaczy
They couldn't wait, could they? They just had to show their power by passing the new Homeland Security bill before this session of Congress was over. And this bill, is worse than I thought it would be. As William Safire states in the New York Times, "Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy, every web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, ... will go into what the Defense Department describes as a virtual centralized grand data base."

The BIG Tax Form
by Rodney Harris
As the year comes to a close, I have received a few letters from charities asking for tax-deductible donations, which presumably would reduce my taxes. It is sad when a charity's best selling point is that it can reduce your taxes. The government's theory is that a small deduction will induce more people to give to charities. It is nice to know that the government cares so much. As a thought-experiment, one wonders if the tax deduction were one for one, how much money would be given to charities and how much sent in as taxes? This led me to the concept of the BIG tax form.

Rights and Responsibilities
by Wendy McElroy
Politically correct feminists seem determined to manufacture gender conflict by packaging women and men as separate classes with antagonistic political interests. The truth is we are all just human beings with the same political interest: to have our individual rights respected under laws that treat us the same as the person next door.

Welcome to the Police State: Now Shut Up and Do As You're Told
by Carl Bussjaeger
How can anyone doubt it anymore?

Knowledge Is Power
by Jim Duensing
A new military office, the Total Information Awareness (TIAO), is currently working towards eliminating personal privacy in our lifetimes.

"Poor Oh Poor the Pirate Sherry!"
by James J Odle
In terms of machismo, it's a show whose dialog at times rivals that of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry. "Forward my men and seize that General there! His life is over!" In terms of silliness and absurdity it's the nineteenth century's answer to Airplane and The Naked Gun movies -- without the vulgarity, of course. Along with its companions, it's a show that provided inspiration to early 20th century comedians such as Laurel and Hardy, the Keystone Kops, and others. Its libretto was penned by the foremost wordsmith in all music comedy -- a man justly famous for his use and abuse of the English language. Not only that, but it contains a song that may very well be considered the very first 'rap' song. That is, if 'rap' can be considered to be speaking a great deal of words, in a very rapid fashion according to a particular cadence. Performed properly -- with innocence, gusto and free-wheeling, reckless abandon -- the show is nothing but pure, mindless merriment from start to finish with nary a serious moment. Oh, Joy! Oh, Rapture!

Repeal the 17th Amendment
by John MacMullin
After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the federal government announced that it would preempt all state jurisdiction over airport security. The federal government preempted state powers without regard to balancing federal and state responsibilities so that these responsibilities, and related costs, could be distributed across federal, state, and local governments. To carry out this preemption, the federal government recently reported that it will employ more than 47,000 federal recruits in the fight against terrorism as newly trained security screeners. They are to begin working at 424 airports nationwide.

by the Editor
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