Making It Up As They Go Along ...

L. Neil Smith's
The Libertarian Enterprise

"Got Liberty?"
by Kent Van Cleave
Welcome to Homeland Security

Number 224, May 18, 2003


Letters To The Editor
Letters from Mike Straw, Dennis Baron, Jeff Fisher, Frank Ney, Jeffry R. Fisher again, and Rick Tompkins:

Statists To Libertarians: "You Can't Win!"
by Tim Condon
The taunt goes out, from sea to shining sea, reflecting off purple mountains' majesty, across amber waves of grain, throughout the home of the brave and the land of the free: "Give it up, suckers!" Forget about human freedoms that are guaranteed by our Constitution, bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers, they say. "You can't win!"

by William Stone, III
In my essay, "The Phantom Menace", I predicted that Saddam Hussein — and indeed, virtually all of the "terrorists" that government has paraded before us — would turn out to be absolutely no threat whatsoever. I pointed out that the FedGov's stated reasons for starting a war with Iraq were mutually exclusive.

by Chris Claypoole
One old saying has it that "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." Another is that "What you don't know can hurt you." In my estimation, certainly not original, it is what you think you know that is wrong that is most dangerous and harmful, both to you and to others. We've all done things that we look back upon and say, "if only I had known . . ." But we learn from our mistakes, mostly, because we do not wish to repeat the pain (of whatever sort) we experienced.

The Lessons To Be Learnt From Switzerland
by Manuel Miles, aka Kapt Kanada
The Swiss Confederation was born in 1291 when three adjacent valley communities gathered at the Rutli Meadow and swore to cooperatively defend themselves from the depredations of the surrounding national powers. The principles upon which they agreed were simple: non-interference in one another's internal affairs and mutual aid against all those who sought to interfere with any of the three allied cantons.

Cut Men: Do They Not Bleed?
by Wendy McElroy
Male bashing — the stereotyping of men as brutal, stupid, or otherwise objectionable — is commonplace. Our sons, husbands, fathers and men-friends are gleefully slandered because they are male. They are subjected to malicious jokes and attitudes that would be decried if directed at blacks, Hispanics, or women. The assault against men must stop. But how?

Making It Up As They Go Along ...
by Vin Suprynowicz
The New York Times fires a young reporter for lack of sophistication in manipulating the news. On May 11, The New York Times set aside an astonishing amount of space -- four full pages -- to launch what may turn out to be an extended nostra culpa on a one-man epidemic of "widespread fabrication and plagiarism represent(ing) a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the news newspaper."

From The Editor

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