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Number 252, December 21, 2003

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Letters to the Editor
by Our Readers
Letters from Frank Ney, Ron Beatty, and Kent McManigal:

"Yes, Virginia, There IS Individual Liberty"
by William Stone, III
[This essay is Bill's annual "Christmas column," written in December of 2001, and published in TLE 151, reprinted in 2002 in TLE 204, and here it is again! Bill will return with new material next week, in which he will lay out a libertarian "road map" for the future of Iraq.]

Is Our Government Destroying Our Country?
by Ron Beatty
At first glance, this may seem like a silly question. After all, how could our government destroy our country? Well, let's just take a look.

History Lessons
by Lady Liberty
Tom Cruise's latest movie effort was released on December 5. In The Last Samurai, he plays a Civil War hero whose military career later came to involve incidents that sicken him. Largely in desperation, he accepts a job with the Japanese government to train its army in the use of western weapons. After being captured by the enemy—a group of samurai warriors—Cruise's character learns something about a willingness to live and to die with honor, and that lesson changes everything for him. In "bushido"—the "way of the warrior"—he finds his own way.

gay liberal republican
by Lehr Duquesne
You bet I am, and I don't mind if everyone knows it. I always have been, as far back as I can remember. I know many of my friends think I'm a little odd sometimes, but it doesn't trouble me in the least. I am grateful to Merriam-Webster's on-line dictionary ( for providing the essence of the following descriptions of my personal and political philosophy.

Democracy, the First Choice
by Raymond Obrigewitsch
Right wing socialists put the rich on welfare and cause recessions, depressions and wars. They live off the backs of people like you and me, the producers of wealth on this planet. They misuse government to redistribute the wealth of the nation into the hands of a small minority of their supporters who helped them get into power. They also grow communism like a lazy, mangy dog grows fleas on its back.

The Conservative Cookie Rebellion
by Wendy McElroy
Want to buy a cookie? If you are a white male, that'll be $1; for white females, 75 cents; blacks, 25 cents. The price structure is the message. Through Affirmative Action (AA) Bake Sales, conservative groups on campuses across America are satirically and peacefully spotlighting the injustice of AA programs that penalize or benefit students based solely on gender and race. The cookie rebels are being slammed by such a backlash that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) -- dreaded by many university administrators -- just shot "an opening salvo" in the rebels' defense.

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