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"That Guy Scares Me", by Tom Toles
(Thanks to Marc Brands Liberty for pointing us to this.)

Number 273, May 30, 2004

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."

—President George W. Bush, speaking at a Gridiron Club dinner, Washington, D.C., March 2001


In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
              in Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
              in Flanders fields.

Written by: Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918)

Having gotten the Traditional Memorial Day Poem out of the way, you notice this issue is—like I warned you last week—slightly late. The reason being to convey the results of Sunday's Libertarian Party Convention nominating shindig to a world waiting with ... you know, and a full essay by Our Publisher, Mr. L. Neil Smith.

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Letters to the Editor
Letters from Alan R. Weiss, EJ Totty, Carl Bussjaeger, Edward Nash Jr., Steve Seech, Larry, Jeff Williams, and Randall D. Langkraehr:

On Texas Libertarianism and Secession
by Alan R. Weiss
Now then—pull up a chair, young feller .... I'm fixin' to tell you why Texas secession is highly unlikely, a libertarian one even less so.

The Single Biggest Problem
by Ron Beatty
To me, it seems as if the single biggest problem in this country today, after government, is education. No longer are our children required to learn to think, but only to memorize, with the material to be memorized strictly controlled by teachers, school boards, and religious groups.

Molon Labe: The World's Most Authoritarian Freedom Book
by Debunker Hill
Molon Labe by Boston T. Party claims to be a novel about 40,000 libertarians moving to Wyoming and turning it into a free state. Don't believe that claim. "Molon Labe" isn't a novel and it isn't about 40,000 libertarians. It is actually about one surprising authoritarian—the author himself.

Two Reviews of Flight from Eden
by Ron Beatty and Ken Holder
I was just cruising through libertarian web-sites one day, and came across one hosted by Kathryn A. Graham. I looked through the site, and there were several short stories and a bunch of articles, some of which had appeared in TLE. I found that I enjoyed the stories and the articles, so I looked at the page which featured this book, Flight from Eden.

Poor Rev. Malthus; Still Wrong After All These Years
by Charles Stone, Jr.
In 1798, an English clergyman, Reverend Thomas R. Malthus issued his famous law of population. He warned that humanity's increasing fertility would soon outstrip the earth's capacity to provide sustenance. In an essay on the "Principle of Population," Malthus unveiled his projections on how populations would grow exponentially and asserted that "subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio." Thus, population would run itself out of room and resources unless action was taken.

Show and Tell Me Everything
by Lady Liberty
It likely comes as no real surprise to anybody that some of my friends consider me the "go to" person whenever some question of civil liberties arises. So when the phone rang last week and a friend told me he needed my opinion on a matter of rights, I was ready to tell him what I knew, or to steer him in the direction of an appropriate web site for more information. But every time I think I'm prepared, it turns out that the forces of authority have gone just a little further than I could have expected, and I must overcome my disgust just to deal with some matter that should never have become an issue in the first place.

The Kaptain's Log
Religious War in the 21st Century

by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles
"They are puritans, uncomfortable with suggestiveness in speech or dress. They are deeply suspicious of the corrupting influence of... [rock 'n' roll] music. They hate drugs. They believe in patriotism... They want to get tough on criminals, and have no problem with enforcing the death penalty. They see military service as the crowning glory of the individual's relationship with the state, and they believe that a country's leaders, from the schoolhouse to the very top, should be given respect and considerable leeway to carry out their responsibilities." That sounds like yet another article about the neocons of the Bush Imperium, but it's actually a quote from Brothers In Arms, by William Broyles, Jr, and he was writing of socialist Viet Nam ca 1985. I cite this description of an atheist regime to demonstrate my thesis that a religious war is being fought in the third Millennium between worshipers of the State and those who truly follow God. ["Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."—Matthew 10: 34]

Death by Theory?
by Wendy McElroy
The little boy Bruce Reimer was never had a chance. As an adult, he chose suicide on May 4th rather than live in unbearable torment. Underlying his death is a theory that still impacts little boys across North America: namely, that sexual identity comes from nurture not nature and, so, can be entirely determined by proper social conditioning.

Michael Badnarik: The LP Picks a Winner
by L. Neil Smith
It gives me more pleasure than I can possibly express to be able to announce—to the three or four cave-dwellers who haven't heard the news yet —that the Libertarian Party's nomination for President was won on the third ballot this past Sunday, May 30, 2004 by Michael Badnarik.

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