L. Neil Smith's
Number 277, June 27, 2004

"...the traffic jam at the spaceport..."

The Kaptain's Log
"Quote, Unquote"

by Manuel Miles, aka Kapt Kanada

Exclusive to TLE

It may well be that I have finally said all that I have to say. I hesitate to publish this conclusion lest my legions of critics keep their neighbours awake all night from the sound of their partying. Recently, however, I find that I am repeating myself (or did I mention that already?) and fear that I may become like the Firesign Theatre's fabled ode to government, the Department of Redundancy Dept. So, this week, at least, I shall inspire my loyal readership with the words of other, more articulate observers of the human race.

The following are quotations I have gathered from reading both online and off. The great thing about believers in Liberty is that they can speak for themselves:

"The guilds of the Northmen were brought about not by coercion but by an awareness that a freely-given allegiance to a group will give that group coherence and strength."
The Vikings by Peter Brent

"In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance."
—Thomas Jefferson

"Persuasion, not coercion!"
—Author unknown

"The pride of nationalism... trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies... proclaims itself to be, 'the greatest,' but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is."
—Sidney J. Harris

"If the government can take a man's money without his consent, there is no limit to the additional tyranny that it may practise upon him; for, with his money, it can hire soldiers to stand over him, keep him in subjection, plunder him at discretion, and kill him if he resists."
—Lysander Spooner

"We [the Beatles] said that... the government doesn't own you."
—George Harrison

"Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."
—Benjamin Franklin

"...stealing does not only violate religious doctrine; it violates basic human rights. So does abortion."
—Fr Frank Pavone

""What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage."
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

" Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it."
—Malcolm X

"To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."
—Michael Rivero

"In 1960, when I came out of prison, as an ex-convict I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available to an average citizen in America right now... God almighty, what have we done to each other?"
—country music singer Merle Haggard

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, protect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purposes in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
—the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh

"Peace and Liberty."
—Kapt Kanada

Hope, by Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith

Publication date: August 2001 from Mazel Freedom Press, Inc.; distributed by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc., PO Box 270143, Hartford, WI 53027.

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