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Number 279, July 11, 2004

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Golly! Time shore does fly when you're having fun. I really need to read-up on the meaning of "fun" I guess. Here's issue 279 of TLE, our Special Independence Day Issue. No, I don't understand it either. Please set your browser's default font to "Baskerville" for a pleasant reading experience. Or not. Up to you.

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Letters to the Editor
Letters from L. Neil Smith, Ron Beatty, Gary Bradley, Caleb Paul, George Phillies, and Stephen P. Gordon

A Survey of History, Part III
by Ron Beatty
In the first two articles of this series, we discussed the history of undeclared wars in US history and also discussed whether we actually do live in a free country. Now, I realize that to many libertarians, these are relatively well-known and well-worn paths to take. However, we need to share these facts with the non-libertarians out there, too, which is why I am writing these articles.

What Happened While I Was Gone?
by Caleb Paul
I recently returned to Australia for six months after having spent two years living in various countries in Europe. In the story I am about to tell, I certainly stuck my neck out, but the whole experience left me wondering just what's happened to this place since I left.

Political Matters
by Lady Liberty
This past week, I traveled back home for a family event. As most of you know, I decline to fly (and will continue to do so as long as needlessly invasive security measures remain in place). That means I spent two very long days behind the wheel of a rental car with little to do but endure traffic jams on my way through several large cities and listen to the radio.

The Libertarian Lessons of Fahrenheit 9/11
by Jonathan David Morris
To the untrained eye, it would appear Michael Moore's latest documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, is the cinematic equivalent of an ad for John Kerry. Indeed, as the film unfolds, Moore makes connections between the Bush and Bin Laden families, Big Oil, the Saudis, etc., explaining who stood to profit from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while stopping just short of calling it a conspiracy. And it would seem, then, that the only thing missing here is a shot of the Massachusetts senator saying, "I'm John Kerry, and I approved this message," as the credits roll.

Et Cetera
by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles
To my previous column on Courage, add Mr Frank Serpico. He's truly an American hero. Just type his name into Google and see what he's (still!) up to these days.

Utah's Parent Czar
by Wendy McElroy
Alicia Davis may be America's first state-funded defense attorney for parents accused of abuse by the same state's own child protective services. She assumes office this week as Utah's director of the Office of Child Welfare Parental Defense.

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