The Death of Hope

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Number 306, February 13, 2005

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"New Directions in Diplomacy"
by Jeff Danziger


This issue features an Editorial by Our Publisher, L. Neil Smith. He suggests you "clip" this piece and send it around, not only to your friends, but to every TV station you can. He says "I'm not proposing that anybody beg—we've done too much of that and been treated like dirt—just that we serve notice to TV that we're pissed." So off you go!

This issue's motto is for my sweetie, "Dangerous Pat", who married me on this day mumble mumble years ago. I love you!

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Editorial: The Death of Hope
by L. Neil Smith
Although I predicted last year that UPN would do its damnedest to kill off Star Trek: Enterprise, a series they renewed only under the immense, diamond-squeezing pressure that Star Trek fans have learned to apply to television networks over the past thirty-something years— moving Archer and his friends from Wednesday to Friday evening was a dead giveaway—I was caught by surprise by the curt announcement, immediately following this week's episode, that it would be among the last.

Letters to the Editor
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"Another One Bites the Dust"
by Alan R. Weiss
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Angela Keaton of The Liberated Space radio program (broadcast on KOOP-91.7 FM Austin). The topic: "Why Alan R. Weiss is dropping out of the Libertarian Party."

Plotting a Second TLE Revolution
by Dada Orwell
In July of 2001, Yale doctoral student Jason Sorens wrote an article for TLE that sparked a revolution in libertarian thought, more accurately a revolution in libertarian action. That revolution is the Free State Project, a movement aimed at recruiting 20,000 liberty lovers to New Hampshire for the purpose of downsizing government in one state. Events are now unfolding rapidly, with 6,300 pledged to move and at least 70 eager-beaver members already relocated and active here. But perhaps now is the time to spark yet another "TLE revolution," one I will happily credit to L. Neil Smith should it come to fruition.

Defeating the Republican Police State Mandate
by Sergei Borglum Hoff
Admittedly, I have a tendency to become a bit severe while addressing police state atrocities, life taking betrayals, apathy, and widespread ignorance. Though I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, I cannot find compelling reasons to retract even one castigating word. If, while in the defense of our founding principles and human rights I also manage to shame a few quasi and pseudo-patriots into defending the Constitution, an unpleasant yet needed victory will be declared. For possible consolation, any bruised egos may loosely relate such unflattering counsel to my expression of "Tough Love." We can no longer survive our national crisis with timid responses. Americans are now engaged in a civil war!

Three Cheers for Sir Paulie
by L. Neil Smith
My regular readers may recall a story I've told from time to time about a literary critic, several decades ago, who, at the mere mention of the illustrious works of Raymond Chandler, dismissed them with the words, "Oh, yes—homosexuals beating each other to death with coathangers".

Duke, Where's My Car?
by Jonathan David Morris
I have to admit the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard movie has a strong supporting cast. Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville will play the good old boys, Bo and Luke Duke. Willie Nelson will play Uncle Jesse. Burt Reynolds is the surprising—yet promising—choice for Boss Hogg. And, finally, Jessica Simpson will step off the set of her made-for-TV marriage and into some short shorts as the Pride of Hazzard County, Daisy Duke. Granted, most movies based on old shows pack as much punch as Newfound Glory singing Celine Dion—but, so far, this one's looking pretty good.

Don't Blame Me!
by Lady Liberty
It seems that everybody's looking for somebody to blame these days. In things large and small; all encompassing and personal; important and, well, laughable; the greatest effort is spent laying the problem at someone else's doorstep rather than actually figuring out how it is there's a problem in the first place. And then once fault has been set to somebody's satisfaction, somebody else will get sued instead of anybody bothering to see what it might take to actually fix the problem. It's important, of course, in this process that a few facts don't get in the way of any predetermination of blame, and that the whole story not be publicized when half of the story is more incendiary.

Inflation is Alive and Well
by Lex Concord
According to The Government's own Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation in the United States has been fairly mild in recent years. Not since 1990 has the official CPI number exceeded 4%. With a few notable exceptions like gasoline, medical care, and college tuition, consumers have seen only modest price increases for most purchases in the past decade. At first glance, it might appear that the Federal Reserve has been doing a good job managing the money supply, and resisting the temptation to inflate their currency. But perhaps we should take a closer look.

On Handcuffed and Felonious Children
by Wendy McElroy
What should have been a minor incident at an Ocala, Fla., elementary school has attracted national attention because of the school's response.

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