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Number 344, November 6, 2005

"It's the American thing to do."

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Hello Everybody! Welcome to the Three Hundred Forty-Forth Issue of The Libertarian Enterprise—our answer to the question: "Why should I get out of bed today?"

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Letters to the Editor
from Scott Bieser and E.J. Totty

There is No "Joe Sixpack"
by L. Neil Smith
A few weeks ago, on one of the Internet mailing lists where I hang out, another correspondent was holding forth on what he believed was needed for libertarians to get their message out to someone he called "Joe Sixpack".

America's First Female President
by Jonathan David Morris
For many years, Americans have wondered what it would be like to have a female president. This fall, ABC decided to answer that question by installing Geena Davis in the White House as President Mackenzie Allen in the new fall drama, Commander In Chief. Ostensibly, this is a show that's supposed to make women feel good about themselves. Moreover, it's a show that's supposed to let working moms know they can do anything if they put their minds to it—even if it means balancing national security, a relentless press, and cunning political opponents with having a husband and kids. Basically, it's the same fairytale they've been drilling into schoolchildren's heads for decades—the one that says if you turn in your homework, brush your teeth, and go to bed when you're told to, even you can become president some day. Only in this fairytale, the hero isn't a prince. She's a princess. And in the end, she becomes the queen.

Texas and Proposition 2: Cowardly Heterosexual Fascists
by Alan R. Weiss
Realize that "gay marriage" has been occuring for a very long time. Two gays who live together often consider themselves married, and act like. Now, they'd like the rest of society to recognize it, and not penalize them for their choice. Sounds pretty American to me, doesn't it?

The Defense of Marriage
by L. Neil Smith
Next July, my wife and I will have been married for twenty-three years.

Preserving Culture, or Curtailing Freedom?
by Wendy McElroy
On Oct. 20, by a vote of 148 to 2, the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) approved the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (preliminary draft).

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