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L. Neil Smith's
Number 382, August 27, 2006

"Government is not the way to get things done."

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This issue has been delayed a bit to cover some breaking news about Libertarian Party candidates advocating non-libertarian policy—something we principled, radical, mouth-foaming real libertarians have to put our damned foots down about. So we are.

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Letters to the Editor
from Thomas L. Knapp, E.J. Totty, Dennis Wilson, Linda Cirincione, Curt Howland, G. Bossel, L. Neil Smith, Jim Davidson, and Doug Newman

Go To Your Room, Take a Pill
by L. Neil Smith
How interesting! It would appear somehow that a Libertarian Party candidate should be above criticism, at least that's what some people think.

Isosceles and Physics and Weaver, Oh My!
by Michael Bradshaw
Back in April a lady named Kirstin posted the following question on the Claire Files Forum and I decided to help her out:

Why Desk Jobs Are (Mildly) Better Than School
by Jonathan David Morris
One of my editors asked me to write a back-to-school column this week. This assignment is difficult for two important reasons:

Love of Money
by Chris Claypoole
Once again, we have an object example of the fact that government is not the way to get things done. It seems that the rebuilding of the New Orleans area since Hurricane Katrina hit a year ago has barely begun. There is plenty of money being offered by the federal government, but the amount of red tape involved in getting that money is holding things up. Adding to that delay is the presumed incompetence of the government bureaucrats in New Orleans in providing plans and paperwork to the feds that show adequate safeguards on how any money granted to them for a particular project will be used, as opposed to wasted and/or stolen. A decent story on this topic can be found at. . . .

Practical Action for Defeating REAL ID
by Robert F. Hawes Jr.
Those of you who are as concerned as I am about the arrival of REAL ID may be wondering if the program can be defeated, or if we're going to be forced to watch our country descend yet another level into the police state hell toward which George W. Bush and his GOP allies seem to be so gleefully driving us.

Ready, Set. . .
by Lady Liberty
They (whoever "they" might be) say that things happen in threes. Whether or not they do—or we simply re-set our counters when we get to three—is immaterial to the fact that three things came to my attention in the past few (dare I say three?) days.

Unlibertarian Thinking
by Alex McConnell
Trying to explain libertarianism to leftists is often frustrating and complicated. Rightists seem to understand it fine (and strongly disagree of course), but leftists generally fail to grasp the core concepts entirely. Because of this, leftists have a tendency to attack "the ends" of libertarian views without understanding "the why" of those views. This often forces libertarians into justifying their positions based on the ends. Libertarianism isn't about the ends though really, it's about the why.

Control-Freak News
Week of 006-08-18

by E.J. Totty
When anyone in public office, dares to presume that civil liberties protected in an earlier age will become not much more than a passing interest?

'Take Back the Night' for Men as Well
by Wendy McElroy
Every year, campuses and cities across North America hold "Take Back the Night"—marches and rallies to protest violence against women. But surprising data suggests that men may need to reclaim 'the night' as urgently as women. On Aug. 10, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the results of its first national Personal Safety Survey (PSS, 2005). It is the only national survey by a 'Western' country that analyzes a wide range of violence on the basis of a respondent's sex.

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