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CFR: Spreading the Wealth Around, and Other Ramblings on Empire

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Number 403, January 28, 2007

"Americans do not have a government suited to a free people."

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It is not snowing now. However, all the snow from last weekend is not yet melted, either. Next time I get old, please remind me to retire somewhere warm! (Yeah, right.) More snow on Tuesday, they say.

A word about the second letter in this week's "Letters to the Editor" page. In the words of Our Publisher El Neil Smith, "It's nasty." So if nasty racist stuff upsets you, just skip down to the following letter. Me, I thought it was strangely funny (in a nasty, disgusting way, mind you). What's this feller doing reading The Libertarian Enterprise, I wonder? Ah well, life is full of strange stuff—I'm sure you've noticed that.

Now for the obligatory beg-for-money—no issue would be complete without such. The reason being, of course, that You The Reader of this Reader- Supported Magazine are The One who enables us to pay most of our bills. I do hope that gives You The Reader a heady sense of accomplishment as you Assume this Grave Responsibility. A hearty "Thank YOU!" goes out to each and evey one of you. You're a great bunch of Readers, and we just appreciate the heck out of every one of you! So here's that donation link again:

And now, we present Issue Number 403 of our weekly magazine. Enjoy!

Ken Holder

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Letters to the Editor
from J.W. Dougherty, "Murphy", Andrew G. Eggleston Sr., Jane Cochran, Jim Davidson, and Mike Blessing

CFR: Spreading the Wealth Around, and Other Ramblings on Empire
by Alan R. Weiss
The internet truly amazes me, and never so much as when we find formerly dry, relatively obscure (and obscuring) power-elite organizations with websites and a public persona. Take, for example, the website of the Council on Foreign Relations . This old-line Rockefellian Anglo-American foreign policy establishment group used to be the whipping boy of the right wing conspiracy theorists.

Two Articles For the Price of One
by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.
Five teenage girls, in five separate cities, were "lured" from their homes and sexually assaulted. Somewhere, somehow, it has been inferred that someone using an online MySpace account "lured" the girls out of the safety of their homes.

American Idol Isn't Mean Enough
by Jonathan David Morris
I like how news shows are devoting serious time to the question of whether American Idol is "too mean" this year.

"Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Madness
by Doug Newman
When I was growing up somewhere in the swamps of Jersey, I had a friend who would sometimes ask the following when things were blown out of proportion: "Do you have to make a federal issue out of it?"

A Few Reasons to Own Guns
by Darian Worden
Less reliance on others for enjoying the right to life.

Speaking of Freedom. . .
by Lady Liberty
It never ceases to amaze me how many people will say one thing but do another. For politicians, of course, that's almost a job requirement. More and more often these days, the same seems to be true of certain religious leaders. Unfortunately, though we typically condemn these people for their hypocrisy, we are ever more frequently engaging in some harmful double standards of our own. The case in point: Freedom of speech and religion, something long cherished by most Americans, is becoming ever more endangered, sadly with the all too enthusiastic backing of the much- touted majority.

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