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Number 479, August 3, 2008
"If it weren't for those of us who insist on
the perfect, there'd never be any good."

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See also: What Part of "One Dollar Gas" Did You Fail to Understand? by L. Neil Smith




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Letters to the Editor
from Robert Jackman, Jim Davidson, A.X. Perez, Jim B., and Curt Howland

Letters We Get, Already
by L. Neil Smith
As many of my readers are aware, I write a lot of articles for a civil rights organization called Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. I do this not because I'm Jewish (I'm not—you don't have to be to join JPFO), but because JPFO takes the most principled stance on Second Amendment issues of any gun group today, and because its founder, Aaron Zelman, may be the bravest, most decent man I've ever known.

An Homage to Vince Miller
by Vince himself and his friend Christian Butterbach
The trouble with you is that you pick friends and benefactors who die all the time (a little dark comic relief).

Funeral for the Libertarian Party
by Kat Kanning
The selection of Bob Barr as the Libertarian Party candidate heralded the end of a bad idea—the attempt to make a political party out of a philosophy of non-aggression. At the core of the libertarian philosophy is the idea that one should not initiate force against others and that the free market (voluntary arrangements between individuals) is the best way for people to interact. Statism is the opposite of this philosophy—the state by its very nature is force. What is law without the threat of force behind it? The state is notorious for interfering with the free market, also. The LP platform still states, "As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others." How is the idea of individuals who are sovereign over their own lives ever compatible with with the idea of a state, which by definition requires the use of force over individuals?

Thoughts on "An Airweight for Airheads"
by A.X. Perez
Recently (July 29th, 2008) Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (jpfo.org) published an article by L. Neil Smith titled "Popgun Parade" regarding the Heller decision. (go to the JPFO website, read their article entitled " An Airweight for Airheads" which has a link to Mr. Smith's article and follow that link.)

The Lesser of Two Evils
by Sean Gangol
When I first started writing this article, it was the beginning of January and Ron Paul was still running in the primaries. Unfortunately, I never got to finish the article because I was attending college and I had four classes that were writing intensive. This article was originally going to be about Libertarians who refused to support Ron Paul. When I started the article, I wrote harshly of those who didn't warm up to the congressman from Texas. Now it seems like a mute point.

And now, back to the good war...
by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles
Well, now that "the surge" has temporarily succeeded in Iraq, largely by the massive bribing of myriad militias (who will use the payoffs to buy newer and better armaments for the inevitable next round of fighting), it's time to try to put the Afghan genie back into its bottle. Of course, as every student of history knows, the empire is just going to charge a bit deeper into the quicksand.

Roswell Texas
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The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
The Last
of Klepton

The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel

by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Bighead Press, 2004


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