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Number 480, August 10, 2008
"And that's why we like guns."

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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 Carl Bussjaeger, A.X. Perez, Al Newberry, Alan R. Weiss, Paul Bonneau, and John Higgins

Mars Needs Saloons!
by L. Neil Smith
It says here—according to Reuters by way of the Associated Press and America On Line—that "Mars could resemble the lawless Wild West if privately funded adventurers seeking to exploit the planet get there before governments, a leading British astronomer said Wednesday".

The Liberty Plan
by John Higgins
Right from the beginning, let me state that this article has little in the way of answers, but a whole lot in the way of questions.

Hassled for Carrying a Gun by Powell Police
by Fran Tully
A friend was visiting me from out of town. His concealed weapons permit did not have reciprocity with WYO, so he was open carrying. I was carrying concealed - though on several trips to Powell in the past, I have chosen to open carry.

The First Freedom
by A.X. Perez
A lot of people in the freedom movement seem to obsess about guns. I know you could accuse me of this (which is ridiculous, my true obsession is knives. I've got more chores to do that need knives to complete rather than guns.).

The Rage Against Self-Defense
by Sean Gangol
Recently in Houston Texas, a man named Joe Horn was found not guilty by a grand jury for the shooting deaths of two burglars. The incident happened back in November of 2007 when two men were in the process of a robbing a house across the street from Horn. The attempted robbery occurred during the day, while the neighbors were at work. When Horn realized what was going on he called 911. Even though he was advised by the operator not to go outside, he grabbed his shot gun and went outside to get a better look at the men.

The Need to Abolish Mandatory Schooling
by Punkerslut
Some people are under the impression that brilliant minds will always supercede the potential of their institutionalized learning environments, causing them serious conflicts. Few will doubt that brilliant minds find intellectual constriction in all universities and mandatory schooling. A genius cannot bear the pain of others fumbling with a simple subject. I doubt this theory; rather, I believe that strict and required schooling sterilizes the potential for brilliance in our young. Those who survived schooling and continued to think were only the strongest of the will and the greatest of heart. All children at their start are tumultuous, curious, and highly experimental. This spirit can only die if it is forced into school. Mandatory schooling has never consisted of anything but the memorization of monotonous and dead facts, with training to master repetitious behavior. For the greater part of their day, the words of children's lips must match the interests of their school teachers. Their behavior must coincide with a set policy and a set regulation. They cannot use the bathrooms without permission. If they wish to speak, they must raise their hands; talking in order to speak is restricted only to the class of adults. After every half hour or every hour, a bell rings and everyone must move. There is no point in the day where anyone asks the child: What are you thinking? What are your worries? What are your plans? This daily grind becomes a ritual for the child. It becomes the plot background for their television shows and books, the ideology that is taught to them by teacher and parent alike, and finally, it becomes the verses for their prayers. An entire mono-culture is developed, entirely directed at convincing children that submitting to their authority is for their own best interest. "Believe us and support us... All of the good things you have today are because of us. Believe that." Mandatory schooling is the closest ally of oligarchy and oppression.

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The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
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The Probability Broach:
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by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Bighead Press, 2004

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