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Number 508, March 1, 2009
"The one hope we have is to aggressively reassert
the libertarian principles that propelled the American
Revolution and turned the world upside down."

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Luxembourg's Insult to Americas
Luxembourg's Insult to Americans in front of the UN Building



In the first Letter to the Editor in this issue, L. Neil Smith points to a horrifying video about the United Nations' "Agenda 21". This is a plan to turn the world into a totalitarian beehive. For our own good, of course. Of course! For this reason, as well as that insult in front of the UN Building in New York, it is time to run the UN out of the country. You'll be hearing a lot about this as time goes by. The video is imbedded in the Letters page, or you can jump right to it.

El Neil has been on fire the last week, turning out three (count 'em, three) articles for this issue. Gnarly!

In other news, we're been having glorious Globular Warming up here in the mountains, not even falling below freezing on many nights. Well golly!

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Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith, Rex May, Jim Davidson, Paul Bonneau, Sean Clifton, and A.X. Perez

Rocky Mountain News: Not R.I.P., Good Riddance
by L. Neil Smith
Like many another "great" American newspaper, Denver's Rocky Mountain News, founded just before the War Between the States, is going out of business. Friday, February 27, 2009 was its final day of publication.

In Defense of Capitalism
by Sean Gangol
Thanks to America's financial crisis, the economic system known as capitalism has found itself under fire by statists, leftists, socialists, and just about any other group that doesn't understand basic economics. Ever since the beginning of this financial crisis, the people who oppose capitalism have gloated about how free markets don't work. These people also go on to tell us how libertarianism is a discredited ideology. Sadly, most of these people don't even know what they are talking about.

A Little Austrian Flea
by L. Neil Smith
To tell the truth, I'm getting very tired of writing about economics. I'm not really interested in it, compared to other things I am interested in, and compared to them, I don't know much about it. In perfect honesty, I slept through most of my initial college economics classes, which were held as early in the morning as possible, boringly recorded on videotape, and inflicted on huge auditoria full of dozing students over TV monitors mounted in strategic places around the room. I remember much more vividly various sprightly selections from Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass that they played before and after each presentation.

Assault Weapons Ban—Wrong Again
by Jim Davidson
The assault weapons ban of 1994 was wrong. It was a bad law. It infringed the right to keep and bear arms. It also made idiotic and ridiculous distinctions amongst items of ordinary sheet metal and plastic. The world was a slightly better place when it expired in 2004—in spite of ignoramus tyrant George W. Bush's promise to sign into law an extension if Congress would only pass one.

The Whining Right
by L. Neil Smith
I've told the story before, of one of Hollywood's most celebrated producer-directors, a character who leans as far to the left as anyone can without falling out of his limousine, a Great Man who distorts and omits truth in his big-budget movies in order to advance the socialist agenda. Despite all of this (and much, much more), the Great Man is said to possess an enormous collection of weapons—notably "black" or "ugly" guns of the kind he and his ilk call "assault rifles" (and I've been urging gun folks to call "sport-utility rifles")—that he enjoys showing off from time to time in a setting to rival Charleton Heston's fabled gun room. The person this story comes from asked the famous man, "Aren't these the very guns you say you want to pass laws against?" "Those laws," the Great Man replied, "are for them." Meaning you and me, the lowly peasantry—and, incidentally, his customers. The Great Man gets to keep his weapons, whereas for us, let the genocide commence.

Just a Few Thoughts on Fixing the Economy
by A.X. Perez
A recent article on MSN Money reported that fears that President Obama might enact anti gun laws and policies have spurred gun sales so much that gun company stocks have risen up to 56% while the Standard and Poor average has dropped 2%. This leads to an intriguing plan to break the recession/depression: Keep rumors of gun control legislation floating, never actually pass any and let gun sales help restart the economy.

The Lessons of 1722
by Jim Davidson
It was a long time ago in a Europe which survives mostly in dusty history books, a few novels of the era, and the occasional historical novel about that period. So, what could we possibly learn from AD 1722 that would be applicable today? In many ways, it was a time much like our own. The size of the world had greatly expanded a few hundred years earlier with the discovery of what proved to be two new large continents in the Western Hemisphere. Technologies like the steam engine were being developed to advance rapidly the industrial revolution. Political thought had been advanced by minds like John Locke and science by minds like Isaac Newton. Mercantilism was still a favorite economic policy, and wars were a big enterprise for making money. Politics was easily as corrupt as it is today.

Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 13 of a weekly cartoon series.

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Tom Paine Maru

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The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
The Last
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Roswell, Texas

by L. Neil Smith and Rex F. May
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Colored by Jen Zach
Published by Bighead Press, 2008
The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel

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

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