Reviewed: The Terror of Constantinople
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The Terror of Constantinople
a novel by Richard Blake

Reviewed by L. Neil Smith
In this second of what will eventually be three novels narrated by Aelric, a young British "barbarian" and witness to a rapidly decaying classical world, Richard Blake takes us from the dilapidated Rome of his first book, Conspiracies of Rome, to the second seat of Roman power, originally known as Byzantium, renamed Constantinople when attempts were made to transform it into the center of all Christendom. Of course it was destined, eventually, to become the Moslem city, Istanbul.

Inflation Gets Frothy
by Jim Davidson
Today I went to get gasoline. Now, I drive one of those little foreign cars which gets good gas mileage, and I've been way to poor to try to visit any prospective investors or freedom network events. So it turns out that the last time I got gasoline, at the same store, was one month ago. The price then was $1.899 and the price today was $2.299.

A Pain in the Colin
by L. Neil Smith
[Author's note: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This essay was originally published almost fourteen years ago, in the very first issue of The Libertarian Enterprise. I apologize for some of the more esoteric references here and refer you to Wikipedia where necessary.] The cover's finally off the dish, my friends, and it ain't gonna be no "Happy Meal".

Beware of Luo Bearing Gifts
by A.X. Perez
Barack Obama is beginning to worry me on the issue of gun control. First he repudiates his Attorney General and Secretary of State on using the trouble in Mexico as a pretext for reimposing the "Ugly Gun Ban." Then he goes along with an amendment to The Credit Card Reform Act (or whatever it's properly called) to allow persons licensed under local and state laws to carry concealed handguns in national parks. Want to bet that any treaties he negotiates to control the "illicit gun trade" will be carefully written to protect the interests of firearms enthusiasts in the US, to include handloaders and Hillary be damned?

What is the Ruling Class?
by Sean Gabb
Libertarians often define a ruling class as that group of politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, businessmen, therapists, educators and media people who derive income and position from the State. By definition, so far as such people operate as members of a ruling class, they are parasitic on the efforts of ordinary people. Their position comes from forcing others to act as they would not freely choose, or by excluding them from activities they might freely choose. Their income is based on forced transfers of wealth.

The Good Fight
by Jim Duensing
Our first Kenyan born "President" was in Sin City on Tuesday trying to drum up support for a Democratic candidate who stood smiling right behind George W. Bush as he signed the Patriot Act into law and who voted for the Bush / Cheney War in Iraq.

Welcome to 2015
A short story

by Anonymous
As soon as he answered the door he knew his luck had run out. The Man in the business suit and his five uniformed companions could only be revenuers. Indeed, the suit handed Gerald Kahr an official looking piece of paper with the words, "Order to Seize Property" printed at the top.

The Source of the Human Problem and Why the Constitution Has Failed
by Rocky Frisco
After recently reading "Political Ponerology" by Andrew Lobaczewsky, I have come up with a theory of why the Constitution has failed us and where most of our modern human problems come from. After reading Lobaczewsky's book, I went out online and spent hundreds of hours reading up on psychopaths, their tendencies and behavior patterns and the effects they have on the rest of the population. Every human population includes around 5% male psychopaths and around 1% female psychopaths. Although they represent a very small portion of the living humans, they have a radically disproportionate effect on us all. Here is my theory why this is true:

The Torture Debate: Government's Sleight-Of-Hand
by Russell D. Longcore
The torture debate may be a classic example of the old magician's "sleight of hand" routine. Watch what I'm doing over here in my right hand, while the actual trick is happening in my left.

Still Reacting
by A.X. Perez
We are still reacting to 9/11. Apologists for the last reign, er, administration, justify W's behavior as a reaction to 9/11. The current bosses are basing their much of their foreign policy on fence mending international relations damaged by the Bush administration's reaction to 9/11. Please note that the only real policy in the war on terror change has been the renunciation of torture as part of US intel gathering doctrine.

Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
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