Three ads this week. We always have three ads.
Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith. Denis Foley, A.X. Perez, Neale Osborn,
Richard Bartucci, E.J. Totty, Sean Gabb, and Rex "Baloo" May
Toward a Police Reform Movement
An Excerpt from Down With Power
by L. Neil Smith
When you see three police cars pulled over at the side of a city
street to deal with a single miscreant bicycle rider, you realize that there are too
many cops. When all the heroes on television carry badges and a government franchise,
you know we're in real trouble as a culture.
What You Don't Know Is Killing Your Neighbours
by Jim Davidson
Economists know about a problem that you cannot solve. It is called
"the calculation problem." The reason you cannot solve this problem, calculating the market
clearing price of every good in the world on every market, is because you do not have the
necessary information. The nature of the calculation problem is that you cannot have
the information, because it isn't available. Market clearing prices are discovered by buyers
and sellers in free, unregulated markets, all the time, by the choices of those in the market.
by Madison MacBear
Ladies and Gentlemen, Sovereigns and Sentients, when I read
El Neil say in May 1st's TLE that "the only way to control the government
is to become the government," I reacted with a mixture or shock and horror. I
actually thought he was saying, "65 years have taught me" that we can't beat 'em,
so let's join 'em. But before we go off half-cocked, I must insist on a re-reading.
What he actually was saying was, I believe, the government cannot be brought to
heel by Tea Party rallies and letters to Congress. Attempting to "put the dog back
behind the same fence" he already jumped over won't work, because he'll just jump
out again. The government, by shedding even the legitimacy granted it by the
Federalist Constitution, has declared itself by its actions to be a gang of
criminal thugs. And though we would like to, we cannot deal with it as we would
with any smaller gang of criminal thugs.
Statement by the Libertarian Alliance
On the Demise of the Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom
by Sean Gabb
I am writing on behalf of the Libertarian Alliance and of its
Executive Committee, to express fraternal regrets at the demise, announced yesterday,
of the Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom. Several of our friends were involved
in the formation of the Libertarian Party, and we know that they worked hard to make
their party a success. We sympathise with their natural disappointment over the
failure of their efforts, but do urge them to form or to join other organisations,
and to continue putting the libertarian case.
Unless and Until
by A.X. Perez
Operation Gun Walker (AKA Gun Runner, AKA Fast and furious) is another
example of one of the most egregiously bad strategies used by Federal law enforcement. In
the Late Sixties Early Seventies I kept hearing of Agents Provocateur being used by
the FBI to bust both the KKK and antiwar groups. How reliable these stories are I can not
say. At least one bio of John DeLorean states that the reason he got into trouble over
smuggling cocaine is that the DEA set him up with the intention of forcing him to become
a snitch (interestingly, Mr. Delorean claimed he went along with the thing to get information
to turn in his recruiters to the DEA).
We Do Have A Right To Health Care
by Paul Bonneau
I was just listening to Tom Woods explaining why we don't have
a right to health care. Now I don't have a lot of use for the concept of rights,
but I will go along within this article just because everybody seems to speak
that language. Tom, you're wrong. You're just wrong.
The Kaptain's Log
by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles
I had to hold off writing this column until now, 6 p.m. of the 21st of
May, because some phony "preacher" in California (where else?) had predicted that "the Rapture"
would begin today with a series of massive calamities which would culminate in the divine
judgement of the living and the resurrected dead alike. As I live in an earthquake zone I
decided to take no chances and spent the day at home.
Barack Obama Wants Your Eyeballs
by L. Neil Smith
With only one or two exceptions, I've yet to meet a politician,
bureaucrat, or cop who doesn't hate, loathe, despise, and fear the Internet. And why
shouldn't they? It ought to be clear by now that the perfection of unsupervised and
uncensored horizontal communication between every individual in Americaor the
world, for that mattermeans the end of the Old Game and the beginning of a new
one that the politicians, bureaucrats, and cop don't know have a clue how to play.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 126
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 126 of a weekly cartoon series.
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
Planning for Your future, serf!