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L. Neil Smith's
Number 630, July 31, 2011

"These are the times that try men's souls"

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Letter from Bill St. Clair

Momma Liberty (a.k.a. Susan Callaway)

Letter from L. Neil Smith

The back-and-forth between DataPacRac and Paul Bonneau in issue #629 elicted this:

Attempting to use a metric to measure the utility of state action is absurd. Yes, people assign numbers to things they care about, but each of us measures what's important differently. As Mr. Bonneau elucidated, even "lifetime discretionary income" isn't an agreed upon metric. Some things, e.g. liberty, are more important to some people. Bottom line: only the individual actors in each individual transaction are in a place to decide whether that transaction is beneficial to them. Transactions that benefit both parties will be completed. Those that don't won't. Nobody in the city, county, state, or federal government has enough information to do ANYTHING that will benefit anybody but themselves and their buddies. So that's exactly what they do. And why I don't want their decisions to have any effect whatsoever on mine.

Bill St. Clair

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Re: "Telecom: From Monopoly to Portability" by Afrikanus Kofi Akosah Adusei

Dear Ken and Neil,

Thank you so much for publishing this article. Kofi is a dear friend, a young man who represents the best hope for a free and prosperous Africa... indeed, the world.

MamaLiberty a.k.a. Susan Callaway

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Comment on Contacting our "Representatives"

Politicians are mostly ignorant cowards who slink and slither in wherever direction they imagine the wind is blowing. I've heard two of them say independently that they've decided how to vote on the basis of as few as half a dozen letters.

Which means, conceivably, that fewer than 6500 people could change the course of history if they could find some spine, guts, and balls to undertake a grownup effort instead of whining that it's too hard, like little babies.

Things don't have to be this way. The badguys depend on our timidity, laziness, and inertia.

L. Neil Smith

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