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Number 633, August 21, 2011

"Country folks are different than city folks."

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Letter from Abdul Alhazred

Letter from A.X. Perez

Letter from Charles Heller forwarded by L. Neil Smith

Letter from Sean Gabb

From the Author of the Necronomicon

I know this appears counter intuitive to anti-tax ideals. However, if you think about it....

A plan to end deficit spending. Pass an Amendment to the Constitution requiring that a head tax equal to 100% of the deficit be levied on top of all other taxes whenever Congress runs a deficit. For example, this year it would be between $4500.00 and five grand even. A person, even if you're on welfare, newborns and great grandmas. A person, A family of four would pay $20,000.00 plus the rest of their taxes.

I expect that the first year there was a deficit there would also be a lot of special elections. I also suspect the majority of the next Congress would be freshmen.

The current system rewards deficit spending (it's called rent paying, Congressmen get reelected for spending more money than they collect in taxes). The goal of this proposal of course is not to raise taxes but to penalize those who do by putting them in a situation that will get them lynched.

Abdul Alhazred

Note to CongressCritters

The following has been sent to my representative and senators:

Because of the endangerment of the lives of people in El Paso and the alleged involvement of the CIA in arming the Zetas and later the Sinaloa Cartel I can not vote for a candidate in 2012 either in the primary or general election who was not seeking the dismissal from office and /or criminal prosecution of all cabinet members and agency directors who took part in Operation Fast and Furious.

Feel free to rewrite to suit you circumstances and forward to all persons running for Federal election you can reach if you are so inclined.

A.X. Perez

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Spanish As A Second Language

There may be those among you who support including Spanish in our national language. I for one am 110% against this! We must preserve the exclusivity and above all, the purity of the English language.

To all the shlemiels, shlemazels, nebbishes, nudniks, klutzes, putzes, shlubs, shmoes, shmucks, nogoodniks and momzers that are out there pushing Spanish, I just want to say that I, for one, believe that English and only English deserves linguistic prominence in our American culture.

To tell the truth, it makes me so farklempt, I'm fit to plotz. This whole Spanish schmeer gets me broyges, specially when I hear these erstwhile mavens and luftmenschen kvetching about needing to learn Spanish. What chutzpah!

These shmegeges can tout their shlock about the cultural and linguistic diversity of our country, but I, for one, am not buying their shtick. It's all so much dreck, as far as I'm concerned. I exhort you all to be menschen about this and stand up to their fardrayte arguments and meshugganah, farshtunkene assertions.It wouldn't be kosher to do anything else.

Remember, when all is said and done, we have English and they've got bubkes! The whole myseh is a pain in my tuchas!

Charles Heller

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New book from Sean Gabb

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Literary Essays
by Sean Gabb
The Hampden Press
London, August 2011
ISBN: 978 1 4478 1728 4
£9.99 (hard copy)
(£2.02 (Kindle)

Why bother learning Latin? How did the Romans pronounce Greek? Should the Elgin Marbles be handed over to the Modern Greeks? Did the ancients have market economies? Should Epicurus be venerated above Plato and Aristotle? Why is Carol Ann Duffy not even a bad poet? What makes Macaulay a great historian and L. Neil Smith a great science fiction novelist? Why is The Daily Mail—easily the best newspaper in England—not fit for wrapping fish and chips?

Sean Gabb deals with these and other issues in this collection of essays. Lively and provocative, they are written for every lover of ancient or modern literature.

Pre-publication comments on this book:

"A brightly shining exception to the observations of Lord Acton, Sean is not just a great man, he is a good man. If there were a thousand of him, even a hundred, we could have a decent, livable society tomorrow. We probably will, in the end, and when we do, a very large part of that victory will be his own to claim."
—L. Neil Smith, best-selling author of The Probability Broach and 30 other novels.

"Libertarians have sound ideas but are not always great writers, and are not usually authorities on literature and literary matters. Rarer still is the literary essayist who is not confused or ignorant about politics and economics. It is thus refreshing to encounter Sean Gabb's literary writing. A long-time libertarian activist and writer who is also a superb novelist and literary essayist, an honest and clear writer, he is our modern libertarian man of letters. This splendid and sparkling collection of essays provides fascinating insights into literature and other literary topics, without the typical leftist baggage and economic illiteracy."
—Stephan Kinsella, Editor, Libertarian Papers; Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Sean Gabb is a writer and broadcaster whose books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Chinese. He is also Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

Cover: Portrait of Artemidorus, a Græco-Egyptian youth who may have been knocked on the head around 120 AD, and whose mummy is now in the British Museum.

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Sean Gabb
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Tel: 07956 472 199
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Postal Address: Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, London W1J 6HL, England

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What would England and the world have been like in 1959 if there had been no Second World War? For one possible answer, read Sean Gabb's new novel The Churchill Memorandum. If you like Bulldog Drummond and Biggles and the early James Bond, this will be right up your street:

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