white dot
(The Feature Article)

by Thomas Paine

December 19, 1776 & December 18, 2011

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. [Congress], with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

* * *

I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the [Congress] can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.

Edited in two places (marked by "[" and "]" )to replace references to Great Britain by reference to Congress.—Editor

L. Neil Smith's
The Libertarian Enterprise

Bookmark and Share

Now In Our 16th Year Online

A Reader Supported Web Magazine
Who is a libertarian?
Receive an e-mail when this page changes

Number 649, December 18, 2011
"Congress has declared war upon the American people."

Flag of the Banana States of American
Flag of the Banana States of American
Please spread widely




Elsewhere in the present issue of L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise, I discuss (if that's the word for it) the treacherous and predictably bi-partisan passage by Congress—on Bill of Rights Day—of the vile and blatantly illegal "National Defense Authorization Act". To say that I do not think highly of anybody who voted for the thing (or anybody who abstained from voting; are you listening, Ron Paul?) is the most massively restrained understatement I am capable of making.

We will be suggesting measures to be taken against what amounts to the worst assault on America since Pearl Harbor or the World Trade Center.

For now, we will pursue the following practice, and suggest you do the same (fair warning—we will edit contributions accordingly): when discussing individual Democratic Senators and Congressmen who voted for the NDAA, we will append to their names the epithet (DT-X), the X standing for their state, and the T standing for "traitor". Republicans who voted for the NDAA will similarly be labeled (RT-X). Those who abstained will be (DC-X) and RC-X), the C standing for "coward". [I would prefer "Mother-fucking Traitor" and "Mother-fucking Coward" myself, but I'm an uncouth country bumpkin kind of feller—Editor]

It may not be much, but, as somebody said, "All that's necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Or, I would add, to hide under their beds having failed to vote against the end of America.

But then, those wouldn't be good men, would they?

In fact, they wouldn't be men at all.

L. Neil Smith
Publisher and Senior Columnist
L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise


Remember, the Purpose of The American Revolution was to elevate the individual to the highest political level, and to make the government a minor subservient function. Anyone who says otherwise is a fookin' liar. And that's the truth.

In Other news:

Sweeter Than Wine has been nominated for a Prometheus Award.

Down With Power will be in print and on Kindle and other such on January 20, 2012.

NEXT ISSUE: Our normal practice is to take the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's off. However this year those days are on Sunday. Considering the current War Against the American People as declared by the Government of the United States of America, we may well publish on these two holidays if circumstance requires.

L. Neil Smith's new novel Sweeter Than Wine is out:
Amazon.com Dead Tree
Amazon.com Kindle
Barnes & Noble Dead Tree or Nook

Don't have a Nook? Click: buy at BarnesandNoble.com

Don't have a Kindle? Click: buy at Amazon.com

Get your very own Come Back with a Warrant doormat from Amazon.com. Two styles to choose from! Just click on the one you want:

doormat doormat

Down With Power—a handbook & guide for libertarian/tea-partian action—has been sent off to the publisher. It is also on the web at down-with-power.com (a.k.a. "L. Neil Smith's Little Gold Book")

The graphical novel Phoebus Krumm by L. Neil Smith, Scott Bieser and the artist known as ~3~ is now complete on the web at: bigheadpress.com and you can order yourself a paper version Real Soon Now.

L. Neil Smith's Lever Action is slowly appearing on the net at http://down-with-power.com/lever_action/

Mr. Smith's work is featured on "The Heart of the Matter" website.

Be sure and check L. Neil Smith's blogs at BigHeadPress.com and "The Moratorium".

Remember our e-mail discussion lists you can join: [this one]

or mail to:

We are a Reader-Supported eMagazine.

Ken Holder


(You can click to pay the editor, too!)


Nullification Act

Classified Ads
Three ads this week. We always have three ads.

Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez, Rex May, Bob Phipps, via L. Neil Smith, Crazy Al, and Dana Majewski

by L. Neil Smith
On Thursday, December 15, 2011, the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, members of the United States House of Representatives betrayed their oaths of office and voted overwhelmingly to follow in the felonious footsteps of their criminal accessories in the Senate, by attempting to pass the so-called "National Defense Authorization Act".

Introducing L. Neil Smith
by L. Neil Smith
From time to time I wonder, after all these years, whether it might be good to reacquaint myself with folks who know me and my work, as well as introduce myself to people who are only just discovering it. I hope that you will pardon me if the need for brevity makes very straightforward statements necessary.

Atlantea The Beautiful No. 155
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 155 of a weekly cartoon series.

Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
UN Agenda 21
Planning for Your future, serf!
Read all about it!


List of WikiLeaks mirrors:
Exposing War Crimes is NOT a crime!
Free Bradley Manning
Join us on Facebook
Join TLE on Facebook

L. Neil Smith personally recommends Climate Depot
as the best general source of infomation on the subject.

The Probability Broach cover
The Probability Broach
by L. Neil Smith

Amazon.com Dead Tree
Or click this link to buy at Barnes & Noble.com

Book cover
Lever Action
by L. Neil Smith

Buy dead-tree edition at Amazon.com
Or from Cat's Curiosities (Vin & Amy's Online Bookstore)
Front cover illustration © Copyright 2000 by Scott Bieser

Sweeter Than Wine cover
Sweeter Than Wine
by L. Neil Smith

Amazon.com Dead Tree
Amazon.com Kindle
Click this link to buy at Barnes & Noble

The American Zone
The American Zone
by L. Neil Smith

Click cover to buy from Amazon.com
Click link to buy from Barnes & Noble

Ceres cover
by L. Neil Smith

Click cover to buy from Amazon.com
Click to buy from Barnes & Noble
(NOTE: The complete novel is also on the web at bigheadpress.com)

Pallas cover
by L. Neil Smith

Phoenix Pick Edition
Click cover pic to buy from Amazon.com
Click to buy from Barnes & Noble icon

The Venus Belt cover
The Venus Belt
by L. Neil Smith

Phoenix Pick Edition
Click cover pic to buy from Amazon.com
Click to buy from Barnes & Noble

Crystal Empire cover
The Crystal Empire
by L. Neil Smith

Phoenix Pick Edition
Click cover pic to buy from Amazon.com
Click link to buy from Barnes & Noble

Tom Paine Maru
Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith

Phoenix Pick Edition
Click cover to buy at Amazon.com
Click link to buy from Barnes & Noble
Hope cover
by Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith

Phoenix Pick Edition
Click cover to buy at Amazon.com
Click link to buy at Barnes & Noble

The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
The Last
of Klepton


Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0

Roswell Texas Cover
Roswell, Texas
by L. Neil Smith and Rex F. May
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Colored by Jen Zach

Published by Bighead Press, 2008
Click cover to buy at Amazon.com
Click link to buy at Barnes & Noble
The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel

by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser

Published by Bighead Press, 2004
Click cover to buy at Amazon.com
Click link to buy at Barnes & Noble

Time Peeper

Translate TLE into these languages:

AfrikaansShqipe [Albanian]العربية [Arabic]

Беларускя [Belarusian]Български [Bulgarian]

Català [Catalan][Chinese (Simplified)][Chinese (Traditional)]Hrvatska [Croatian]Čeština [Czech]

Dansk [Danish]Nederlandse [Dutch]

Eesti [Estonian]

Filipino [Filipino]Suomen [Finnish]Français [French]

Galego [Galician]Deutsch [German]Ελληνικά [Greek]

עברית [Hebrew][Hindi]Magyar [Hungarian]

Íslenska [Icelandic]Indonesia [Indonesian]Gaeilge [Irish]Italiano [Italian]


한국어 [Korean]

Latviešu [Latvian]Lietuviškai [Lithuanian]

Македонски [Macedonian]Bahasa Melayu [Malay]Malti [Maltese]

Norsk [Norwegian]

[Persian]Polska [Polish]Português [Portuguese]

Român [Romanian]Русский [Russian]

Српски [Serbian]Slovenčina [Slovak]Slovenski [Slovenian]Español [Spanish]Kiswahili [Swahili]Svenska [Swedish]

ใทย [Thai]Türkçe [Turkish]

Українська [Ukranian]

Viet [Vietnamese]

Cymraeg [Welsh]


Help Support TLE, click on our advertisement and affiliate links!

2011 Issues
Back to 2011 Issues Archive