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L. Neil Smith's
Number 653, January 15, 2012

"What do you suppose it would it be like, how would it feel,
to spend the rest of the time we two have left in life
without having to struggle against a rogue, feral, criminal
government hell-bent on turning us all into its property
every day, every hour, every minute?"

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A Praise Idea—Your Thoughts?
by DataPacRat

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

One of the basic ways we try to change others' behaviour is through condemning some actions and praising others. There are many ways to do both—including offering awards. One of the more important actions that we libertarians would seem to find praiseworthy, is disobeying an immoral command.

How many militaries have medals awarded specifically for refusing orders?

Is there any reason that we can't start offering our own awards for such? (For example, how hard is it to find out about actions worthy of receiving it?)

Or, maybe, we could establish a pattern, which anyone could then order from a 3D printer and give away themselves. For example, in Russell's classic story "... And Then There Were None" is the 'weapon', described thus: "a small, shiny plaque ... an oblong strip of substance resembling ivory. One side was polished and bare. The other bore three letters deeply engraved in bold style: F.—I.W." As we're not used to the initial-slang, it might be better to write it in full: 'Freedom—I won't!'.

Does anything of the sort sound like something worth trying?

Thank you for your time,


Zazzle doesn't seem to do oblong plaques; but these might do as reasonable starts for present-day replacements:



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