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Number 698, November 25, 2012
"Our single nebulous hope resides in a leaderless,
centerless spirit of individual liberty. Each time
it's provoked into raising its head, it startles
and frightens those who think they own us."

Liberty Leading the People
La Liberté guidant le peuple (Liberty Leading the People) 1830
by Eugène Delacroix

Down With Power!
Down With Power!





Yes, the principles enumerated in L. Neil Smith's Down With Power, properly applied, will make a visible difference in America's condition in just 180 days!

While we wait months and years for the swift recovery that's in America's power, the con-game—played against us by government, corporations, and unions—goes on.

Stop the con-game. Read L. Neil Smith's Down With Power, available from,, and other sources, in trade paperback and e-book editions.
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[PUBLISHER'S NOTE]: Anyone who whimpers that I'm being too hard on Republicans in this (or any other) issue of L.Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise should take a look at a couple of headlines on the Drudge Report today.

A while back, it seems, at the urging of party theorist Grover Norquist (sounds like a Muppet, to me) a number of the nearly extinct mammoths signed a pledge not to raise taxes, not never, not nohow. More recently, a particularly slimy piece of GOP garbage, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, has been asking publicly why he should be bound to a 20-year-old pledge, when what this country needs to get it out of economic trouble is a good, old-fashioned tax hike.

Yeah—like an anemic needs to be treated with leaches.

I understand the Senator's position: neither he nor any of his ilk feel bound by the oath of office they take, either. I guess what I'd like to know is why this Georgia ratbag thinks we taxpayers should have to pay for the odiferous and inwardly collapsing mess of political excrement that he and his fellow parasites have left on the living room carpet, when the lowliest bank teller has to make up out of her own pocket any discrepancies in her cash drawer at the end of the working day.

So let me propose yet another Constitutional amendment, to wit: the federal budget will be balanced every year. Any deficit that may occur will be shared out among the elected representatives, and made up from their own salaries, or from assets they already possess.

I don't know how to write to Grover Norquist, but if you do, drop him a note. I understand he isn't happy with this Georgia scumsucker. Tell him about my amendmant, and while you're at it, mention my book Down With Power, which contains a lot of other swell ideas.


L. Neil Smith
Publisher and Senior Columnist

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In the spirit of liberty, I'm featureing Delacroix's famous "Liberty Leading the People" painting. More about it at

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Letters to the Editor
from Nils Andersson, L. Neil Smith, Somebody, A.X. Perez, and/or Chav El Chuco

The Spirit of Liberty
by L. Neil Smith
America's last good year—very likely the last good year for Western Civilization—is drawing to a close. Taking a good, hard look at the events of 2012, and especially at the recent election, I have come to some conclusions regarding what must be done if we expect, as individuals or a society, ever to see another good year again.

I Hate Cops
by Kent McManigal
Let me just start by saying I hate cops. Yes, I admit it may be an irrational hatred, and I probably shouldn't hate them—and I certainly shouldn't admit it. If you are just going to scold me for that stop reading now and go do something else.

The Rot at the Core
by A.X. Perez
First off, this is America. Race should not be part of our national conversation, or at least it's role should be diminishing. We're all Americans together, and how well your stomach digests milk or the proportion of you thigh to your shinbone should matter less than nothing. Religious conformity should not be part of our discourse, Thomas Jefferson expressed this in his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and James Madison in the First Amendment. Indeed it was the first right guaranteed in that statement of intellectual freedom.

Are you SURE they're breaking the Law?
by Madison MacBear
Tovarishchii, Confederates, Countrybeings, lend me your ears! I come not to praise Hamilton, but to bury him! Yesterday afternoon, I had a discussion with my brother-in-law, in which I told him I was seeking to become holder-in-due-course of my own STRAWMAN, after which options not available to the common slaves would be open to me. He dismissed my assertions of loopholes available under the written laws because the information had come from (guffaw) the internet! He actually compared freeman-on-the-land websites to the Zimbabwean [sic] banking scam. He opined that I would look very silly telling the judge, "But it's here in the written laws—" before they escorted me to a cell. Later, I realized that he meant (though I daresay he did not realize it) that quoting the law would not help my defense should I end up in court.

State-Regulation of the British Press: So What?
by Sean Gabb
At the moment in England, our masters and their clients are discussing censorship of the newspaper press. After months of submissions, a government inquiry into newspaper conduct has finished, and its report will almost certainly call for what is called "a rule-based framework of regulation." The surface argument is between those who want controls backed by the law, and those who want "voluntary self-regulation." No one who matters, though, disputes that something must be done. This means that something will be done. And this something will be formal censorship.

To the Barricades! Or Not.
by Chris Claypoole
I spent the day on Friday at home, trying to rest and recover from a bout with my chronic bronchitis. My daughter had come home for Thanksgiving, and we were sitting in the living room. She had the television on, watching a PBS beg-fest that featured a recording of the musical, Les Misérables. When the song "Do You Hear The People Sing" was playing, I had a thought or two, which I am going to share with you.

Why Japanese-style Gun Control Simply CANNOT Be Successfully Implemented In The US
by Neale Osborn
Feudal Japan made possessing a sword without membership in the Samurai class a death penalty offense. Today, Japan has some of the lowest crime rates and some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. And the Victim Disarmament crowd often espouses adopting the Japanese-style laws to "put a stop to crime and violence" here in America. Since these people tend to be the same people who claim to support individual rights, I thought it would be good to see WHAT it is they are supporting. So, let us look at the socity that the victim disarmament groups hold up as the prime example of why we, in America, need to ban guns "for our own good". Japan.

Atlantea The Beautiful No. 204
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 204 of a weekly cartoon series.

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