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Big Bother Is Watching You—Again
by L. Neil Smith
A BLAST FROM THE PAST It doesn’t seem all that very long ago that I wrote a column ("Stop the Nagging", The Libertarian Enterprise, Issue 12, reprinted in Issue 1,138 January 9, 2022) arguing that those, like the Ad Council (whoever the hell they are), the American Cancer Society, the American Heart and Lung Association, et alia, who apparently have no lives of their own and feel compelled to live our lives for us, should be shut up for good.

America Far Away
by Sarah A. Hoyt
Most of the rest of the world, but particularly Europe, seem to have a bizarre funhouse vision of America. Part of it I’ll admit is our fault, or at least “our fault” in the sense that every place in the world has idiots and crazy people, but some we’re the only country on Earth who make those people celebrities and stars. And also that no other country’s movie industry specializes in showing the worst possible about their own country, including making up stuff.

by Cathy L.Z. Smith
Missing you, L Neil Smith. You would have known exactly which aspect of the maelstrom to attack. I wish you were here to see the heroic Canadians, and the heroes of the rest of world, waking up, asserting their self-sovereignty. You would have known what to say to celebrate and bolster their resolve. All I can do is recognize them for what they are facing and for their courage and their restraint in the face of all that the utterly useless self-styled elites can throw in their way.

Thoughts on the Diamond Jubilee:
Sixty Years a Rubber Stamp

by Sean Gabb
Those of us who pay attention to such things will have noticed a difference between the BBC coverage of the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and of the present Diamond Jubilee. Ten years ago, the coverage was adequate, though reluctant and even a little stiff. This time, it has been gushing and completely uncritical. There are various possible reasons for my observation. The first is that I was mistaken then and am mistaken now. I do not think this is the case, but feel obliged to mention it. The second is that Golden Jubilees are rare events, and Diamond Jubilees very rare events, and that extreme rarity justifies a setting aside of republican scruples. The third is that the BBC was taken by surprise in 2002 by the scale of public enthusiasm, and does not wish to be caught out again. The fourth is that, while not particularly conservative on main issues, we do now have a Conservative Government, and this is headed by a cousin of Her Majesty. There may be many other reasons.

The Wyoming Chronicles, by W. Michael Gear
Reviewed by Charles Curley
There is a sub-genre of disaster novels called The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). Probably my all-time favorite here is Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s plea for nuclear energy and space exploration, Lucifer’s Hammer (1997). All of them tout, openly or covertly, the Boy Scouts’ motto, Be Prepared. Those who survive The End of the World and prosper are those who are prepared for it. The cliche here is the macho sharp shooting hunter who has his rifle and .45, and thousands of rounds in his basement. But there are other ways of preparing: see Dr. Dan Forrester in Lucifer’s Hammer.

Gloria Álvarez: A Ray of Hope from Guatemala
by Jeff Fullerton
A few weeks ago despairing in the depths of the Coldpocalypse my furnace struggled and could not keep up with the setting of 68 degrees on my living room thermostat. So depressed and miserable I was lingering under the covers all morning listening to Tube. Discovered Gloria Álvarez who is like a beacon of light from Guatemala Where they actually have a libertarian university.


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