Ashland. Literally.

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 08 Mar 2004 13:00:00 GMT
# L. Neil Smith at The Libertarian Enterprise - An Excerpt from Ceres - a small bit from Neil's newest novel, not yet released. In this excerpt, the story is told of a comet hitting the earth at Ashland Ohio. Neil picked Ashland because that's where Hunter Jordan was arrested. [tle]

# Michael Brightbill at The Libertarian Enterprise - Going to School - a high school senior outlines the short shrift given tghe second and third amendments in an honors class study of the Bill of Rights. [tle]

# Jonathan Taylor at The Libertarian Enterprise - It Doesn't Have to be This Way - you don't have to give up your rights just because you've entered a school building for "instruction". [tle]

Have you ever wondered why you are required to go to school, then searched and treated generally like a criminal for the entire time you're there? Why those in charge of the school system expect you to submit willingly and happily to intrusions upon your rights--intrusions that would be unthinkable if they themselves were the targets? Why simply going to school, as you're required to do, gives the government carte blanche to take away almost every civil liberty this country was founded upon?

The answer's simple--the public school system exists for no other reason than to subjugate your rights to the collective good, and to indoctrinate you into a lifelong dependence on someone else's protection. The school needs to protect its charges, to keep them safe from lunatics with guns, from drug dealers, pedophiles and terrorists trying to sneak in, from gang members, and from Jehovah's Witnesses.

# William Stone, III at The Libertarian Enterprise - Law Versus Reality - a cute characterization of why SCO's anti-Linux lawsuit in particualr, and the concepts of intellectual property and limited government in general, will ultimately fail. [tle]

Meanwhile, back at SCO, CEO Darl McBride notices that between IBM and their engine, AIX, and Red Hat and SuSE with their engine, Linux, the old, original UNIX isn't selling so well. In fact, it's selling badly. In fact, unless something is done, the company is going to go belly-up probably sooner rather than later.

So what does McBride do? Does he improve his UNIX engine so that it's clearly and obviously better than IBM's or Linux? Does he cut prices in order to entice customers to use his engine? Does he adopt Linux the way the others have and use more effective marketing and pricing to convince customers to use it?

No, McBride does none of that, because that's not the kind of person McBride is. He has no interest in competing in the free market, because Darl McBride is a businessman of another stripe. He's a socialist.

McBride decides that when you can't compete in the marketplace, you should try and use government to force the marketplace to come to you.

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