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01/11/2003 Archived Entry: "Another Saturday, hard at work"
On the Political Front:
Justin Raimondo's atypical foray into optimism seems to be unjustified. According to Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board and a senior Bush advisor, America will not delay a war with Iraq until the autumn and is prepared to launch military action against Saddam Hussein without further United Nations authorisation.
Meanwhile, the domestic costs of the war on terrorism -- even without the additional burden of "real" war -- are being highlighted by California's budget woes. The state has projected a $34 billion budget deficit next year. This is a tale that will spin out state-by-state, city-by-city as the United States comes to grips with the huge economic costs of diverting so much money and manpower into vicious folly such as airport "security."
I was delighted to hear of the human rights activities who set up in front of the INS "special treatment" area in Los Angeles to take down the names of all "foreigners" being required to register, even if they are already legally registered. If a person the activists have recorded does not report back within a set period of time, the activists notify family, lawyers, and make inquires of the INS... In short, they do not allow innocent people to be eaten by the system and detained for days without explanation or legal aid.
I stumbled across an interesting site on individualist anarchism (which is also known as Philosophical Anarchism), complete with photos of Lysander Spooner and Benjamin Tucker. Its links are worth following.
BTW, if you haven't checked it out already, please visit Benjamin Tucker's Autobiography -- as much of it as exists -- which I transcribed from microfilm kept at the New York Public Library. It is amazing what material you can dig up with concerted effort and hard work.
For the next two weeks, we will be enduring worst cold snap in seven years. And, when I say "we," I mean a large segment of North America. So...stay warm, my friends.