To the editor ...
I admired Mr. Neff's reply to Mr. Hornberger's "Five questions" in 2002, and again in 2007 I admire his addendum. I especially like his use of the 1997 quotation about reform: "Big deal. I wanted to be free."
It appears that, sometime between 1997 and 2002, Mr. Hornberger laid down the melancholy burden of sanity. I wonder why. Any ideas?
October 11, 2007
Excellent work. At one time I did try to explain to Mr. Hornberger that his rosy view of the U.S. Constitution glossed over a few realities. To no avail. But Mr. Neff has laid it out plain and simple. Mr. Hornberger is a smart man, and I do hope he will devote some more thought to this matter. Libertarians in general, and Mr. Hornberger in particular, need to review the arguments raised by Lysander Spooner and by Albert Jay Nock, and then answer them. Trying to play by the rules laid down by statists is not going to undo the damage. There is really only one hope for America, and that is to one by one educate the American people in the lessons to be learned from Spooner, Nock, and Neff. The problem in America is Americans, and that is where it has to be solved.
February 18, 2002
WOWIE ZOWIE! HIP HIP HOORAY! BRAVO! and all other manner of superlatives and cheers for an outstanding piece of work! We at the Freedom School are in 100 percent agreement with Mr. Neff, and have been standing for, practicing, and teaching those ideas since the early '60s; but never have we seen them more clearly, persuasively, or gracefully expressed.
I hope Mr. Neff's article will become available in pamphlet form. It would be useful for our presentations about the Freedom School, during which the question "Do you vote?" inevitably comes up.
I can hardly wait to bring the article to the attention of a certain long-time friend of mine who, along with Harry Browne, once subscribed to the same ideas. How people can so mysteriously change their thinking on a matter of Principle I simply do not understand. Or maybe I do. It could be what Orwell called doublethink, which is to say, more simply, self-delusion; or it could be plain intellectual dishonesty. Or are these turnabouts performed for purposes of personal gratification?
Freedom Mountain Academy
February 4, 2002; posted February 14.
Nicholas Strakon replies
I certainly share Mrs. Cullinane's evaluation of Mr. Neff's latest masterpiece, along with her hope that it may one day appear in print form. At present, of course, TLD's material resources are so scanty that we do well to remain on the air. Unfortunately, adding to TLD's repertoire of booklets must await sunnier times unless someone out there has the wherewithal to make a little investment in freedom. If so, please write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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