L. Neil Smith

(Lester Neil Smith III)

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  • Born: May 12, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

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Lester Neil Smith III, better known as L. Neil Smith, is an American libertarian science fiction author and political activist. His works include the trilogy of Lando Calrissian novels, all published in 1983: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka. He also wrote the novels Pallas, The Forge of the Elders, and The Probability Broach, each of which won the Libertarian Futurist Society's annual Prometheus Award for best libertarian science fiction novel. In 2016, Smith received a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Libertarian Futurist Society.

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A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every government that exists -- or ever existed, or ever will exist -- is a kleptocracy, meaning "rule by thieves". Competing ideologies merely provide different excuses to separate the Productive Class from what they produce. Taxes
Great men don't 'move to the center' — great men move the center! Leaders & Leadership
If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash — for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything — without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you Guns & Gun Control
If conservatives really believed in individual liberty, as they endlessly claim — and if they used both halves of their brains — then they'd be libertarians. Instead, they sabotage themselves, and their cause, by constantly generating one spurious reason after another to deprive other people of their freedom. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Like the government, corporations must be bound with the chains of the Constitution, and especially of the Bill of Rights. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The function of government is to provide you with service; the function of the media is to supply the Vaseline. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Media, Journalism & The Press
Those who sell their liberty for security are understandable, if pitiable, creatures. Those who sell the liberty of others for wealth, power, or even a moment's respite deserve only the end of a rope. Freedom & Liberty
We live in times of wonderful technology and crappy politics. The task before us now is not to let the latter destroy the former. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A libertarian presidential candidate isn't going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn't the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft.
As a novelist, I have a somewhat higher soapbox to stand on than most people do when it comes to talking back to the merchants of fear.
As to the media, they are protected by the First Amendment, as they should be.
Beloved friends and comrades... the national Libertarian Party is dead.
City governments ought to be abolished, if only as a public health measure. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Collective states are constitutionally incapable of reliably producing anything but corpses.
Government is waging war against the people. Government ;War & Peace
I propose a Constitutional Amendment providing that, if any public official, elected or appointed, at any level of government, is caught lying to any member of the public for any reason, the punishment shall be death by public hanging. Death ;Government
I'll remind you all, however, that for government, existence is a privilege, not a right. Government
I'm as radical as libertarians come.
I'm tired of being considered property.
I'm tired of being considered some kind of criminal or dangerous throwback for no other reason than that I value, exercise, and defend my rights under the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution.
I'm tired of being lied to by government, by the media, and by every corporation I have anything to do with. Government
I'm tired of living in a police state.
It is individuals who must be encouraged to undertake the unprecedented - and unprecedentedly profitable - effort to prevent the annihilation of the human race.
It's often been observed that the first casualty of war is the truth. But that's a lie, too, in its way. The reality is that, for most wars to begin, the truth has to have been sacrificed a long time in advance. Truth ;Time ;War & Peace
Lincoln emancipated nobody. The man freed not a single slave.
People in the mass media tend more and more every day to look and act like elected and appointed officials.
Poverty is a solved problem - all they have to do is abolish taxes and regulations which cripple those intelligent, capable, and responsible men and women and destroy their productive capacity, then stand back and watch the economy boom. Women
The claim that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked because fundamentalists hate our prosperity and freedom is a ridiculous lie. Freedom & Liberty
The fact is that surveys which media people openly admit to show that fewer than twelve percent of their customers believe they're doing a good job, while the average profit margin in television is in the neighborhood of eighty percent.
The first thing you need to know, in order to establish some perspective and avoid panic, is that the violent government excesses we're seeing today are far from unprecedented. Government
The main problem is that for a boycott to be effective, you must first persuade thousands - maybe even millions of others - to go along, which is a lot of work and usually not successful. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The War on Drugs employs millions - politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military - that probably couldn't find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners. War & Peace
This planet is 15 million years overdue for an asteroid strike like the one that killed the dinosaurs.
Today, human civilization is drowning in a sea of lies.
Violent crime is a solved problem - all they have to do is repeal the laws that keep those intelligent, capable, and responsible men and women from arming themselves, and violent crime evaporates like dry ice on a hot summer day. Women
We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and that the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
We must oppose programs that would take food from the mouths of younger generations to buy prescription drugs for old people, and we must do it... for the children. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
What happened in America in the 1860s was a war of secession, a war of independence, no different in principle from what happened in America in the 1770s and 1780s. War & Peace