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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Media (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967025915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967025919
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"L. Neil Smith is one of my 'philosophical fathers,' in the company of Bastiat, Jefferson, and Rand." -- Boston T. Party

"Neil Smith is hard core, and he takes no prisoners. I love his stuff." -- Doug Casey

"[Smith's] wit, vision, and principle are a much-needed glass of icewater to the face of a sleepy populace." -- Peter Stephenson

About the Author

L. Neil Smith was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1946. The son of an Air Force officer, he grew up all over North America, in places like LaPorte, Waco, and McQueenie, Texas; Salina, Kansas; Gifford, Illinois; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Sacramento, California; and St. John's, Newfoundland. Perhaps best known for his novels (two-score and counting so far), he lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife Cathy, his daughter Rylla, two orange tiger-striped cats, and a Keeshond named Greywind.

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L. Neil Smith has gathered a no-holds-barred collection of his finest political essays in this book.
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With more than 20 sci-fi books under his belt this is his first non fiction book.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr. van der Linden on November 7, 2002
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For the sake of providing needed information on this collection of L. Neil Smith's essays, the following table of contents is drawn from his Web site (specifically from page [...]
AUTHOR'S NOTE: My Purloined Letters
INTRODUCTION: My Willingness to be Drafted to Run for President
Section I: LIBERTARIAN PHILOSOPHY
1. The LP's First Priority
2. The Atlanta Declaration
3. Bill of Wrongs
4. A New Approach to Social Darwinism
5. The Tyranny of Democracy (Majoritarianism Versus Unanimous Consent)
6. Shop Now and Avoid the Rush
Section II: LIBERTARIAN POLITICS
7. Lever Action -- Accept No Substitutes
8. Hillary Behind Bars
9. Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus Statement of Principles
10. Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus General Resolution
11. The Twenty-Ninth Amendment
12. Tea in a Whole New Bag
13. My Three Tax Programs
14. My China Policy
15. Operation Safe Streets
16. A Desperate Suspension of Disbelief
17. A Lesson in Practical Politics
18. The Return of the Creature
19. Rally Me Not on the Lone Prairie
20. Tactical Reflections
Section III: THE SECOND AMENDMENT
21. Suppose You Were Fond of Books ...
22. Ban a Gun -- Go to Jail
23. The Atrocity Engineers
24. What About England?
25. Nipponese, Ted!
26. Twelve Tips for Safer Schools
27. Kids and Guns at School
28. Murder by Gun Control
29. Armies of Chaos
30. On Concealed Carry and the NRA
31. Screen, Scran, Screwn
32. We Don't Need No Stinkin' Bodges
33. Am I the NRA?
34. How Much Do You Want to Keep Your Guns?
35. Clinton's Crimes Are Hitler's Crimes
36. Diana DeGette Wants You Dead
37. Whodunit? Wellington Webb!
38.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Skeptic on January 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've read and enjoyed most of L. Neil Smith's science fiction novels. I checked out his essays and other non-fiction works almost as an afterthought. I liked them. So when I saw LEVER ACTION, I jumped on it.
Guess what? I liked it too. Of course, the issues that are addressed in Smith's science fiction by allegory, implication and exposition-an optimistic, freedom-seeking, pro-gun, science fiction worldview-are addressed directly in this collection of essays and speeches.
I especially enjoyed reading the Introduction in which Smith tells us how he came by the principles in which he believes. My favorite essay is a very short one. On page 226, Smith asks the rhetorical question, "How Much Do You Want to Keep Your Guns?" He then answers his own question in an economical yet impassioned couple of hundred words. It is as beautiful a plea for mutual tolerance and personal freedom as you will ever read anywhere. Read it aloud to get the full effect. Read it aloud to your family and friends. Heck, read it aloud to someone you don't like. It might make a difference.
I have only one minor nit to pick. Because LEVER ACTION is a compilation of previous independently published writings and delivered speeches, there is some repetition. Of course, some things bear repeating.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on September 27, 2006
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L. Neil Smith is one of the most prolific libertarian writer of the last few decades. With more than 20 sci-fi books under his belt this is his first non fiction book. Full of essays on libertarian philosophy, libertarian politics, the Second Amendment, the media, science fiction, sex, drugs, Ayn Rand, freedom and Robert A. Heinlein.

The only problem is that if you are not a libertarian it will piss you off and if you are, well, then why do you need to read it?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Weiss on September 8, 2002
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L. Neil Smith is a friend of mine. He *became* one because he writes some of the best analysis, reasoned opinions, and no-compromise articles promoting liberty, freedom, the Bill of Rights (all of them!), libertarianism, and classical liberalism IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. "Lever Action" is L. Neil's collection of essays, and every single one should be read by every American. If this book became part of high school curricula, the United States of America might yet survive the 21st Century. A must-read, no matter what your political and economic "beliefs." Good writing *shows* - and L. Neil delivers.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Ruff on March 6, 2003
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L. Neil Smith has gathered a no-holds-barred collection of his finest political essays in this book. I first found "el Neil" in "The Libertarian Enterprise" online. I have since read much of his fiction, and found it to be excellent. Please buy lots and lots of his books--give them as gifts, read them and stock them in every room in your house and in every vehicle. I want him to write more, and the sure way to convince him to do so is to pay him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bart R. Lawrence on August 25, 2010
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As with much of Smith's writing, he has a gigantic axe to grind. The axe is morals, the edge is libertarianism and the compelling force is supplied by, of all things our forgotten Constitution. Each article in this collection of essays is meaningful, and if you are honest, should really really anger you. He points at the betrayal of our countries principles by the alleged arbiters of same, our elected officials. He points at the hypocrisy of where the left says morals are important and where not, he points at the murder for and by our government agencies.
I recommend socialists and so called liberals not read this book unless they are willing to risk re-thinking their whole viewpoint of reality.
It is a stunning collection of impressive value and as such is one of the most prized books I own. Buy this book if you want to be free.
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