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12 February 2003 * by Harry & Helen Highwater, proprietors

Corporations own every major newspaper, every TV and radio station, and every major media outlet in America. They offer "objective journalism," but not because feigning impartiality is somehow "ethical." It's simply the strategy that offends the fewest advertisers, draws the largest audience, and makes the most profit.

There's nothing wrong with making an honest profit, but profit is not the motive here, so we won't pretend to be "objective journalists." We aren't fair and impartial. We give a damn.

This is not a community playhouse version of The New York Times, nor is it just another collection of odd or wacky news. There's a point to what we're doing:

We are opposed to some US policies.

This doesn't mean we're anti-American, redneck scum, pinko commies, militia members, or terrorist-sympathizers. It means we believe in freedom of speech, as more than merely a cliché.

We appreciate the Bill of Rights, and other great works of fiction. We have no patience for the status quo of bipartisan duplicity, hypocrisy, graft, and glad-handing.

We are disgusted with the Democratic and Republican parties, whose policies and politicians are responsible for most of America's problems (and more and more of the world's). We do not believe these thoroughly corrupt parties, policies, and politicians offer any serious solutions to the problems they have created.

What do we believe?

Like the right, we believe in individual responsibility, hard work to get ahead, and stern punishment for serious crimes. We believe big government should not be blindly trusted, and that the alleged leaders of "the left" are generally hypocrites.

Like the left, we believe in equal treatment under law, war as a last (not first) resort, and sensible stewardship of natural resources. We believe big business should not be blindly trusted, and that the alleged leaders of "the right" are generally hypocrites.

Like libertarians, we believe freedom comes first in any just society. We believe it's wrong and reprehensible to arrest people for what they think, believe, look like, wear, eat, smoke, drink, inhale, inject, or otherwise do to themselves.

Unlike many libertarians, we're not obsessed with the gold standard, we don't believe incorporation is humanity's highest achievement, and we don't believe everything in life comes down to dollars and cents. We understand that Ayn Rand's best-sellers are works of fiction.

We believe in questioning ourselves, our assumptions, each other — and we especially believe in questioning authority (the more authority, the more questions). We believe obedience is a fine quality in dogs and young children, but not in adults.

We're skeptical, and we're sick of so-called 'journalists' who aren't skeptical at all.

These pages are published by Harry and Helen Highwater, happily married low-income non de plumes and rabble-rousers from Kansas City (with a few friends scattered around the world helping out). Seven days a week, we try to spotlight news that hasn't gotten enough (or appropriate) attention, along with our opinions and yours.

We bang our keyboards against the wall, because it doesn't hurt as much as banging our heads.

Harry & Helen Highwater
Kansas City



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