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Great intro to making the case for a Anarcho-Capitalist society
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2018
The book was quite easy to read and comprehend. Lew Rockwell makes his case against the existence of a statist society, even for those who believe in limited government. The book's first chapters go in detail on what is wrong with the existence of the state, why its existence is not compatible with individual liberty and individual growth, why the state and its leading politicians don't work to benefit the people despite what we've been programmed to believe since first grade. There's a chapter covering each of the most disturbing problems of statism with evidence of how these problems negatively impact the average people and interfere with their lives and liberties. Some of the problems in question are the promotion of wars with no indication that peace in a statist society could ever be achieved, the lack of existence of sound money which leads to impoverishment of its citizens (with the no. 1 culprit being the central bank which through its powers to control interest rates and inflate the money supply creates price inflation and economic booms/busts), the increase in government's surveillance leading to the Orwellian society, the ever growing expansion of the state which in Rockwell's view is a parasitic entity and largely depends on the coercive powers to tax the productive sectors of society. In the last chapters he describes the stateless society and how the private sectors can very well take over the state functions of providing protection and defense, a judiciary system, infrastructure, education, and overall a more productive and free society when markets are free and unhampered by the state. To those who visualize Somalia's anarchy as the Anarcho-Capitalist society described in this book, Rockwell gives compelling evidence as to how that kind of chaos was the consequence of prior state and political regimes whereas the society he endorses in America is one in which order would be more prevalent than in a politically man-controlled statist system. He ends the book with the idea that we've tried for thousands of years to be free, prosperous, and live in peace by allowing a group of people which we call "the government" to control us and the markets yet, it does not work. Why not try a new way? It may not be the paradise on earth, there would be challenges to overcome, but we owe to ourselves, the generations to come, and humanity in general to try a new society in which there is no state to interfere with the markets, there is no state to grant itself monopoly powers, there is no state to favor one group of people over others, there is no state to act as the paternalistic entity of human kind. Finally, this book is so easy to read that even a mature 8th grader would be able to grasp.