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Dominic Frisby
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7 Nov 2013
Have you ever had the nagging feeling that the problems the country faces are spiraling out of control, that the government has lost its way and that, despite its promises, nothing ever changes? Well, you're right. In every instance where government gets involved in people's lives with a desire to do good, it can always be relied on to make the situation much, much worse. Yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we imagine that a world without the state would be a wild and terrifying place. With wit and devastating clarity of argument, Frisby shows in this book that human nature proves the opposite to be true. Welcome to Life After the State. "Dominic Frisby has gone and done something extraordinary: written a page-turner on the economy. It's both readable and radical, a serious book that is, by turn, fascinating, alarming and contentious. At times, the book makes you want to shout its message from the rooftops; at others, it just makes you want to shout. Life after the State challenges so much of what we take for granted. It is a wake-up call for politicians, economists and us all, written with clarity, verve and, more than that, the restless passion of an intelligent, inquisitive malcontent. Read it." - James Harding, once editor of The Times now Director of BBC News and Current Affairs

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Unbound (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908717890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908717894
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dominic Frisby is a comedian from London.

But his first book, Life After The State, has nothing to do with comedy. It is a deadly serious dismantling of the way societies are run in the west, outlining the damage governments unknowingly do to their people, with simple suggestions about how things can be vastly improved.

Dominic writes an investment column for MoneyWeek and has written and produced numerous short films and videos, including the viral hit 'Debt Bomb'. His script-writing ranges from episodes of the kids' show 'Roary the Racing Car' to the feature documentary 'The Four Horsemen', about the global financial crisis. He is a frequent speaker on gold and money on television, radio and at conferences.

Frisby is also a comedian and actor, described as 'viciously funny and inventive' by the Guardian; 'masterful' by the Evening Standard; and 'great comedy talent' by

Day-to-day he is found trotting about the sound studios of London, voicing everything from BBC nature documentaries to zombies in Hollywood blockbusters.

He has also worked as a TV presenter, a boxing-ring announcer, a florist, a removal man, an extremely camp theatrical agent's PA, a sports commentator and a busker.

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Thought-provoking and original, anyone concerned how big and bloated government has become must read this book. Dominic Frisby asks the kind of questions that those in Westminster need to start asking. - Douglas Carswell, MP We can't go on as we are. All politicians know that. But if they read Life After The State they might also start to understand what they might do about it. A must read for any thinking man or woman. - Merryn Somerset Webb, FT columnist and editor Moneyweek Magazine Things are so bad that in our time only a comedian can make sense of an economy based on printing money. Dominic Frisby's Life After the State is an accessible contemporary anarcho-capitalist critique of the mess we're in with pointers for our escape. - Guido Fawkes, political blogger It's incredibly readable and incredibly thought-provoking. - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord An entertaining cogent attack on state power, which should topple the centralist Trots once and for all. - Tom Hodgkinson --The Idler

About the Author

Dominic Frisby is now mostly a writer but has been a comedian, actor, voice-over artist, TV presenter, boxing ring announcer, florist, removal man, camp theatrical agent's PA, sports commentator and busker. The Guardian called his stand-up comedy 'viciously funny and inventive'.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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An eminently readable book - exposing the destructive nature of socialism and the client state. Frisby correctly makes a clear distinction between the free market (true capitalism) and "crony capitalism" - that situation we presently have in the Western World where we, the taxpayers live by the rules of the free-market but the banksters, many politicians, and large corporations do not - they are subsidised by us, the hard-working, honest tax-payers.

A great advantage Frisby has is that he is not a formally educated economist, yet he is well-read on the reality of the subject and is clearly intelligent. This makes for an easily understandable and widely informative work.

There are four parts to the book: 1) The Rise of the Monster (excess government / the state); 2) Money and Tax: Why You'll Never Be One of the 1%; 3) Pillars of the State (NHS / "Education" / etc); 4) Towards life after the State. They (all 4 parts) are most interesting and informative.

The most profound (short) paragraph in the book (to me) is on page 91 and reads thus: "It is government control of money that makes these wars possible. 'Without the money-counterfeiting tool of government,' wrote American economist E.C. Riegel in 1949, 'there could be no war except by popular mandate, because the price would have to be consciously and immediately paid. The would-be war-maker first of all conquers and subdues his own people by the narcotic of counterfeit money. If the people would hold the veto power of war, they must deny to their government the power to counterfeit money'. "

This work is revelatory and is essential reading - I wish I had had it available as a young man.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If Dominic Frisby was as good a comedian as he is a writer and thinker, then he would filling arenas but I worry that a proportion of his audience will not like what he has to say. By his own admission, the author is no financial 'expert' - but let us not forget how many of the 'experts' foresaw the financial meltdown of 2007? Gordon Brown anyone, lionising the City of London just ahead of the crash! But the author has researched and read and studied a great deal to be able to put such a book together and more power to him. It is a book with a moral spine, arguing for fairness for all and to be delivered by the people and for the people. This is a viewpoint that I arrived at long ago but not through any research on my part but more by instinct. And so this book then was something of a joy; crystallising much of arguments that I have tried to express myself. And so frustrating now when I try to discuss its merits with friends and find myself doing it no justice at all and resorting to a rather pathetic, 'you'll just have to read it yourself.'
With politicians telling us that a recovery is underway. With interest rates artificially low, with house prices chasing ever higher, money printing with abandon and a DOW and FTSE breaking all records - this is an important book at a crucial time. Politicians should read it but I suspect that they will not. The central message is wealth and prosperity for all at the expense of those who rule and regulate.
Congratulations Dominic and thank you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, carefully argued piece of writing 19 Nov 2013
By Jimmy C
I rather enjoyed this book. Libertarianism hasn't had much traction in the UK in the last fifty years or so - and the British author realises this and therefore how some of these ideas sound to many not used to these ideas. Therefore the book is written with the sceptic in mind. He readily acknowledges that those on the Left are trying to help people too, rather than calling them names, which doesn't get us anywhere. Instead, he carefully argues that the solution to many of society's ills is radically decreasing the state rather than tinkering with the existing status quo. In my opinion, his case is persuasive. He doesn't claim to have all the answers, or everything worked out down to the last detail, but he does demonstrate how sleight of hands by governments, especially with money and currency, has widened and entrenched the gap between Rich and Poor - which was the very think it was elected to prevent. Some will naturally hate the very idea of this book and therefore give it a poor review on that basis, which is a pity because if all political discourse were conducted in the tone of this book, things would be a lot more pleasant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 27 Nov 2013
By Hunter
Long have I felt that the 'system' that is forced upon us simply doesn't work. It is inefficient, self-serving and corrupt. The situation is steadily getting worse as taxpayers are forced by Government to support 'rent-takers' and 'zombie' organisations. This book is thought provoking and eye opening, and should be read by all. I truly hope that it starts to make a difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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An interesting and informative book that educates and amuses at the same time. Well worth a read. The book contains many references and is well researched. I may have to read it through twice just to take it all in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
'We are where we are' and Life After the State examines where we have come from, how we arrived here and charts a route out of the bourgeoning serfdom we increasingly seem destined for.

Dominic Frisby disambiguates the complex interplay inherent in our democratic, consumer-driven and growth obsessed world, in a tone which is clear, honest and arguably difficult for an acclaimed economist to mimic. His book objectively examines how human nature left to its own devices has proven to be a powerful force for good and contends how a well-intended bureaucracy, combined with a fiat monetary system, unintentionally or otherwise, stifles self reliance, encourages excess debt, causes prices to inflate and capital to be misallocated. The implications for education, healthcare, enterprise and thereby the general well being of society are clearly profound.

This book tells it like it is; suitably free from vested interests, cronyism or state subsidy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some shortcomings
Before you read any further, I ought to declare that my politics are to the left and so this may colour my review. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mr. Dh Sharman
4.0 out of 5 stars Very though-provoking
I bought this as an audiobook, read rather brilliantly by Dominic himself. It presents an extreme laissez-faire right-wing economic view very clearly and, although I did find... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. GLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and timely book
A really interesting, easy to read and understand, book on the subjects that will be dear to the heart of every free-thinking individual. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MvB
5.0 out of 5 stars A first exposition of the antidote to runaway government
... and how to end war, poverty and waste of taxpayer money.

Dominic Frisby presents a lucid and well written book that decomposes everything wrong with our current... Read more
Published 4 months ago by boaswhip
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
everyone should be forced by the government to read this book :)
but seriously though a truly belief changing read
Published 4 months ago by Tim Falder
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will open your eyes like no other.
The most important book I have read in a long time. I've just bought five extra copies, and plan to force it on all I meet, in the manner of a Jehovah's Witness.
Published 4 months ago by B. M. Wiener
4.0 out of 5 stars a very thorough argument for libertarianism
This is a hugely enjoyable book that every school child and student should have to read before completing their education. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative
So many things that are wrong with our country are highlighted here by the state's intervention. Political parties beware - those comments you make about decentralisation might... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tricia L
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a book that truly explains why our country is in such a mess
A fascinating insight into how excessive government interference has resulted in Britain's demise since the start of the 20th century. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ed Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
this is a thought provoking book and I liked it as I agree with a lot of the sentiments the writer promotes, wish the politicians had to read it
Published 5 months ago by june
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