I don't pretend to know a great deal about the theories of Trotsky or socialism except in a very generalized way, but I must say, this book (and the sequels) are absolutely fantastic. The society that MacLeod describes is intensely interesting, especially for a teenage product of good ol' American capitalism such as myself. It is an eye-opener to the different schools of thought out there, even if the anarcho-capitalist society is extreme by today's standards. The technology and AIs are also interesting for all those "hard" sci-fi fans, so it has some of it all, and is masterfully written - unlike many lower quality authors, it doesn't reveal everything at once, and actually leaves some things up to the reader to figure out. Overall, absolutely incredible. I suggest everyone read it, whether you are a communtist dissenter or a capitalist pig.