I've read a few of Sean Gabb's historical novels set in the Byzantine Empire in the 7th century, which are sort of a cross between the Flashman novels and H. Rider Haggard. This one is different. It combines the Byzantine Empire of the 11th century with science fiction: the British Isles are transported back in time almost a thousand years. Cut off from trade with the modern world, the population plummets, and the United Kingdom quickly turns into a police state: "this new order had emerged as quickly and as logically as the movement of iron filings in a magnetic field". The book is mostly set in England, and part of the dark humour arises from how similar this awful Britain is to our own… Read more
The first part on the ultimate motivation of the modern ideology is very good. Laliberte argues that all mainstream "ideologies" such as modern conservatism are fundamentally in agreement with the promotion of egalitarianism as their ultimate goal. This explains the failure of modern conservatism: it is fundamentally in agreement with its supposed "opponents". They are all socialists now. Under democracy, egalitarian ideologies will tend to outcompete non-egalitarian ideologies: opponents of egalitarianism cannot be democrats.
Laliberte points out that egalitarianism and human flourishing are incompatible motivations. Though egalitarianism and survival could be combined in a… Read more