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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful., 25 Nov 2010
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This book is possibly my absolute favourite by all of the anarchists. Tucker writes with stinging wit and precision that give the reader the impression of a very likeable man.
There was much controversy over Tucker's views on children as property, but this came as a result of his embrace of Stirner's egoism (something I was never impressed with), yet Tucker then includes his previous agreement with Clara Dixon Davidson is the first section of this book, which gives me the happy impression that he changed his mind again.
One problem is that Tucker does not unpack how his laissez faire model would deal with law and defense, merely that it could be dealt with locally and voluntarily. Anarcho Capitalists such as Rothbard and Hoppe would later on give attempts themselves, but I have never personally been impressed with them.
The section of money and banking was particularly enjoyable along with his sharp criticisms of Henry George.
I consider this book my anarchist bible.
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