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The Book Of The Year?,
This review is from: Life After the State (Paperback)
Until I read this book I thought I was alone in thinking that the state has simply become too big and too powerful.
The only other voice I've heard on a similar theme has been Ron Paul in America.
The idea that the state should take ownership of every aspect of our lives is creeping its way into our culture as we sit back like frogs in a pan of warm water. Why should the state know best? Why should we abdicate responsibility for our health, our wealth and our education to a bunch of self serving politicians and bureaucrats? The fact that the book is controversial shows how far down the slippery slope we have already rolled.
Not only does he make his points clearly, he balances every criticism of the state with a practical alternative and through detailed historical research he reminds us that there was once life before the state. It's not only well argued, it's beautifully written. It's as entertaining to read as it is challenging. I dare you to buy it. I dare you to read it. I dare you to share it with your friends.
Wouldn't it be amazing if this book, in November 2013, marked the turning point where the people rose up against state control and demanded a return to free market economics?
The way we live now has more in common with the Soviet Union or Communist China. Let's return the state to being the servant of the people rather than their master. Let's have laws that expire after 5 years rather than clogging up our statute book for decades. OK, I'll put down the wacky baccy for a moment. Let's at least have the discussion.
Thank you, Dominic, for giving us such a cogent, well argued starting point for that critical debate.
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Emmanuelle Goldstein says:
Anarchocapitalism is dangerous and growing stronger.I hope this book doesn't ssupport this.Poor folk's taxen (VAT, TV tax, Green taxen, etc.) are being abused to benefit capitalists. Government wastes (gives away) money allocated to the NHS and prisons, etc. by allowing businesses to take profits out of it. Trade missions are for the benefit of the wealthy. Tax credits are for the benefit of the wealthy. Tax cuts (income tax & corporation tax) benefit the wealthy. The weathy neither need nor deserve welfare payments but are getting them in abundance. Why is there no VAT on aviation fuel? Because the wealthy enjoy flying about and claiming tax-free expenses (hidden income). Why are food &.alcohol subsidised in the bars & restaurants in the houses of Parliament? How much of their heat, food & drink do MPs & aristocrats get for free in banquets, lunches and dinners while many ordinary folk can't afford to eat healthily or keep warm?
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