I got this yesterday for £2.80 and read it in about 2 hours. I already hold most of the authors views through reading American libertarian literature by people like Laurence Vance, Ron Paul and Conservative Pat Buchanan, as well as Peter Hitchens and various other stuff. I am a Conservative, Christian, Libertarian and believe in a government with the least power and individuals with the maximum freedom. I don't believe in foreign wars, only defense and I believe there should be no laws for or against any kind of discrimination, free speech, thought, word or deed; on any issue that doesn't break what should be a small, simple, basic, understandable, tough: criminal law. The author presents the current government (labour or conservative) as the agresive propagator of a false ideology, which dominates through power (state violence) education, media and all the huge, powerful arms of the state. His revolutionary solution, if a truly conservative government got into power (the conservative party he rightly points out, is just a furtherance of the neo Marxist revolution, under a slightly different guise, but not truly conservative or freedom loving) it would sack about a third of the arms of the state, end the BBC and de-nationalize education, but keep the welfare state and de-corporatize business; among other things. The crown would be an open issue depending upon its use and republicanism would be a viable option. Where I would disagree with the author would be on his commitment to "secularism". I think he could be a bit naïve about this and the relationship between Christianity (especially evangelical Protestantism) and individual value, freedom and rights; and the reverse the effect of secular humanist, atheist, agnostic, ideology and the erosion of these things in society, politics and culture. I still think it is a small book well worth reading by any freedom lovers and should open doors to new ideas and areas of investigation. God blesse, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
This is available as a free pdf download. I spent an hour reading the first half of the pdf and have decided I MUST buy the book, if only to pass on to friends when I have finished. Sean Gabb has done the research to justify all I've been thinking since I left school in '86!
This is a short work, of 106 pages, excluding the covers, and, of those, original content is to be found on pages 5 to 89. The other pages are taken up with a table of contents, an index and a couple of articles recycled from Gabb's other writings. Those who read only the back cover and the first dozen pages might be inclined to put the work aside as yet another fringe pamphlet of the "why oh why?" variety, listing the grumbles about modern Britain which could be found any day in conservative newspaper blogs. Tony Blair, Polly Toynbee, politically correct Chief Constables, the BBC: all the familiar bogeymen (should that be bogeypersons) are taken out to be shuddered over. Persevere, this reviewer urges potential readers. Make it to chapter five, page 53, and experience the sudden change of gear under the heading of "What is to be done?" Was Gabb alluding to Lenin's work of the same name? He doesn't let on. The effect, however, is to stiffen the sinews of his readers, for here is a revolutionary programme. For the rest of the book, which after all is not far away, he offers a tantalising glimpse of what a sovereign parliament of England might yet achieve. Gabb admits in the end the unlikelihood of his vision ever coming to pass, and is reduced to asking for money. The effect is rather like listening to a musical tone poem. There is a short message, uplifting and easily digested, and when the last cadences have died away, one is left with a sense of loss. On that basis, buy the book. Anyone prepared to pay ten pounds or more for a CD, offering, say, another interpretation of the Second Horn Concerto of Richard Strauss, can afford the £9.99 for Gabb's work. Here is a final, one hopes, constructive criticism: the index as it stands is almost useless. It would be better to have two indexes, one for subjects, the other for names. Reasonably-priced concordancing software can now be purchased to help with this. Full marks to Gabb for giving the reader running footnotes, but a separate bibliography at the end would have helped too.