This is an important topic but Frisby is trite and simplistic in his arguments. If I were inclined to the view that the state is too large and needs to withdraw from many areas of shared service provision I would be angry that his book would undermine the cause. Whether it is about our system of money, tax, health care or education his assertions are not well supported by evidence and he takes an optimistic view that people can and should provide for themselves. There are some useful truths buried in the text but he has over stated the case from the examples used and failed to recognise where evidence is used selectively. This book was a significant disappointment on an important topic and I would not recommend it.