"Sartwell's work stands in the Thoreauvian tradition he admires--simultaneously lyrical and plainspoken, intensely personal yet theoretically compelling. Transcending the hackneyed opposition between individualist and communitarian approaches to politics, Sartwell's spirited, engaging, and insightful critique of the state reminds us of the essentially barbarous nature of that institution, forcefully engages the classic arguments on its behalf, and makes a vigorous and inspiring case for a humane anarchist alternative." -- Roderick T. Long, Auburn University
"Sartwell is unabashed and unrelenting in pointing out the unquestioned absurdities at the foundation of the state's legitimacy. His refusal to accept any assumption on faith or to turn away from logical conclusions is the book's greatest strength." -- Dana Ward, coauthor of Political Reasoning and Cognition: A Piagetian View --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
If you have any interest in Anarchist theory, or for that matter any political theories justifying the existence of States this is close to perfect. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gregory J. Kaszynski
This book served as a great introduction to anarchist theory and offered insightful analysis into the monotony of political theories we are all brainwashed into accepting as divine... Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by CB