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  • Series: Think Now
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1st edition (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441144676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441144676
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In Libertarian Anarchy Gerard Casey presents a modern, clear and compelling case for anarcho-capitalism. Any lover of human freedom should read this book that very probably will set the agenda of the philosophical and political discussions of the next decades.' (Jesús Huerta de Soto, Professor of Political Economy at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)

'Gerard Casey has written a truly astonishing book, one that relentlessly dismantles some of the most deeply embedded presuppositions in political philosophy. From now on, this will be the first book I use to persuade someone who insists on the vast benefits the state provides. A lasting and vastly significant addition to the literature.' (Thomas Woods, Senior Fellow at Ludwig von Mises Institute, USA and New York Times bestselling author)

Casey does an admirable job of representing the philosophical case for libertarian anarchism. (Alex Sager Marx & Philosophy Review of Books)

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A defence of libertarian anarchy, presenting a novel perspective on political philosophy and a history of the concept of anarchy.

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I was a minarchist before I read this book.
Enoch Elijah
Casey cites many great libertarian theorists and other thinkers throughout "Libertarian Anarchy."
William Kiely
Probably the best short book (150 pages) on anarcho-capitalism that I have read so far.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lee Welter on November 13, 2012
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Professor Gerard Casey's new book, LIBERTARIAN ANARCHY: AGAINST THE STATE, at first glance might seem like a radical incitement of chaos and senseless violence. Instead, this book is an iconoclastic view of government and law which favors basic human values while disabusing its readers of the myth that centralized monopoly of violence (the essence of government) is vital to a civil society.

For those who are inextricably (and inexplicably, in my view) married to contemporary myths of the status quo, reading LIBERTARIAN ANARCHY could be puzzling and frustrating. However, if you truly believe in human values and in critical thinking, this will be a good read.

Professor Casey clearly explains and justifies the libertarian Non-aggression Principle (NAP), based upon the Golden Rule of many religions and all civil societies. With extensive knowledge of history, particularly writings of notable economists and philosophers, he highlights both his agreement and his disagreement with other viewpoints, dissecting out key points while supporting his own persuasively. Heeding Friedrich Hayek's ( hayekcenter.org ) warning about collectivists distorting our language to meet their propaganda aims, Casey meticulously points out and rectifies many such distortions.

Just as the author's sometimes dry rhetoric becomes a bit brittle, he provides humor. Purposely brief, this book is not superficial, but pithy, provoking enlightening thought and insights.
If you think "the left" is either superior or inferior to "the right" read the book. If you think you are not a victim of "the system" read the book. If you think, read the book. I think; therefore I am Libertarian.

Lee O. Welter
SACRAMENTO CA
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Kiely on December 13, 2012
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While I have been a libertarian anarchist for about two years now, I hadn't read any books on the subject until about a month and a half ago. In that time I first read David Friedman's "The Machinery of Freedom", then I read Gerard Casey's "Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State." I also read Gary Chartier's book "The Conscience of an Anarchist" and the first 250 pages of Murray Rothbard's "For a New Liberty."

Drawing from this experience I can say that Casey's book is quite different than the rest (in fact they are all quite different from one another). The back cover of "Libertarian Anarchy" says:

"Political philosophy is dominated by a myth, the myth of the necessity of the state. The state is considered necessary for the provision of many things, but primarily for peace and security...."

Having just read Friedman's "The Machinery of Freedom" I was expecting Casey's book to make more practical arguments for the position that the state is not necessary for the provision of peace and security than it actually did. The reality, however, is that most of the arguments in "Libertarian Anarchy" are principled libertarian arguments. Casey does makes various philosophical arguments that say that the state is not necessary. For example, in his discussion of law he argues that monopolistic states are not needed to provide law. But, he does not go into any in-depth discussions of the economics of the stateless provision of law, nor does he entertain any of the practical questions (such as, "But what about the roads?") that people often ask. This isn't necessarily a drawback of the book, but I'm mentioning it simply because I thought, judging by the statement on the back cover, that the book would have more practical arguments for a stateless society than it actually did.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. England on January 13, 2013
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Gerard Casey doesn't buy the notion of libertarians as socially liberal, economically conservative libertines. Nor is his anarchy that of those bearded, bomb-throwing, social-anarchists of a century ago.

"Libertarian Anarchy, Against the State" defines human freedom with but a single limitation: "no one may initiate or threaten to initiate coercive physical violence [aggression] against the person or property of another." This non-aggression principle stills leave room for the proportionate use of defensive force. It seems a reasonable rule to live by, but Professor Casey takes the next step and asserts that such limitation is as properly applied to government as it is to individuals.

After showing why any authority which violates this principle is inherently illegitimate, he examines the pseudo-contractual nature of state "constitutions" and answers many objections of those who doubt the ability of men to live in a society without having everyone minding everybody else's business.

Casey also examines how law & order can exist without a violent state and how similar free societies have existed in the past. This book is solid and readable--not exactly a primer--because there is real meat here, but a great analysis of why liberty is the only moral, logical choice for human society. Buy the book. Don't get it from the library because you are going to want it on your bookshelf.

Randy England
Jefferson City, MO, USA
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason H. VanSickle on February 13, 2013
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Very good introductory book to what the author calls Libertarian Anarchy, or Anarcho Capitalism. Gives great analysis of the principles of Liberty and what Anarchy really is.

I would recommend this to everyone. I just wish I would have came across this sooner on my Libertarian path. Would have sped up my process of understanding the concepts of Libertarianism much sooner.
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