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Looking Backward: 2162-2012 A View from a Future Libertarian Republic Paperback – February 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468178954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468178951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,606,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Cody has been writing monthly editorials from a libertarian perspective for the Iowa City Press-Citizen since 2006. She owns a small retail business in Coralville, Iowa and lives with her husband and two children, whom she home schools, on five acres in rural Johnson County, Iowa. She has degrees in Flute Performance, Economics, Chinese, a graduate degree in International Finance and she spent two semesters studying in Beijing, China. Prior to purchasing her business, she was a financial analyst for the Chinese joint venture power plant investments of an Eastern Iowa energy company. Her other hobbies include practicing Hapkido (a Korean martial art in which she is a 4th-degree black belt instructor), reading history and Golden-Age British mysteries, and gardening.

More About the Author

Beth Cody has been writing monthly editorials from a libertarian perspective for the Iowa City Press-Citizen since 2006. She owns a small retail business in Coralville, Iowa and lives with her husband and two children, whom she home schools, on five acres in rural Johnson County, Iowa.

She has degrees in Flute Performance, Economics, Chinese, a graduate degree in International Finance and she spent two semesters studying in Beijing, China. Prior to purchasing her business, she was a financial analyst for the Chinese joint venture power plant investments of an Eastern Iowa energy company.

Her other hobbies include practicing Hapkido (a Korean martial art in which she is a 4th-degree black belt instructor), reading history and Golden-Age British mysteries, and gardening.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend and hope to see more from this author.
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The way that Beth ties in some of the big government actions of today and shows how a free society can best handle situations that arise is superb.
JRaney
She has also created a realistic analysis of what a post United States "America" (geopolitically speaking) would look like and feel like.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Barker on February 18, 2012
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Anyone interested in politics will find this book a lot of fun to read. The plot is clever, the characters are well developed and interesting, and the writing is always lively and clear. Along the way, the book delivers careful libertarian analysis of nearly every political issue imaginable.

Even seasoned libertarians will find fresh insights in this book, and non-libertarians will find their world views seriously challenged. Anyone who is new to libertarianism will find the book very useful, since it will fill in the gaps that most newcomers have in their understanding of libertarian answers to a variety of problems. Five stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren C. Gibson on April 3, 2013
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The author's stated goal was to write a libertarian equivalent of Edward Bellamy's socialist utopian novel "Looking Backward." She achieves that goal with room to spare.

If I were to judge this novel by its plot, characterization, or dialogue, I would have to knock off a couple of stars. I won't because those elements, which are crucial to most novels, don't matter here. The flimsy plot is quite adequate to the author's purpose which is to portray a near-ideal libertarian society. I wouldn't call her vision a "utopia" because at several points, Prof. Seeton, the expositor and defender of the new society, admits that it has flaws. He even says it will collapse eventually and only hopes that event will be peaceful.

I almost wished that I too could crawl into a time capsule, as her protagonist does, and go back to a time before I became a libertarian. That's because this would be such a dandy introduction for someone new to the philosophy. A novice with an open mind would find a trove of solid arguments on nearly every aspect of human life.

Get copies of this book for the young people in your world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ravi Morey on May 10, 2013
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While I disagree with the philosophy of libertarianism, this book presents the rationale for this viewpoint extremely well. The plot lines and character development are also quite good. The novel is modeled almost exactly along the lines laid down by the similarly named book from 1887 by Edward Bellamy. It is interesting to note that while this work expresses the view that the United States will break up into several parts in the next two or three decades, another work entitled "Looking Backward: 2050-2013" written by Ravi Morey expresses the opposite view: Namely, the United States will be absorbed into a larger world federation. So, we have here two recently published novels with very similar titles expressing the view that the days of the United States of America are numbered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda D. Simpson on March 31, 2013
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A very readable novel inspired by libertarian ideas. I had never read anything like this, and had only a passing knowledge of libertarianism, but I learned a lot from this story. I was fascinated at the thought that things would be a world better if know it all government got out of our way. The chapters on schools, prisons, arts, and neighborhoods were very interesting. I think the cop out was placing this country in the middle of America in a landlocked state so it had no unfriendly or open borders to worry about, thus freeing it from ponying up for national defense. And I'm sure pacifists would not be satisfied to find that instead everyone owned guns, every US nation had nuclear weapons, and you could park a tank in your driveway. If anyone is interested to know what this theory might look like in practice this is a great read. There are still points for debate, but a peek at what we would become if weaned off the nanny state is fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joeliberty on July 2, 2012
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Beth Cody does an excellent job in this work of fiction. This book should be a primer on what libertarianism means to those who are questioning the wisdom of the current political landscape. Even a skeptic will question their views if they read the book as an inquiry into libertarian thought. Beth wrote an excellent work for her first time, she touched on every subject that currently plagues contemporary political life and lays it out in a fiction work of conversation, persuasion, and thought. I am very glad to have read this book and plan on purchasing some more for friends and for discussion points for others who have libertarian ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Klimek on May 5, 2012
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This is a very impressive book from a first time author. Beth Cody has written a bold and (I dare say) transcending look into the future of America and the world that we know. The book is scary in many ways. When you sit back and wonder how our current existance can survive with massive debt spending, never ending entitlement programs, continual government interjections, ect... you always wonder if (or when) the bubble will burst. This book takes you through an interesting course of just that. If you are a person of "moderate" political ideology (such as myself) you will probably read this and remain skeptical/dubious to how this new world will work. Just as the main character does. But the more you read, the more you will like, and the more you will believe. A Libertarian approach to to this brave new world seems exactly what we need. Bravo Beth!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward B. Wright on May 30, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking story. Cody's optimistic and tolerant future view offers a glimpse at how people with widely differing values and priorities can live their way while accommodating diversity. Today we often are presented little hope that diverse expression of values can be tolerated. Todays "free speech zones" and severe critiques of political "incorrectness" often suggests that our most likely future is some form of autocratic police state; Beth Cody's "Future Libertarian Republic " offers a far
more pleasant possibility.
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