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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Larkin Rose (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145075063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450750639
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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210 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Dabooda on February 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Little children learn morality from their parents: things are good or bad because Mommy and Daddy SAID so. A little later, they may be taught that things are good or bad because God SAID so, in some Holy Book. And still later, when they are taught "civics" in government schools, they will be taught that things are good or bad because "It's the law." (And it's GOOD to obey the law, BAD to break it.") But "the law" is just whatever politicians SAY it is.

A person becomes an adult when he outgrows the need to be given moral commandments from people he thinks of as "authorities," and learns to judge for himself what is right or wrong. This is a book to read to discover just how adult YOU really are. The book as a whole is a litmus test that will show whether the reader is an adult with independent judgment, or still a child, believing every fantasy and superstition that the "authorities" in his life have told him to believe.

You may or may not agree with Rose's conclusions, but you should be prepared to have many of your own cherished beliefs challenged and examined. This is a book to stretch your mind, and that may be uncomfortable, if your mind is out-of-shape. But like any good workout, the results are very rewarding.

The "most dangerous superstition" referred to in the title is the idea of "authority," which includes all belief in "government." No, I'm not providing "spoilers;" this is something Rose lays out on Page 2 of the book. He doesn't deny that all the legislators, police, bureaucrats and soldiers exist -- they clearly do. But the thing that makes "government" something more than a gang of thugs is the respect -- even reverence -- in which it is held by the people it rules.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By J. Quirk on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do you live your life according to moral principles?
I stumbled on Larken Rose speaking on Youtube and was so startled by his gift for clarity of thought and expression I went to his web site and bought all his books. This book is jaw-dropping, gasp-inducing, astounding, life-changing, with so many quotable aphorisms I underlined every fourth sentence, circled every third paragraph, cluttered the margins with exclamation points, stars, and scribbles. This is a book that forces you to wrestle with it. I was pinned.
No, I've never met Larken. He has no idea who I am. This is not nepotism. He is Thomas Paine without the rhetorical flourishes. If you think government can do "some" good, Larken will walk you through the reasons why this shared delusion is self-contradictory, anti-rational, and ethically deranged. We don't realize how deeply we brainwash each other. We don't just drink the Cool-Aide, we marinate in it. Conservatives and Liberals are both wrong precisely to the extent they agree.
If you read all 210 pages, you cannot help but decide all government must be evil and destructive by its very nature, from its initial foundational axioms to its total net effects, and our world would flourish with no government at all if we just apply the principles we teach our children to adults in government costumes: no hitting, no taking other people's stuff, keep your promises, use your words, and, yes, it matters who "started it."
Larken has cultivated a discipline of integrating his heart and mind, and he speaks to your efforts to do the same. His clarity and concision are truly find-freeing.
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By dong on January 27, 2011
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This book can only have meaning to one who WANTS to honestly question what they believe and everything about themselves. Mr Rose uses simple language and logic that anyone can easily follow. Detractors may not WANT to believe the simple truth, but that doesn't negate the logic used to connect the individual to the problems that emanate from "authority" and the "state". One may disagree with the idea of dismantling the "state" because of broken arguments such as "hey we've reached the pinnacle of human societal interactions, so any other form of 'government' will only be worse", but that doesn't refute Mr Rose's logic.

This book is very easy to read and follow the logic, and does require honest reflection of one's beliefs, as it presents ideas, ideas that have the power to change the world. Only a slave would not be willing to always question their beliefs and ideas. From the movie "V for Vendetta": Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
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Larken Rose has written an excellent expose' of the fraud and false premise that the whole syllogism for "Government" is built upon. This is not your typical book with neat little chapters. It has instead several "Parts" that contain an excellent free flowing stream of topical consciousness. This is an entertaining and informative apologetic against the "divine right to rule" by those who claim to have some secret superior knowledge granted to them by their deity, the State. Mr. Rose's logic and reason are experiential in his ongoing understanding of the facade of reality proffered by the prophets of power and control. He minces no words and is exact in his examples to articulate the absurdities and contradictions that produce an ongoing state of cognitive dissonance in the American public specifically, and the world generally.

Bolt your socks to your shoes because this is the truth of how people have been conned, cajoled and coerced into selling their birthright of Liberty for some watered down soup called "American Freedom." You owe it to yourself and your family to understand the fraud and how to correctly combat it. There are solutions and Larken doesn't shy away from listing the hypothetical possibilities that some may choose on their own. This is an easy to read, hard to digest for some and ultimately conscience freeing treatise on the rightness of the rule by none.
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