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I finished "I Must Speak Out" a few days ago. I liked it very much. The book is a collection of essays from a variety of sources, but mostly come from the mind and research of Carl Watner.
Watner delves into many areas of history where an absence of government caused no problems at all. In fact, quite the contrary, when government intruded into human actions in the marketplace, it usually caused trouble.
Touching on such historical events as time standardization, the anarchic nature of the English language, and the advent of industrial standards, Watner's writings from a voluntaryist perspective are gripping, hopeful and enduring.
I read this book to my kids (aged 5, 3, and 1) at bedtime. My eldest daughter cried when she learned that I had finished it when I was out of town for a funeral. She remarked to me, "Rothbard is okay, but Carl Watner's the BEST!" Watner's easy going style, and wonderful way of simply explaining the complex is the most endearing quality of this book.
I am very glad this was selected by the participants of the Freedom Book Club as their Book of the Month for February 2009. However, a flaw, which is not to be overlooked as minor, is the typography. There are quite a number of insignificant typos throughout the book, which didn't detract from the content of the material. But the major double "The" on the cover is a gaff not easily overlooked (once you notice it, it haunts you). I have to give credit to my 3 year old, who was reading the title one night, and read the title as it actually appears, "The Best of the... The Voluntaryist 1982 -1999." Hopefully there will be future editions of this book, sans the duplication. It is a volume that I will cherish.
What an incredible book! The simplicity yet depth of the logic is inspiring.
While some might disagree that peace is a good option in all situations, they will likely agree that the author was quite honest in his logical reasonings behind his stance. The many sections in the book are a bit repetitive, but they come from many different perspectives, including Quakers! it is also easy to read with many articles of varying length.
What strikes me most about the book is the complete honesty. Most of us have "yeah but's" in our moral stances, but this book serves as a standard bearer of goodness and a way for peace. The author speaks of Gandhi and is also a pacifist. While I disagree with this, I very deeply respect his stance. 95% of readers will at the very least discover from reading this book that they are not very strong or consistent in their principles... which seems to lead to self-improvement.
I would rank this book among the Top -10 Reads a person should do...
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It seemed to be a well written book but is not my type of political understanding and leanings. I am not certain why it was suggested I read it as I think such a thing would be wonderful if it worked but it never does. All men may be created equal but none remain the same throughout their life.
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