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Welcome to Free America [Kindle Edition]

David Barker
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"Welcome to Free America" describes America in the year 2057, 26 years after government has collapsed. The book is written as a guide for new immigrants. "Free America" is not a paradise, but it is prosperous and free, and manages to function in the complete absence of government. Readers may differ over whether the society described is a utopia or a dystopia.

Contents:

1. A Short History of Free America 1
2. What to Do First 13
3. Finding a Job 17
4. Where to Live 23
5. Protecting Yourself 31
6. Punishment of Crimes 45
7. Money 49
8. Getting Around 55
9. Health and Medical Care 59
10. Intellectual Property 63
11. Children 67
12. Drugs, Prostitution, Gambling, and Guns 71
13. The Environment and Energy Use 75
14. The Economy 81
15. Relations with Other Countries 89
16. The Future of Free America 91


Product Details

  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1105027791
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060PDXMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It could work January 2, 2012
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Another reviewer bemoans the "academic naivety of the presumed 'goodness' of human behavior outweighing the obvious evils recorded through out human history." I'd point out that the obvious evils to which he refers are typically imposed from above, be it a despotic government or antagonistic Church. In Free America (as described in this book), the lack of a centralized, powerful authority and the ubiquitous nature of the Internet serve as checks on groups of people gaining such power.

The book goes into some detail on how things we now consider crimes are prosecuted. I can't say that I know it would work; but it's never been tried, whereas we have centuries of experience with the evils possible under a powerful centralized government. From North Korea to Nazi Germany to America's own Tuskegee syphilis experiment, there's not enough paper in the world to list 'em all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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"Welcome to Free America" by David Barker is a fictional guidebook to how things are done in Free America, after the collapse of governments in 2031 and an anarchist free market system emerges.

(Note: Although I have never met Mr. Barker in person, he and I have been corresponding via email and he has generously advised me about my own as-yet-unpublished book, a similar futuristic novel about a libertarian - although not anarchist - republic.)

Therefore, I have been researching exactly the same topics from a similar point of view, and I can say that Mr. Barker has done a very thorough job in describing how a market-anarchist system would function, mentioning some details that I had not run across. The section about the economy is particularly well-done, as would be expected from a former Fed Reserve economist, although the description of how gold-based money works as its value constantly fluctuates was difficult for me to grasp (even with degrees in economics myself).

The book does make a good case that his system would likely work at least as well as our current system, especially as time allows markets to improve things as he describes has happened.

However, if I had one quibble, it would be with the overall tone of the book. Perhaps this is because it is presented as a technical guidebook, not a book trying to convince people of the advantages of living in Free America, which presumably the millions moving there would not need. But most of the book does not reassure real (not fictional) readers that life in Free America is in fact better than it was under a governmental system, however flawed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I saw the author of this book, David Barker, on the Dylan Ratigan show. The back story of the author was enough to get my attention - he is a former Federal Reserve economist who has written a book about how people would get along without a government. Interest officially piqued. So I run to Amazon and download the book right to my Kindle Fire, and right from the beginning I knew this book was about to confirm a lot of ideas I have had recently about the role of government in the lives of humans. Barker starts the book off with a little bit of history about the U.S., detailing the principles that this nation was founded on and where this nation has ended up today. He then goes on to hypothesize what would happen should government debt - which has already surpassed the annual economic output of the entire country - spins wildly out of control and leads to massive hyperinflation and political turmoil, much like is seen in many African or other third world nations (or, to some extent, the PIIGS nations in the Euro-zone). Barker hypothesizes that the government will collapse as an economic entity, and that the American people would have to fend for themselves when it comes to delivering the services that we normally expect to be taken care of by government. Roads, police, schools, health care, everything you can think of is totally privatized in this Free America, and people are kept in line because their reputations are valuable in their communities. Economic and personal relationships are based off of people's reputations so if someone becomes known as a thief, liar, swindler, or any other kind of general ne'er-do-well, their standing in the community is threatened and life could become very difficult. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objective look at Anarcho-Capitalism January 18, 2012
By Matthew
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The most important thing about this book is its attempt to portray objectivity...

The author clearly shows that a "free america" an anarcho-capitalistic america in the future is very possible. He also then warns of pitfalls and benefits.

The book is a success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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David Barker invites us to join him in a captivating thought experiment about a possible future without the united states government. Starting with a clear history and diagnosis of the grave and incorrigible economic crisis that haunts the u.s. government - a colossal and unstoppable debt produced by the contradictory demands of voters for lower taxes and more government spending - David Barker predicts the collapse of government and its replacement by a thriving society based on rules without rulers. Driven by the unpopularity of higher taxes and cut backs in government spending, competing political parties learn to take refuge in the less visible tactics of printing money and increasing government borrowing. But the unintended affect of this is an eventual inability of the government to pay its bills, at which point the u.s. government collapses along with the authority of government. Drawing on his specialization in economics, David Barker suggests ingenious and plausible ways in which social problems in a society without government can be solved while respecting justice and liberty. Of course, as Karl Popper argued, because of the influence of new knowledge in the future, there is no inevitability in the movement of society and we cannot give strictly a "scientific" prediction of a detailed future. But we can make educated guesses about it and even about our personal utopia (in the sense of ideal society). It could work, but even if it wouldn't work with those particular arrangements, Barker's hypothetical future can help us to view our current state of affairs more clearly. After all, we only have governments and collusions between governments and business as examples. We don't have true purely private property markets - yet. Read more ›
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