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Welcome To Free America Paperback – October 26, 2011
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(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 Barker in person, he and I have been corresponding via email and he has generously advised me about my own as-yet-unpublished book, a similar futuristic novel about a libertarian - although not anarchist - republic.)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.Read more ›
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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I had to read this small book for a 100 level political science class. It is certainly an interesting read if you're looking for one person's conception of a libertarian utopia... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Moriah
Mr. Barker has done an excellent job with this book. I do not have the disadvantage of having worked in an ivory tower where statists are constantly cherry-picking news to back up... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Julia Scotese
This book ought to be somewhere on the syllabus in US public schools. When is the Hollywood movie coming out?Published 15 months ago by J C Lester
In general, I liked this book. I am afraid that his predicted near future will come true because governments will not be able to sustain projected debt levels. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jim Y
Very nice political (anarcho - libertarian) mind exercise. This is a try to show that society can survive without a government. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Pawel Wagner
I loved the book because it presented a number of familiar concepts into a cohesive totality that I have not seen before. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Emery
David Barker takes us to a world where the current government overreach into every aspect of our lives is non-existent. Oh, if only it were true today. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by John R
I find the book mildly entertaining and mostly disturbing. i find most troubling the aparent acceptance of slavery discribed in the book as unsettling. also. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Daniel Hoffman
I disagree with the libertarian/anarchist perspective and believe that a society like the one depicted here would actually be unsustainable and unhappy. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by AP