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Boundaries of Order: Private Property as a Social System Paperback – Large Print, 2009
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Shaffer starts off by redefining Statism as just one form of Institutionalism and then takes off like a rocket. He examines the differences in ownership and control of property and how they reflect on liberty. Then he looks at Boundaries and Trespass. He also tackles the 'Newtonian' perspective of social order and posits that a larger understanding of physics and nature call for a more Holistic or "Holographic" understanding of society. I will be digesting these ideas for a very long time. "Nothing grows from the top down."
Shaffer is a "wraparound" libertarian, so far right he's left, or is it the other way around? In any event, he is vehemently anti-war, anti-state and even anti-institution, arguing that sclerotic institutional bureaucracy is the enemy of liberty and thus ultimately of us all. His notion of "property" far transcends real estate, though, and his discussion over three chapters of "boundary", "claim" and "control" is alone worth the price of the book.
This book carries the potential to enrage across the political spectrum, which to my mind is reason enough to recommend it. It is far more than that, however, and I urge those puzzled by our society's inability to "form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" to read Shaffer's book.
I've not read a more compelling book than this in 50 years... since I first read Ludwig von Mises' books ("Human Action", "Theory and History" and "Socialism").
I can only guess that this book is very much like one of the good professor's classes. He expects you to learn something instead of simply rehashing old worn out ideological slogans.
If you are a student of self autonomy (freedom) and/or of human relationships, this is a book for you.
He goes on to present a convincing case that an evolution away from pyrimidal, authoritarian systems and toward a true free market system based upon a three dimentional horizontal social network would not only work, but would present human society with the best chance of realizing the elusive utopia. The book is weighty and will challenge you to think, but it is never heavy. He is selling the idea of true human freedom, and has packaged his product well -- I'm buying it!
Each life needs space with which to raise offspring, maintain a food source, etc. With the loss of property and thus the rest of our rights - for the many spring from the one - we are but slaves living in abject poverty, with a few toys served up as passifiers. Subservient to the master providing gruel, or basic white bread and water.
The dissolusion of family leads us to commit acts that would not normally occur. The family, with inherent rights, defines the Boundaries of Order. The State has had this very destruction in its sights for decades. Their plan is nearly complete.
Boundaries of Order by Butler Shaffer is a must read for anyone concerned with loss of property rights, and thus all the others that spring from the most necessary right. It's not just for the spotted owl, or the Prebble mouse. Each of those needs space in order to survive as do humans. The loss of space, rights, property, can be linked to the sickness we are experiencing now. The mental illness of not knowing there are invisible shackles around your ankles. The vast restrictions put upon us creates the sociopathic disorder we are seeing in our military machinations. This effect "trickles down to those creatures we desire to save above man". For if man has been stripped of rights, you can be sure that plants and animals will be lost first.
As an aside: Notice big corporations force you to apply for a job online, via multiple choice answers to questions that should be questioned. They seem to be seeking sociopaths. You have no right to question, add explanations, etc. You are but a number in the bottom line in the machine of social disorder.
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