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Hope by [Zelman, Aaron, Smith, L. Neil]
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L. Neil Smith is the two time winner of the Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Fiction for his novels "Pallas" (1993) and "The Probability Broach" (1980). As founder and National Coordinator of the Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus, publisher of the on-line magazine "The Libertarian Enterprise", and a Life member of the National Rifle Association, Smith is renowned for his prominence in the Libertarian movement, of which he has been a part of for more than thirty-five years. Author of more than twenty books, Smith has been hailed for his ability to combine adventure, humor, and rivetingly original political concepts to create more compellingly than any other writer, novels that embody Libertarian concepts. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife and daughter.

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  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1604502932
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (November 28, 2008)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MIZMY8
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By S. Peek VINE VOICE on June 16, 2010
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This novel is not only great fun, but it very thought provoking as well.

Alexander Hope is a retired billionaire businessman turned college history professor. He is a libertarian and ardent advocate of liberty. Some of his students convince him to seek the nomination of the 'Free Libertarian Party of America' for president. Due to some very unusual circumstances, he ends up winning the presidency.

Once in office, he is on a mission to reduce government and introduce liberty to people's lives. He is willing to do whatever it takes including some actions that will likely shock most readers. Hope is such a radical libertarian that it is likely almost everyone will be bothered by one or more of his positions. Most of the solutions here would undoubtedly do a great deal to restoring freedom to the lives of American citizens. If we actually had a situation like this, the turnaround that would be experienced would be amazing. It is a very fun book to read, at least for one who is a libertarian philosophically. I suspect that statists would not appreciate it nearly so much.

In spite of the entertainment value, the book does have a few problems. Some of these appear to be deficits that the authors have regarding our system of government such as the fact that impeachments originate in the House, not the Senate. Another one that jumps out is an error regarding the number of members of the Senate.

There are also some problems with formatting and run on words that may only apply to the Kindle version, which is the way that I read it.

Besides the problems cited above, the story has a few things that make the storyline unrealistic, even if a hardcore libertarian were elected to the presidency.
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Imagine, if you will, a principled Libertarian actually being elected President of the United States and then having the guts to actually keep his campaign promises. Is Rod Serling's ghost about to show up? No, but I could imagine this book being an episode of The Twilight Zone, which I mean as a compliment.

Alexander Hope is a college professor whose students convince him to run for President as the nominee of the Free Libertarian Party of America. After enduring a convention every bit as bizarre as I remember them, he does get the nomination, though a more mainstream party hack is nominated as Vice President. The Democratic candidate dies in a freak accident and the Republican candidate ends up in some hopeless scandal and thus Hope is elected President. Social media and the Internet play a big role in this.

Yes, as I would expect there are several attempts made on his life as he pushes through his pro liberty agenda. Impeachment attempts follow and then the FLP abandons him for being "too extreme." The characters are well developed and Hope truly lives up to his name. The ending is very satisfying.

If you are a libertarian you will very likely really enjoy this book, as I did. I don't see a scenario like this playing out, but the optimism in this book is refreshing. The collaboration between Zelman and L. Neil Smith is very effective.

This novel is thoughtful and entertaining. I very much recommend it.
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I had read this novel shortly after publication (the authors' earlier novel The Mitzvah - set in the same speculative fiction "universe" as Hope - had been entertaining in a meaty, thought-provoking way) but in light of The Donald's presidential candidacy (and the fact that the novel's Alexander Hope was described as running in an election wherein the National Socialist Democrat American Party had nominated an altogether undisguised representation of Hitlery, "America's ex-wife") I can't understand why this title isn't flying off the shelves - or out over the Web in Kindle format - like hotcakes.

Irreverent, consummately well-informed (pertinent even to the recent #OccupyMalheur uprising against the federal Bureau of Land Management, a foul mess stewing for decades in the flyover country of the Jackelope Rebellion) and entertaining on a humanist character development level, it's the sort of contemporary political science fiction that would be up for a "retro Hugo" this year were the Social Justice Warriors not ripping the guts out of the World Science Fiction Society in a "destroy the village in order to save it" campaign.

Rabid Puppies, anyone?
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Or slightly above four and a half, rounding up to five stars. The concept, for anyone who likes the idea that America was founded on, is great. What if, by a series of accidents and fortune, a libertarian president had been elected in 2008. The story is in detail and well thought out. The only downside is the few spots where it tends to drag a little in the action. This is probably unavoidable due to the need to go into a lot of detail to explain the political concepts and also the fact that there is a lot more natural drama in a system that stirs up more trouble than one that solves things. If you like the idea of self-reliance, you should like this one.
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