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Inclined to Liberty (Large Print Edition): The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit Paperback – Large Print, January 1, 2008
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Each chapter is short and to the point. Its a survey of great idea and a great starting point.
If you are inclined to liberty then get the book.
He begins with an analysis of the human proclivity toward "blame and resentment" and how those emotions are politically manipulated. He asks the questions, does societal inequality necessarily imply victims and villains, and why do we tend to divide ourselves into "them versus us" dichotomies? Carabini then warns of the pitfalls inherent in a strict system of democracy and reintroduces the old concept of "the tragedy of the commons." A consideration is offered as to how wealth is not a static monopoly but rather begets more wealth for all. A clarification is made as to what really constitutes money and how money does not equate with "prosperity." Carabini then berates the news media today for misleading us with skewed reportage and deconstructs the phenomenon of so-called "earnings gaps," explaining why any quest for "economic equality" is not only futile but harmful to the whole of society. As clearly demonstrated, redistribution of earnings and wealth quickly becomes a bane to a healthy economy and everyone suffers the worse for it.
A good deal of space is devoted to a careful exploration of the concepts of jobs, labor and the division of labor and the consequences and stifling effects of intrusive regulation as well as a critique of John Rawls' propositions regarding undeserved advantages in his classic book A Theory of Justice. This discussion leads to a revelation of the flawed reasoning of Karl Marx and his labor theory of value (as opposed to the subjective theory of value) and how unwittingly this philosophy underlies much of today's tragic experiments in social engineering. Carabini ends, however, on an upbeat assessment of where humanity may be headed in the future with the ascendency of technology undercutting the dominance of the nation-state and seeing its influence and control gradually erode away. He concludes, "Those who claim to be a better master of a life not theirs forfeit a part of their own lives, along with a portion of the lives of those who, wittingly or unwittingly, accept such claims as true," and "Liberty is a state of mind that does not require the indulgence of others."
If there is any weakness in Carabini's exposition, it might be found in Chapter 30 titled "Spontaneous Order vs Intelligent Design." Here, while the point he is making regarding natural order is valid, his employment of the term "intelligent design" is misleading connotatively because, properly understood and distinguished from "Biblical creationism," that concept more nearly resembles Adam Smith's "invisible hand" than does Darwin's "principle of natural selection." Nevertheless, the fault is a minor one and in no way dulls the main thrust of his reasoning. Additionally, some might object to the brevity of some chapters, not because the subject is given short shrift but rather because the treatment is so well done that one wants more.
As Carabini himself observes in the penultimate chapter, he has within these pages spelled out convincingly for the reader the economic benefits of liberty with an emphasis on utility and prosperity. Nevertheless, he admits in the first chapter that in his opinion people are in general attracted to one of two opposing camps-those inclined to liberty and those inclined to mastery-and it is rare that exposure to additional evidence and facts sways anyone to switch camps. Yet a book such as this makes excellent reading for those of either camp by dispelling a good many misconceptions planted by a feckless media and conniving politicians, thereby providing even the liberty doubters with an accurate and faithful representation of the vision they themselves claim to oppose.
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