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Instead of Politics: (Civilization 101) Paperback – November 17, 2010
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Instead of Politics consists of one short introduction and two long sections. Each section is divided into five chapters. Each chapter is subdivided into multiple subchapters. Each subchapter is immediately followed by several cartoons (courtesy of cartoonist Rex F. May). The anti-state cartoons are reminiscent of the cartoons effectively employed in Walter Block's 1976 libertarian classic Defending the Undefendable.
Kosanke's Introduction quickly relates the purpose of the book: 'So in publishing this booklet, my goal is to expose politics for what it is, set the record straight, and thus permit mankind to see and prevent its own manipulation.' He then depicts his consequentialist method: 'By demonstrating the most elementary market principles, I will put the almighty state before the tribunal and jury of contemporary man.' The author concludes the Introduction with a resolute call for action: 'I will do my part to nudge my fellow bearers of light to join in my quest to forever affix this imposter--this "Caesar"--to his own Appian cross ... We will be his slaves no more, for we will no longer grant him the means to compel us.'
Section A, "Man versus State," builds the foundation for a free-market society. Kosanke demonstrates, via empirical evidence, that the civilizing forces of the free-market are incompatible with and contrary to politics.Read more ›
This well constructed tome regarding the free market is written out in enough detail to make clear how such a free market can work and work well. Toward the end the author dispels the typical claim that the people that desire a free market desire a Utopia by pointing out it would not be and those same critics, not seeing an improvement to our present government are the ones thinking they already have a Utopia ie; "This is as good as it gets!".
I've recommended this book to some of my closest friends and now I am recommending it here. This book can serve as both a fantastic introduction to the free market and reduced government as well as a comprehensive explanation and/or source for those that have been reading on this subject for some time.
It makes arguments by stating assumptions that are never proven. If the premises are provable, then I would have appreciated knowing where these claims were coming from. As it stands it is entirely unconvincing and even annoying.
The basic thesis of anarchy is fascinating. Sorry I wasted my time with this crappy book