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Libertarian, NOT libertine; anarchy, NOT violent chaos!
on November 13, 2012
Professor Gerard Casey's new book, LIBERTARIAN ANARCHY: AGAINST THE STATE, at first glance might seem like a radical incitement of chaos and senseless violence. Instead, this book is an iconoclastic view of government and law which favors basic human values while disabusing its readers of the myth that centralized monopoly of violence (the essence of government) is vital to a civil society.
For those who are inextricably (and inexplicably, in my view) married to contemporary myths of the status quo, reading LIBERTARIAN ANARCHY could be puzzling and frustrating. However, if you truly believe in human values and in critical thinking, this will be a good read.
Professor Casey clearly explains and justifies the libertarian Non-aggression Principle (NAP), based upon the Golden Rule of many religions and all civil societies. With extensive knowledge of history, particularly writings of notable economists and philosophers, he highlights both his agreement and his disagreement with other viewpoints, dissecting out key points while supporting his own persuasively. Heeding Friedrich Hayek's ( hayekcenter.org ) warning about collectivists distorting our language to meet their propaganda aims, Casey meticulously points out and rectifies many such distortions.
Just as the author's sometimes dry rhetoric becomes a bit brittle, he provides humor. Purposely brief, this book is not superficial, but pithy, provoking enlightening thought and insights.
If you think "the left" is either superior or inferior to "the right" read the book. If you think you are not a victim of "the system" read the book. If you think, read the book. I think; therefore I am Libertarian.
Lee O. Welter